Bright and early Saturday morning, thousands of Marylanders will gather to plunge into the Chesapeake Bay for one of the biggest, wettest, coldest fundraisers in the state: the 16th annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge.
The annual plunge into the Bay helps raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Last year, more than 20,000 combined plungers and spectators attended, and raised nearly $3 million in donations.
Money is raised by gathering sponsored donations for each plunger, who must agree to immerse themselves into the icy waters of the Bay. Each participant must raise at least $50 in order to enter. Simply attending the wild event, however, is free.
The 10-day forecast predicts that Saturday will see a high of 47 and a low of 38. Hey, it could be worse.
The plungefest will begin at 8 a.m. at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, on the Broadneck Peninsula.
For more information, visit Plungemd.com