Polar Plunge sets record

Nearly 3,100 “bears” braved the chilly Atlantic Ocean water to raise money for Special Olympics.

This year’s Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach featured a record 3,094 participants who raised a record $550,000 to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.  The water temperature was just 37 degrees at the time of the plunge, while the air temperature was relatively warmer for February, at 42 degrees.

The group’s Jon Buzby says, “We continue to be amazed at the support of not just the Bears, but their sponsors, the event sponsors and the beach-area community that has embraced this event to help change the lives of the 3,500 Special Olympics Delaware athletes.”

Over the 20-year history of the Polar Bear Plunge, more than $5.5 million has been raised for Special Olympics.

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