PHOTOS: 900 people brave January waters for Special Olympics

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The AlohAvengers Polar Plunge Team. The AlohAvengers Polar Plunge Team.

The AlohAvengers Polar Plunge Team, a group of former Willingboro lifeguards and their families, were one of the many groups to brave the icy temperatures Saturday, Jan. 18  during the annual Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge. The plunge benefits the Special Olympics in New Jersey, and this year over 900 people participated.

Photos by Christie Rotondo


Front, Gia Lawrence, 6, Emma Severance, 8, Brianna Sharp, 8, Morgan Severance, 11, back Isabela Sharp, 10, and Lizzie Schmidneiser, 11, show off their costumes before the plunge.  Front, Gia Lawrence, 6, Emma Severance, 8, Brianna Sharp, 8, Morgan Severance, 11, back Isabela Sharp, 10, and Lizzie Schmidneiser, 11, show off their costumes before the plunge.

Front, Gia Lawrence, 6, Emma Severance, 8, Brianna Sharp, 8, Morgan Severance, 11, back Isabela Sharp, 10, and Lizzie Schmidneiser, 11, show off their costumes before the plunge.


Plungers dressed as Gumby and an Angry Bird make their way to the beach before the chilly dip. Plungers dressed as Gumby and an Angry Bird make their way to the beach before the chilly dip.

Plungers dressed as Gumby and an Angry Bird make their way to the beach before the chilly dip.


A group of plungers keep warm on the beach before jumping in the ocean. A group of plungers keep warm on the beach before jumping in the ocean.

A group of plungers keep warm on the beach before jumping in the ocean.


Emily Bohn-Drake of Long Valley wore a colorful tutu with her bathing suit the day of the plunge. Emily Bohn-Drake of Long Valley wore a colorful tutu with her bathing suit the day of the plunge.

Emily Bohn-Drake of Long Valley wore a colorful tutu with her bathing suit the day of the plunge.


Over 900 people took to the beach Saturday for the eighth annual polar plunge on Wildwood’s beach. Over 900 people took to the beach Saturday for the eighth annual polar plunge on Wildwood’s beach.

Over 900 people took to the beach Saturday for the eighth annual polar plunge on Wildwood’s beach.


OAfter the countdown, participants charged towards the water’s edge. After the countdown, participants charged towards the water’s edge.

After the countdown, participants charged towards the water’s edge.


The ocean temperature was 40 degrees Saturday, and the air was 36, but that didn’t stop plungers. The ocean temperature was 40 degrees Saturday, and the air was 36, but that didn’t stop plungers.

The ocean temperature was 40 degrees Saturday, and the air was 36, but that didn’t stop plungers.


The Cape May County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 pose together after the plunge. The Cape May County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 pose together after the plunge.

The Cape May County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 pose together after the plunge.


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