WILDWOOD — Special Olympics New Jersey will return to the Wildwoods on Saturday for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. on the beach behind the Convention Center.

The plunge is free to watch, but plungers must raise $100 in pledges to participate, with all proceeds going to Special Olympics New Jersey. Early registration is available at njpolarplunge.org. Additional registration and donations will be accepted on site the day of the event.

Check-in will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. inside the Convention Center before the event. Immediately following the plunge, participants and children under the age of 12 can warm up with a free lunch inside the Convention Center. For those who are not participating, lunch can be purchased for $10.

The night before the plunge, Friday, Special Olympics New Jersey will host a Beef ’n Brrr Benefit at the Bolero Resort, 3320 Atlantic Ave., from 7-11 p.m. A $20 donation will raise money for the event and includes roast beef sandwiches, salad, wings and draft beer, as well as a 50/50 raffle, live auction and live music. You do not need to be a participant in the plunge to attend the Beef ’n Brrr.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 53 degrees and a low of 23, with rain in the morning.

Several polar plunges scheduled for earlier this year were either canceled or postponed due to frigid temperatures, including in Ocean City, Ventnor and Margate.

Brigantine’s plunge was rescheduled from New Year’s Day to Saturday.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run sponsors the Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge and is composed of law-enforcement officers who volunteer and raise funds for Special Olympics.

For additional information regarding Special Olympics New Jersey, visit sonj.org.

For additional information regarding the Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge, call 609-896-8000 or visit njpolarplunge.org.

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