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Daring Marylanders take the 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge
Daring Marylanders take the 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge

Patricia Cabezas was downright giddy as she peered out at the Chesapeake Bay getting herself pumped to take a dip in the icy water. But something was missing — it wasn't snowing. Last year, she took part in her first Polar Bear Plunge, the hugely popular event at Sandy Point State Park where the daring and the wacky willingly bound into the frigid bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. It snowed so hard that doctors cut the event short, saying conditions were too dangerous for even the boldest of swimmers. But Cabezas was unfazed. "It was amazing," Cabezas, a Los Angeles native who had never seen snow before that day. "I was throwing snow balls and...

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