Polar Plunge to celebrate 25 years of winter swims, fundraising this weekend

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Polar plungers hope to raise more than $1 million for Special Olympics Virginia this year. (Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Virginia)

For the 25th time, the Virginia Beach Polar Plunge will take place this weekend at Neptune’s Park on the Oceanfront.

Swimmers are invited to don their best swimsuits and costumes for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean to benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

Since the inaugural Polar Plunge took place in 1993, more than 45,000 plungers have raised $11.6 million for Special Olympics.

This year’s event aims to raise more than $1 million for the organization.

Kickoff will begin at noon Friday with the “Cool School Challenge.” Students and teachers from 13 participating schools will charge the chilly ocean waters for the cause.

On Saturday, the SunTrust onUp Plunge will take place at 9 a.m. Participants may take part in a one-mile or four-mile dash and splash that ends in an above-ground pool. The main plunge into the Atlantic Ocean is at 2 p.m.

Participants can register right up until each event starts. View a schedule of events and a festival map at www.polarplunge.com/virginia-beach.