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10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5k Another Huge Success for Special Olympics

Hundreds of people gathered on the beach at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday February 22, to dash into the cold Atlantic Ocean for a charitable cause; to benefit Special Olympics.

Plungers were back to the Boardwalk this past Saturday for the 10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5k. The afternoon started off with live music, raffles, custom contest and 5k then ended with the main event that sent hundreds of participants including famous Sesame Street and Disney characters running into the ocean. Despite Spring air temps the ocean was a chilly 48º making the dip quite refreshing!
One Hundred percent of the Polar Plunge and 5k proceeds go directly to the New Hanover County Special Olympic Program that includes more than 500 athletes. The County provides training and competition in the following sports: Athletics, Basketball, Softball, Bowling, Bocce, Golf, Power Lifting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis. Special Olympics New Hanover County also offers opportunities for athletes, families, friends and the community to unite through socials, summer camps and quarterly dances. For more information on the New Hanover County Special Olympics Team or to see how you can volunteer, donate and participate visit their website at
This year’s 5k overall winners are as follows: 22 year old Erik Pavia with a time of 18:23, 18 year old John Eskew with a time of 19:11 and Joe Benson age 44 with a time of 20:22. For the females 43 year old Mary Margaret McEachern took first with a time of 23:08 with 28-year-old Carol Motsinger right behind with a time of 23:23, 21 year old Nicole Shepard took third with a time of 23:31. For a complete list of age groups and times visit

CBDI, formely Boardwalk Makeover Group, presents a $500 Donation to Polar Plunge from monies raised at our weekly summer BINGO. All proceeds from BINGO are given back to the community and local charities.