Get 2014 off to a brisk start at local Polar Bear Plunge

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.comDecember 27, 2013 

“Polar Bear Plunge” is now the worldwide term for a New Year’s Day jump into frigid waters. It attracts more participants than, say, “Go hypothermic in the ocean.”

For the third year in a row Metro Parks Tacoma will host a Polar Bear Plunge at the Point Defiance boat launch.

The air temperature during 2013’s Plunge was 39 and the water wasn’t much warmer. Still, hardy souls jumped willingly in the water and presumably some will again in 2014.

You can go in knee high or just waist deep if a full body immersion isn’t to your liking. Some participants jump in costume, fully clothed or just bathing suits. Or, you can just come to watch.

The Cub Plunge, for brave youth younger than 10, begins at 11:30 a.m. It’s followed by an adult and family plunge at noon.

Heaters and free hot drinks will bring life back to numb extremities.

Before the Plunge is First Mile — a flat one-mile run/walk near the marina. The free warm-up begins at 11 a.m. No registration is necessary.

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