Need a fresh new start in 2012? A plunge into Puget Sound should do the trick!
Yep, New Year’s Day is Polar Bear Plunge day, and this year there is an event at the Pt.Defiance Marina in Tacoma. The free event will kick off with a special cub plunge for brave kiddos under 10 at 11:30. The adult/family plunge is at noon. Hot drinks and outdoor heaters will be on site, and participants will receive 3.00 off coupons for the Pt.Defiance Zoo. How bad do you want to save 3.00??? This is a free event, and if you don’t want to take the plunge yourself, you’re welcome to go and watch. I’m guessing it’s over pretty quickly!
If that’s not in your area, there is also a Polar Bear Plunge in Olalla, a Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Tapps, where you’re invited to bring a canned food donation, and there is a Polar Bear Plunge in Lacey,and Polar Bear Plunges in Renton and Seattle.
Just to be clear-the Sound this time of year is Cold. While it’s very unusual, there have been folks who have suffered heart attacks doing this type of event, so if you have any history of heart problems please consult your doctor first. There is a good chance he’ll tell you you’re nuts. There are some other good words of advice here from the TNT.