ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Special Olympics Maryland has canceled the annual Polar Bear Plunge because of high winds, tall waves and below-freezing temperatures.
Organizers say more than 7,000 people had signed up to take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday morning to raise money for the Special Olympics.
But they say that after consulting with the state police and park service, they determined that there was no safe way to hold the event.
The accompanying PlungeFest has also been canceled.
People who still want to pledge donations can submit their contributions through a state police barracks or the Special Olympics Maryland office. Organizers say they're still short of their $2.5 million fundraising goal.
We're working on creating another opportunity to Plunge in the near future.— Special Olympics MD (@SpOlympicsMD) January 25, 2014
UPDATED NOTICE: PlungeFest is canceled as well. Stay tuned for further information. Please do NOT go to Sandy Point State Park.— PlungeMD (@PlungeMD) January 25, 2014
NOTICE: Plunges today canceled due to ice, snow, rough water. Safety if #1. Unsure at this time if PlungeFest will continue. Stand by.— PlungeMD (@PlungeMD) January 25, 2014
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