Sea Isle hosts Polar Bear Plunge this weekend

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Sea Isle hosts Polar Bear Plunge

SEA ISLE CITY – In the past 20 years, countless people have flocked to Sea Isle City each February to shake off the winter blues with a brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

They will return to Sea Isle’s beaches this Saturday, Feb. 15 for the 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce.

“We have many events scheduled, including special commemorations that will honor the notable people who have been involved with the plunge during the past 20 years – and who have helped make it what it is today,” said chamber president Chris Glancey.

The plunge weekend will start with a contest to crown the Polar Bear Royal Family (see related story) and end with the Mike’s Seafood Polar Bear Run/Walk for Autism on Sunday, Feb. 16. On Saturday, there will be a costume contest, parade and the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.

“I was on the beach that first year when only a handful of brave souls jumped into the ocean,” Glancey said. “Who could have imagined that in 20 short years Sea Isle’s Polar Bear Plunge has grown to be one of the biggest events in our town.” 

The Polar Bear Costume Contest will begin at noon on Saturday. The competition will be emceed by radio personality “Big Daddy” Graham under the Family Tent at the LaCosta Complex, JFK Blvd. and Landis Ave. Contestants are invited to don their most creative costumes and register on the day of the competition prior to 11:30 a.m. in the Plunge Registration Tent on JFK Boulevard, located between Central and Landis avenues. Only registered plungers will be permitted to enter the contest.

Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes in several categories, including Individuals/Small Groups (1-4 people), Medium Groups (5-9 people), Large Groups (10 or more people) and Families. There will also be a prize for Best in Show. Trophies, medals and gift certificates for The Lobster Loft Restaurant will be distributed to winners during an award ceremony under the Family Tent at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Polar Bear Parade will start at 1:15 p.m. and run along JFK Boulevard from Central Avenue to Pleasure Ave. The parade will feature live music, the 2014 Polar Bear Royal Family, past Polar Bear Kings and Queens, and contestants from the Costume Contest.

Polar Bear Plunge will start at 2 p.m. at the JFK Boulevard Beach. Only registered plungers will be permitted to walk onto the sand.

Participants can pre-register for the plunge by visiting or register on the day of the plunge at the Plunge Registration Tent. The fee to register for the plunge is $25 per person. Plungers 12-17 will require the signature of a parent or guardian upon registration. Each registered plunger will receive a commemorative 20th Anniversary Polar Bear Plunge T-shirt while supplies last.

A special jitney service will be available during Friday and Saturday of Plunge Weekend. The jitneys will run along Landis Avenue from 29th Street to 93rd Street. The main downtown jitney pick-up location on Saturday will be on Landis at West Jersey Avenue (one block south of JFK Boulevard).  The main downtown drop-off location will be on JFK Boulevard near the LaCosta Complex. 

Sea Isle hosts Polar Bear Plunge

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