2017 Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood is Saturday

The PiggyPark Plungers run towards the ocean during the Plunge on Jan 16, 2016. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

The PiggyPark Plungers run towards the ocean during the Plunge on Jan 16, 2016. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

It should be downright balmy for the 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood this weekend. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-40s.

The frigid fundraiser will again be held on the beach near the Wildwood Convention Center and benefits Special Olympics New Jersey. The non-profit organization provides free sports training, competitions and health screenings to 25,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Last year’s Wildwood Plunge raised $375,000.Participants need to raise at least $100 to plunge ($125 day of event), some of which can be off-set by pledge donations from others. Groups of 10 or more can also participate as a team (groups must register by Jan. 10). Individuals can register online until Jan. 10 or register in-person on the day of the event. Registration and check-in for the event is from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.The plunge takes place promptly at 1 p.m. All plungers (and children under 12) can enjoy a free lunch after the plunge.Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J.

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