Six Flags Great Adventure's Polar Coaster Challenge is Saturday, December 7 and a bunch of brave Jersey Shore souls are going to be taking part.

First, what is the Polar Coaster Challenge? Great Adventure is daring guests to ride Nitro wearing just tank tops and shorts in the frigid weather. As of this writing, the high on Saturday is expected to be 38-degrees.

Remember, Nitro reaches speeds of 80 mph and hits heights as high as 230-feet.

The event is to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.

While all guests are invited to participate, here are the Jersey Shore residents who have already stepped up.

Leah and John Emmons

Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure

Nurse Leah and her husband John, from Brick, have taken the Polar Plunge with Special Olympics and want to raise awareness for those with special needs.

Jessica Geneski

Bayville resident Jessica Geneski is battling neurofibromatosis and wants to challenge herself on her favorite roller coaster.

To participate in the Polar Coaster Challenge, participants must:

  • Reach the height requirement of 54 inches to ride Nitro
  • Wear a tank top or T-shirt (sleeves must be elbow length or shorter), and shorts (to the knee or shorter)
  • Wear closed-toed shoes
  • Sign a photo and video release form and a safety waiver. Anyone under 18 years of age will require a parent or legal guardian signature
  • Provide a Membership, Season Pass or one-day ticket to enter the theme park

Gloves and hats may be worn.

Polar Coaster Challenge check is at 11 a.m., and the event begins at 12 p.m. A group photo will be taken at 12:45 p.m., and the theme park opens to the public at 1 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to

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