BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — Those keen on taking the plunge are going to have to wait a little while longer.

The 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge has been rescheduled for March 8 at Sandy Point State Park.

The event kicks off with a family plunge at 11 a.m., followed by open plunges at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

More than 7,000 people had signed up to take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for the Special Olympics, but organizers decided it wasn’t safe to hold the event Saturday because of the cold.

Spokesman Jason Schriml says they expect about 5,000 people to attend the event in March.

In 18 years, Schriml says organizers have never rescheduled the plunge, but they will incorporate that possibility into planning for next year.

Food and heated changing tents will be provided to all plungers.

Parking passes will be honored from the original Jan. 25 plunge date.

The plunge started in 1997. It is an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland, which provides training, coaches and competition opportunities for 6,500 of the 90,000 intellectually challenged youth and adults in the state.

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