Cape Gazette

VIDEO: Polar bears plunge on Super Sunday

Feb 06, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Plungers take off for a brief dip into the cold Atlantic Ocean.

The water temperature was only 38 degrees when about 3,500 people jumped in Feb. 3 in Rehoboth Beach to take the 22nd annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Special Olympics of Delaware. Organizers say $652,000 was raised during the weekend, which included a run/walk, the first Pooch Plunge, ice-cream tasting and a chili cook-off highlighting Cape Region restaurants..

Chili contest winners were: best chili, Mariachi's; hottest, Dos Locos; most unique, Cafe Azafran; best vegetarian, Cake Break; and judge's choice, Mixx.

Air temperature at the time of the plunge was 30 degrees.


2013 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge
The 2013 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge was held Sunday, Feb. 3, in Rehoboth Beach. The annual event drew 3,500 participants and raised more than $650,000 for Special Olympics Delaware. (Video by: Nick Roth)
Miss Delaware Alyssa Murray emerges from the icy ocean after taking the plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
It's fun to jump into near freezing water in February. At least that's what (l-r) Gretchen Spraul, Zita Pennypacker and Susanne Truitt said when they came out of the water. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Winter weather doesn't bother this family as they prepare for the plunge. They are (l-r) Kelly, Kenny and Shannon Kreider of Wilmington. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
In the first pooch plunge Feb. 2, these Rehoboth Beach golden retriever owners try to get their dogs into the pools. Making the effort are Rina Pellegrini with Shadow and Dana Allers with Lucca. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The "real" pooch plunge is taking place in the ocean as Buckley comes out of the surf. Several other Labradors and retrievers followed suit taking a dip in the ocean. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Cold Polar Bears line up anxiously awaiting the signal to hit the water. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dave Slaughter of Wilmington begins to carve his ice sculpture near the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Carol Antolik of Wilkes Barre, Pa., says show me the money as she helps raise funds for Special Olympics of Delaware. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Wendy Matlack of Newark has started her own tradition of entering the water last and waving a polar bear flag. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Then there were three. The Blue Man and Yellow Man have added a third to their group, The Red Woman. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Happy Ravens fans are Holly Webb and Mike Karros of New Castle. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A group of dressed-up plungers pose for a photograph prior to heading in the ocean. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sue Squires of Wilmington is ready for her first cold dip. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Polar Bears head into the water for a quick dip during the 22nd annual plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
People try to stay warm prior to the plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Carlos Prugue of Rehoboth Beach emerges victorious after taking the plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shawn West of Lewes brings out a chainsaw to begin his ice sculpture. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The plunge is usually over within a few seconds, especially when the water is close to the freezing mark. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Susanne Truitt,, left, Zita Pennypacker and Gretchen Spraul rejoice after completing the plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Murphy Brown is dressed up and ready to plunge as owner Mickie McManamon of Rehoboth Beach keeps him close. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Only one dog to a pool as Duncan takes the plunge with owner Rena Seaton of Millsboro. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ryder, dressed in Ravens apparel, checks out the pool before even thinking about getting in. Ryder and owner Candy Brown of Rehoboth Beach won an award for being the most creative. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
It's only natural for Dexter to head to water. Kristin Klemish of Wilkes Barre, Pa., says all she has to do is lead the Labrador in the right direction. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Pat Ulmer of Bethany Beach isn't having much luck getting her Samoyed Annie to take the plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Buckley has no problem with the icy water. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bandit the Chihuahua doesn't seem to be thrilled about getting in the water. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Cathie Marshall, a Special Olympics volunteer, talks with Jon Buzby, director of Special Olympics of Delaware media relations, prior to the plunge. Marshall completed a plunge the day before in frigid Kentucky. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dogs and owners gather on The Boardwalk before the first Pooch Plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The temperatures were low enough to preserve the finished ice sculptures throughout Saturday's festivities. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Dave Slaughter's completed ice sculpture. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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