Winter Ocean Plunge: Recap

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One of BostonSOS' earliest spectacles was a surreal "beach celebration" on the subway back in 2008, when dozens of us dressed up in hula skirts, cabanawear and sunscreen, then rode the Blue Line to the North Shore beaches in the middle of March. We slathered on sunscreen, handed out leis, held limbo competitions, basked in the "sun," and otherwise ignored the fact that it was winter in New England...and that we were, umm, yeah, on the subway.

Fast forward to February 2011 - almost exactly three years later - and there we were again: in bathing suits and sunglasses, riding a Wonderland-bound train on a frigid winter morning, towels in hand and visions of the beach in our heads. Only this time, winter hats replaced sunscreen; scarves replaced leis; and on this biting, 37-degree winter day, we were actually going swimming in the freakin' Atlantic Ocean.

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The Polar Bear Plunge

Editor's note: Jenny has bravely participated in the Monument Beach Polar Bear Plunge two years in a row! Way to go, Jenny! There's still time to join our winter ocean plunge team for the one at Revere Beach this Saturday! Sign up now!!



So there I was at Phinney's Harbor on a snowy beach with a crowd of locals for the 13th Annual Monument Beach Polar Bear Plunge. According to the guy on the bullhorn, the air temp was 34° and the water temp was 30°.

Polar Bear Plunge: Before

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Winter Ocean Plunge

winter-beach-plungeWe just couldn't get enough of 'taking our pants off in public' this winter, so us Adventure bloggers have decided to sign up for the 2011 Passion Plunge at Revere Beach this February. The water is going to be FREEZING, but it's all for two really good causes (in no particular order):

~ Living Adventurously
~ Supporting the Special Olympics

There are three ways you can get involved.

A: You can join our team and ask your friends, family, and/or coworkers to donate a small amount to sponsor your madness.

B: If you're not willing to brave the chilly waters, you could simply join the team (still asking people to sponsor you) and only come to the beach to offer support (that includes wearing our team costume!)

C: If you'd rather stay indoors under a blanket with a bowl of hot soup, you could just make a donation and receive warm and happy feelings for doing a nice thing! A small $7 or $8 donation will go a long way to helping us out!


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