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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Polar plunge into the Potomac river

By Kevin Ambrose

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

The air temperature early Saturday afternoon was near 50°F and the water temperature was near 40°F. The sun began to break through the clouds at 2 p.m. and the conditions were perfect for the start of Tim's Rivershore Polar PlungeSpecial Olympics Virginia. This year, the 2011 Polar Plunge® Winter Festival raised $1 million, the most money ever raised in the event's 19 year history.

I made the trip to Tim's Rivershore in Dumfries Saturday to photograph the plunge into the Potomac. I positioned myself along the bank of the river to get a good view of the event. The "plungers" were sent charging into the river in waves, often based on a team or a grouping of friends. Many wore costumes or team T-shirts, and most ran quite enthusiastically into the frigid water. The police, dressed in wet suits, stood in the water in the event that anyone needed help. The weather cooperated and it was all good fun for a good cause.

Read below to see more photos from the event...

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

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Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge into the Potomac River.

By Kevin Ambrose  | February 28, 2011; 1:45 PM ET
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Comments

Looks like a fun time. Great weather for end of winter cold water They raised a lot of money; nice work!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 28, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Is a great cause and I offer a hearty "Well done!" to everyone who participated. I pray that all of you took a good hot bath in disinfectant and rinsed your eyes with something (saline!). The Potomac is D.C.'s cesspool!

Posted by: flintston | February 28, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The Special Olympics is a truly worthy cause. I salute them and wish them much success in their endeavor.

Nice pictures, Mr. Ambrose.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | March 1, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

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