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Polar Bear Plunge
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14TH ANNUAL POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
Friday, January 1, 2016 at Noon
Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the plunge starts at noon sharp. More information on our Parkways Blog.
1. Come Early/Car Pool Or Take The Bus. Parking Is Limited. Plan your
trip with Metro
The Polar Bear Plunge was the first official event of its kind in the Seattle area. Janet Wilson, Aquatic Center Coordinator at Meadowbrook Pool, started the event off on January 1, 2003. About 300 people participated in the first Polar Bear Plunge; since then the attendance has reached nearly 1,000 brave bears. The plunge has inspired other, similar events in the Seattle Area. At this family event, wear a costume, enjoy warm beverages, and receive a Patch of Courage if you immerse yourself.
Said one Parks wag, Tim Ewings, "Plungers are 'polarized' towards two styles. Some luxuriate in the refreshingly brisk waters. Others only stay in as long as they can 'bear' it."
Updated March 1, 2016
Polar Bear Plunge Photos
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