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Organizers Explain Decision to Cancel Polar Bear Plunge

The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge is not being rescheduled.

A frozen shoreline greeted would-be plungers at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. (Credit: D. Frank Smith)
A frozen shoreline greeted would-be plungers at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. (Credit: D. Frank Smith)
By D. Frank Smith

For the first time in its 18-year history, cold weather was too much for the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park.

Saturday was forecast to be the first day of respite after a bitter snowstorm enveloped the region Tuesday. But cold winds and freezing temperatures persisted, ending the dreams of cold-water plunging for more than 7,000 hopefuls.

A frozen shoreline greeted would-be plungers at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, along with winds of up to 25 mph, creating waves up to 3 feet high, according to a notice posted Saturday on the Special Olympics Maryland website

Given the conditions, event organizers made the tough decision to cancel the plunge.

"We considered all possible scenarios for conducting today’s event and determined that there was no safe way to facilitate 7,000 people plunging," according to the notice. "We concluded that the severity of the conditions and corresponding implications that threatened safety of all involved dictated that we cancel."

The event raised just shy of $1.8 million of its $2.5 million stated goal. Organizers have said this year's plunge is not being rescheduled. 

"We hope that everyone is able to take pride in knowing that even without plunging their efforts will have a profoundly positive impact on 6,500 Special Olympics Maryland athletes throughout the state," organizers wrote.

Fundraising from the plunge benefits the Special Olympics.

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