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Dive Into a New Year

Courtesy of Metro Parks Tacoma


Greet the New Year with an invigorating dip in one of the many bodies of chilly water in our area.  For some, it’s an annual tradition. If this is your first plunge, remember to pack a change of clothes, keep your feet warm before and after the plunge; and don’t forget to breathe when you hit the cold water.


Seattle Area

‚ÄčAlki Beach
Take the plunge with an activism twist. Participants are encouraged to wear pink in order to show support of women in leadership. 10 a.m., Alki Beach (in front of Dukes Chowder House), 2516 Alki Ave SW, Seattle.


Matthews Beach
The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with music on the shore. The plunge is at noon. Warm up afterwards with warm drinks, and earn an official Badge of Courage. Costumes are encouraged. Matthews Beach, 4999 NE 93rd St, Seattle.


Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dive
5K run/walk, kids’ dash (ages 10 and younger, FREE, $10 for T-shirt), optional Polar Bear Dive includes a dip in Lake Washington. 9 a.m. registration, 10:30 a.m. run/walk, 11:30 a.m. kids' dash. Post-race hot refreshments, plus heated changing rooms. $40 to $45. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle.


There will be a lifeguard on duty for this one. The plunge takes place at the south end of the park. 11 a.m. FREE. Gene Coulon Memorial Park Renton, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton.


South Sound

Kids can take a special “Cub Plunge” (ages 9 and younger) at 11:30 a.m. followed by an adult and family plunge at noon. Costumes are encouraged. Afterwards, warm up with heaters and hot drinks. FREE. Point Defiance Boat Launch, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma.


Get psyched with music on the shore at noon, and take the plunge at 1 p.m. FREE. Long Lake Park, 2790 Carpenter Road S.E., Olympia.


Farther Afield

Birch Bay
Participants travel from all over the world for this plunge with pre-plunge activities including a costume contest with four categories (kids get their own category), a bon fire, hot drinks, Brrr the Bear, and an official “I Took The Plunge” certificate. Pre-registration encouraged. 10 a.m. day of registration, 11:30 a.m. costume contest, noon polar bear plunge. FREE. Birch Bay Waterfront, 7900 Birch Bay Drive Birch Bay.

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