all photos by Josh Barnett
February 26,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Seaside Heights NJ, over 6,884 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday for the 24th for the annual Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights.

Many groups raised money from Newark Firefighters, the fraternal orders like the Polar Bear Plunge and Hiram on Ice team.

The water temperatures were reported at 44 degrees and the temperature around 54 degrees, according to organizers, which was much warmer than in years past. Around 1 p.m. the action started with the plunge, thousands crowded the beach dressed as Vikings, polar bears and even Santa Claus.

The annual event raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics and organizers say they expect to raise more than $1.875 million this year.