New Year Plunges, Dips and Dives

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December 17, 2015

Photo at right: After the Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, a swimmer gives the universal hand sign for “I Love You.” Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation


A burst of adrenaline and shouts from fellow cold-water plungers is one of the most exhilarating, if not refreshing, ways to start the new year! Commonly known as Polar Bear Plunges, these chilly dips into local waters are an annual ritual for thousands.

Here’s our schedule of several plunges, dips, or dives planned for Jan. 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted in blue.

Washington

Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dip, Bellingham, Lake Padden: www.cob.org/services/recreation/races/resolution.aspx
Polar Bear Dip, Birch Bay, Waterfront Park: www.birchbaychamber.com/polar-bear-plunge.html
Polar Bear Plunge, Lacey, Long Lake Park: www.ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey/the-community
Polar Bear Dip, Renton, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: www.facebook.com/events/1693168750917433
Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dive, Seattle, Magnuson Park: www.promotionevents.com/resorun
Polar Bear Plunge, Seattle, Matthews Beach Park: www.seattle.gov/Parks/aquatics/PolarBearPlunge.htm
Polar Bear Plunge, Tacoma, Point Defiance Park: www.metroparkstacoma.org/calendar?cid=3197
Jan. 16–Mar. 19— Special Olympics of Washington Polar Bear Dips: www.specialolympicswashington.org/polarplunge

Oregon

Polar Bear Swim, Charleston, Sunset Bay Park: www.oregonsadventurecoast.com/listings/polar-bear-plunge-2
Polar Bear Swim, Corvallis, Osborn Aquatic Center: www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=19
Jan. 2— Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dive, Newport, South Beach: www.ardoradventures.com/resolutionrun
Feb. 13–27— Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Oregon: www.plungeoregon.com

Idaho

Polar Bear Challenge, Boise, Lucky Peak Reservoir Spring Shores Marina: www.idaho.wish.org
A Reason for Freezin’, Coeur d’Alene, Sanders Beach: www.eventbrite.com/e/a-reason-for-freezen-tickets-19404430173
Idaho Punk Rock Plunge, Hayden Lake: www.punksforaprincess.com/#!idaho-punk-rock-plunge/c18js
Feb. 6—Special Olympics Penguin Plunge, Boise, Eagle Island State Park: www.specialolympicsidaho.org/public

British Columbia

Polar Bear Swim, Vancouver, English Bay: www.westendbia.com/events/polar-bear-swim
White Rock Polar Bear Swim, White Rock: www.inwhiterock.com/event/annual-polar-bear-swim-in-white-rock

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