Polar Plunge 2014

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Wildwood, NJ -  It was forty degrees (we brought a thermometer) and the wind was blowing up to 23 miles per hour Saturday on Wildwood’s beach.

On this bone chilling afternoon, almost a thousand scantily clad ladies and gents lined up on the sand behind Wildwood’s Convention Hall to run headfirst into a very cold ocean.

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Every year, the Special Olympics of New Jersey hosts this Polar Plunge.  Participants come from throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania to show they’re tough enough to plunge into the icy ocean in January. The popular fundraiser is now in its eighth year.

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This year, 950 brave souls charged into the sea, raising more than 300 thousand dollars for the New Jersey Special Olympics.

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Most didn’t stay in the 30 something degree ocean too long.

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A few did linger, taking photos and playing in the surf. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this shot was snapped in July or August.

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The rest got out of there – fast.

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Some chose special costumes for the occasion, dressed as bunnies…

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Mummers…

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Or Aloha Avengers. The Avengers team, not content with just one polar plunge, always take part in Detroit’s Polar Plunge as well. Why waste a good costume.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.