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Crazy For A Good Cause: The Polar Bear Plunge

I live in NJ, and if you live anywhere in the northeast, you know that we had a BRUTAL winter this year. It snowed  a few times a week....every...single....week this entire winter. It's April and we had snow a few days ago. (NOTE: I really need to move somewhere warmer).

We decided to sign up for the Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood, NJ for 2014. This event benefits the NJ Special Olympics, which is an amazing cause. When we signed up for this sometime towards the end of 2013, we had no idea the winter we were in for. But, since we're not pansies, we didn't back down and went for it anyway.

Each participant must raise a minimum of $100 to plunge, with all of the money benefiting the Special Olympics. Participants all get a really nice, really warm Adidas sweatshirt for their participation. The more you raise, the more prizes that you qualify for.

The day of the plunge, we took the road trip down to Wildwood Convention Center, which is where the event takes place. It was 25 degrees with the wind chill, and the water was a super warm 37 degrees. And in the hour leading up to it, they gave us the weather report several times...which only made us more nervous.

For the occasion, we bought some polar bear hats from amazon.com. You see, every time that we participate in a crazy event, our goal is always to make it onto their website, or the event's Facebook page, or the news because we're crazy I guess. I was originally considering reusing my tutu from the ROC Race, but we decided against it because we figured that once we made it into the water, it's just going to be another soaking wet piece of clothing to wear. Since it was our first polar plunge, we didn't know what to expect in the way of people wearing costumes.

The "before" picture....nice and warm and dry
And then we found out that people went ALL out for this! Some of the costumes were hilarious!!

photo courtesy of PHL17.com

photo courtesy of PHL17.com

My favorite: Lt. Dangle from Reno 911. He had on the booty shorts and everything
We decided to head outside and line up a few minutes early to get a prime spot up front. That, and we figured that we're going to freeze no matter what, so we'd might as well start sucking it up and get used to it!

There were quite a few TV stations and newspapers that come out to cover the event, which had us excited. They did a countdown, and were were off! The easiest way to do this, if you're ever considering it, is to say "fuck it" and run right in. Don't stop and think about the stupid thing you're about to do. Don't stick your toe in and debate it. Just run right in and throw yourself into that 37 degree ocean like a champ. And while you're in there, stop and take a selfie for good measure!

It's a good idea to bring a non-crazy person with you to wait on the sidelines for when you come out of the frigid ocean with towels and a robe. Because you're going to be cold as fuck when you stumble out, and it's a bit of a hike back to the nice, warm convention center. There was lots of room to get changed back into dry clothes, and they even provided us with lunch afterwards. All in all, it was a great event for a great cause, and we both got to cross it off of our bucket list. I actually can't wait to do it again next year-and I think I even have my husband (who was our non-crazy person on the sideline) convinced to do it with us next time. And fear not-I'm prepared to document it next time with my brand new GoPro.

And for those of you wondering, we managed to achieve our goal of both making it onto a website and onto the news in our first event of the year. Woo hoo! Look at my husband behind me with his hat, scarf, and winter coat. He was still bitching that he was cold.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! photo courtesy of PHL17.com

Until Next Time!

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