Polar Bear Plunge Swim in Seaside Heights, NJ, Feb 28, 2009

Polar Bear Plunge

It’s cold!

This weekend frozen swimmers will be coming from all around to the beach and boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ, to take part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge.  Braving waters which may be as low as 30 degrees, the event is held every year in an effort to raise 1 million dollars for the Special Olympics, New Jersey organization.  Each participant has to donate a minimum of $100 to join in the event.

16th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights

This year will be the 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, and they now have more than 3,000 people registered for the event, some from as far away as Alaska.  There will be costumes, arcades and thousands of spectators in attendance. Big Joe Henry, “the Voice of the Plunge”, from Radio station NJ 101.5, will broadcast live from the Aztec Ocean Resort, site of the Plunge, with interviews, updates and a countdown to the Plunge.

The event is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a volunteer effort by the Law Enforcement community of New Jersey to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey was ranked number two in the world for raising more than $2 million in 2007.


  • Location – centered at the Aztec at Boardwalk and Sherman Ave.
  • Check-in – from 9:00 through 12:30 AM
  • The Plunge – 1:00 pm
  • Lunch – 1:15 (if you go for a plunge you and one guest eat for free)


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