Special Olympics NJ Polar Bear Plunge Invites Brave Swimmers to the Wildwoods to Plunge into the Icy Waters of the Atlantic Ocean

THE WILDWOODS – Dig out your bathing suit and join in the fun! The Special Olympics New Jersey returns to the Wildwoods to kick off 2016 with an icy plunge into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a FREE event for spectators to watch, but Plungers must raise $100 in pledges to participate in the event. Registration is available online by visiting www.njpolarplunge.org. Additional registration and donations will be accepted on-site the day of the event.

The Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge is a family-friendly event benefiting more than 22,000 athletes of the Special Olympics New Jersey. There are incentives based on the total funds raised, and the highest fundraising team will be awarded the Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge Championship Cup.

Check-in will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside the warm Wildwoods Convention Center before the event. Immediately following the Plunge, all participants can enjoy a free lunch inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The night before the plunge, Friday, Jan. 15, Special Olympics New Jersey will host a Beef ’n Brrr Benefit at the Bolero Resort, located at 3320 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, from 7 to 11 p.m. A $20 donation will raise money for the event and includes roast beef sandwiches, salad, wings and draft beer, as well as a 50/50 raffle, live auction and live music by The Nobody Band. You do not need to be a participant in the Plunge to attend the Beef ’n Brrr Benefit.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run is sponsoring the Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge and is comprised of Law Enforcement officers who volunteer and are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. The Special Olympics Torch Run has become one of the most colorful aspects of the Special Olympics New Jersey Opening Ceremonies.

Year after year, the Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge continues to grow in popularity and is just one of the many FREE events offered in the Wildwoods. Beat the winter blues by showing support for a worthy cause; come join in the excitement of the January Polar Bear Plunge!

For additional information regarding the Special Olympics New Jersey, visit www.sonj.org.

For additional information regarding the Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge, call (609) 896-8000 or visit www.njpolarplunge.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, call (800) 992-9732 or visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.