Wildwood, NJ – Hundreds of people wearing only bathing suits stood on a chilly Wildwood beach Saturday, waiting for the signal.
And they were off. Running across the beach in 37 degree weather, plunging into a 44 degree winter ocean. Man that was cold.
Bystanders were bundled up in parkas, hats and gloves. Some of the polar plungers also wore hats with their bathing suits. Might as well keep your head warm, right?
The annual test of courage – jumping into an icy ocean in January - raises money every year for New Jersey’s Special Olympics. While some participants want to get in and get out quickly as possible, others like to hang around and feel that cold wind on their wet skin.