Take a quick dip in the icy cold ocean on Super Bowl Sunday, with plenty of time to warm up and get home for the big game! The 15th annual Super Plunge, organized by St. Francis Community Center and the Southern Regional High School swim teams, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 3, on the 48th Street beach in Brant Beach.
“The ‘Plunge’ has become a community favorite during the winter doldrums on Long Beach Island,” noted St. Francis Communications Coordinator Lori Dudek.
Pre-registration is required. Registration forms are online at stfranciscenterlbi.org/special-events/super-plunge, or at the front desk of the community center, at 4700 Long Beach Blvd. in Brant Beach. Mail forms to St. Francis Community Center, Attn: Super Plunge XV, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ 08008-3926, or register in person at the center on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The registration fee is $30 per person on or before Jan. 27 and $35 if registering after Jan. 27. Student registration fee is only $15 on or before Jan. 27 and $20 after Jan. 27. Participants are encouraged to seek sponsor donations in addition to their registration fee. Sponsor forms can also be found online.
Plunge proceeds benefit the community center and the Rams swimmers.
Registered participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, which are also available to spectators for purchase after noon on the day of the Plunge. In addition, wristbands will be issued to all participants and must be worn during the event.
“Plungers should bring with them their courage, bathing suit, towels, blankets and whatever else is needed to warm up after the ocean dip,” said Dudek. “Costumes of all kinds are also encouraged.”
Post-Plunge festivities will commence back at the community center immediately following the event. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and goodies will be served, and prizes will be awarded for the youngest plunger, oldest plunger, best costume, most funds raised and more.
In addition, the raffle drawing for a $5,000 travel voucher from Home Town Travel in West Creek will take place shortly after the awards ceremony. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, at a cost of $25 each. Tickets are currently on sale at the community center, and an online mail order form is available on the St. Francis website.
For more information, call the community center 609-494-8861, or visit stfranciscenterlbi.org.