Freezin' for a reason

Scotland, MD- With shorter days, colder nights and Christmas just a few weeks away—hitting the beach is probably the farthest thing from your mind. That’s not going to keep dozens out of the water this weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the St. Mary’s Splash. Folks from across Southern Maryland will put on a brave face, donned in their swimsuits, to take a quick dip in the chilly Chesapeake.

The annual event is hosted at Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, MD. The splash is to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland.

In 2016, the water was a frigid 43 degrees—even warmer than the air temperature—which was 40 degrees. It was worth it. Last year more than a hundred people raised nearly $30,000 through pledges.

This Saturday, splashers might be waking up to a coating of snow on the ground and a temperature around 40 degrees when it’s time to take a dip.

The money raised helps support more than 7,500 Special Olympic athletes from across the state. Jessie Thompson, Senior Director of special events, explained how the money is spent. "It allows them to play sports all year round at not charge to them."

You still have time to register! You can fundraise a minimum of $75 from friends and family, or you can pay to splash with an entry fee of $75. The more money you raise, the more cool prizes you can win through the fundraising incentives. There are prizes also awards to the top team and top individual fundraiser plus the best costumes.

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