Save the Date for the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge
The 17th annual run into the chilly Chesapeake Bay will take place Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.
Before you know it, 2013 will be here and so will the annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. Each year, thousands take a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland.
The Plungefest, which is open to the public, is set for Jan. 26, at Sandy Point State Park. Frigid Friday for participating schools will take place the day before the Plungefest.
Participants in the plunge must collect a minimum of $50 in pledges—and if they're younger than 18, they must have a parent or guardian's written consent.
It's still early but more than $200,000 has already been raised for Special Olympics Maryland, according to the event's website, which also has a running countdown until the event.
Rockville city police went "all in" for last year's plunge, which raised more than $2.1 million. Click here to see video of members of the department taking the plunge.
See past plunge stories from other Patch towns: