Need a fresh new start in 2015? A plunge into Puget Sound should do the trick!
Yep, New Year’s Day is Polar Bear Plunge day, and for the 4th year there is an event at the Pt.Defiance Marina in Tacoma. The polar bear plunges will kick off with a special cub plunge for brave kiddos under 10 at 11:30. The adult/family plunge is at noon. Costumes are welcome but not required. 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!
Here are other area Polar Bear Plunges:
- Polar Bear Plunge in Lacey at Long Lake camp fire and cocoa starting at 12; plunge at 1. Spectators welcome!
Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Tapps at Driftwood Point Park 12 noon You’re encouraged to wear wedding dresses (Yes, guys, too)! Shoes are recommended for the rocks. Donations to the food bank welcome. 12 There will be a fire to warm up by after your plunge!This event has been canceled this year.
- Polar Bear Plunge in Renton at Gene Coulon Park on Lake Washington 11AM
- Polar Bear Plunge in Seattle at Matthews Beach 12 Noon costumes welcome but not required; warm drinks after; new time before the big jump for “Cubs” Carpooling encouraged. Participants get a patch.
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.
If you know of other plunges, feel free to leave a note! If you’d like to start the day with something a little less chilly, I promise I’ll have some other ideas!
If you did a Polar Bear Plunge last year, I’d LOVE to hear about it!