Polar Bear Plunge canceled because of weather

  • Selfie77

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    Jan 25, 2014 4:35 PM GMT
    Was anyone planning on doing this anyway?

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Special Olympics Maryland has canceled the annual Polar Bear Plunge because of high winds, tall waves and below-freezing temperatures.

    Organizers say more than 7,000 people had signed up to take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday morning to raise money for the Special Olympics.

    But they say that after consulting with the state police and park service, they determined that there was no safe way to hold the event.

    The accompanying PlungeFest has also been canceled.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 25, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    I would never do one of these polar bear swims. It just doesn't make any sense to jump into frigid water in the dead of winter and risk hypothermia.
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    Jan 25, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    we've done the plunge at Carolina Beach the last 2 years... lots of fun... and that water is cold
  • Breeman

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    Jan 26, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    I've done it. I won't do it again.
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    Jan 26, 2014 12:32 AM GMT
    Isn't going in the cold water the whole point? icon_lol.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 26, 2014 2:32 PM GMT
    BlackCat90 saidIsn't going in the cold water the whole point? icon_lol.gif
    Yeah it is the point, to put it more explicitly the point of stupidity. It is the equivalent of saying "I want hypothermia so bad".
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    Jan 26, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
    I have done it several times....in Cleveland, Northern New Jersey and Tampa .....
    it is fun....the water is rather cold, more so in Cleveland and NJ, but Tampa was pretty mild for me. These haves all been run with safety utmost in mind....with EMS, and multiple emergency swimmers stationed into the water to grab anyone if they get in trouble.....and a large enclosed heated tent area with plenty of blankets, towels, changing area, hot drinks,,,,etc and then the party afterward is great fun!
    I have raised many thousands of dollars for charities and felt good about it.
    Also if you look at the participants up north particularly....we all have a nice layer of insulation that is ok for the 15 to 30 seconds you are actually in the water...
    And.....ask anyone that has done a "Tough Mudder", "Warrior Run", World Naked Bike Ride, a Marathon, the Santa Speedo Run, a Triathlon, Iron Man, or any number of other activities "out of the norm"...why they did it....or if they enjoyed it....The point is to push yourself to try something New....it is NOT for everyone....so it is no dumber to the participants than maybe some things other do.icon_biggrin.gificon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_cool.gif
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Jan 26, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    A female friend spent a year at McMurdo Base in Antarctica.
    She wrote of an annual plunge there (Yeah, there, in Antarctica.) for anyone at the Base at the time. One jumps through a hole in the ice roped, and gets out immediately. I think its something everyone should do once, or less. icon_smile.gif
  • MarylandDave

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    Jan 26, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    Here's the reason given by the organizers for the cancelation:

    "After careful assessment of all contributing factors related to conducting the 18th Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge, Special Olympics Maryland, in consultation with the Maryland State Police and Maryland Park Service, have made the decision to cancel this year’s Plunge. A combination of high winds gusting up to 25 mph has created three-foot waves. Combined with freezing temperatures, this has created a large build up of snow and ice on the shore resulting in unsafe conditions for Plungers. Additionally, high winds are expected to continue throughout the day with 1-2” of snow is also in the forecast. Conditions are only expected to worsen throughout the day"

    So there was so much ice and slush washed along the shore and on the beach, it wasn't going to be safe to hold the event.

    My brother takes the plunge and helps organize one of these in Maine for a camp for kids with cancer. In Maine, they use chainsaws to cut an opening in the ice so they can get to the water! A quick dip into the water, then right into a hot tub.

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    Jan 26, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    If there's no ice, it's not a polar bear swim. If there temperatures are not below-freezing, there's no ice.