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VIDEO: Polar Bear Plunge Returns To Seaside Heights; Traffic Jams On Route 35

Last year, organizers of the popular annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey decided to relocate the frozen-soaking event because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

On Saturday, they came home. And on the way out, they encountered traffic jams that clogged Route 35 to the north, extending past Ortley Beach.

The Polar Bear Plunge celebrated its 21st year in Seaside Heights Saturday, where it has been held for six years before it landed in Long Branch in 2013.

Every year, thousands of people take the plunge into the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Special Olympics New Jersey, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 2012, the single-day event drew more than 5,900 participants and raised more than $1.4 million, according to NJ.com.

Av February 23, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Milk jug sales up 50%
Heywood February 24, 2014 at 04:49 AM
I wonder why the people wishing to travel north from Sleazeside, just take Rt 37 W to the GSP and go that way? May be a longer ride, but I would think it beats sitting in that traffic jam.
letsgetreal February 24, 2014 at 07:21 AM
@ John Cobb You make a great point....You cant fix stupid....but its everyone's else' fault never their own.
WhyohWhy February 24, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Listen...you go to the "Plunge" you have to expect traffic. Especially when you know there has been major road construction going on since SSS so stop complaining ! There were alternate routes !
Mac February 24, 2014 at 09:16 AM
yes, there are alternate routes and none of those alternate destinations end up in Gilmore's oceanfront pit of corruption

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