Polar Bear Plunge: 20 seconds of BRRRR brings whole year of bragging rights

Attention all thrill seekers, arctic swimmers, men of merriment, women of wisdom, braggadocios boys, gregarious girls, yogis of yoga and people of little common sense.

YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED KIRKLAND'S MARINA PARK TO EXPERIENCE THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE ON JANUARY 1, 2015 AT THE CIVILIZED HOUR OF 1:00 P.M.

SPECTATORS -- CAUTION: EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF PINK SKIN WILL BE PRESENT. AVERT THE EYES TO AVOID PROLONGED EXPOSURE.

PARTICIPANTS -- NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. COMMON SENSE OPTIONAL.

THE CONTEST -- BEST COSTUME CONTEST

THE PRIZE -- Special limited edition 2015 I Survived the Kirkland Polar Bear Plunge Mug + ONE FULL YEAR OF BRAGGING RIGHTS... PRICELESS (there is no prize for 2nd place. There is no "participation ribbon." You will either be victorious or go home cold, wet and dejected.)

For thirteen years running, Kirklanders have celebrated the New Year by throwing themselves into the icy waters of Lake Washington on New Year's Day. The City of Kirkland bowed out of sponsoring this event a few years ago but that didn't stop the die hard plungers from continuing in an unofficial capacity.

Once again this year, countless like-minded (or absent minded) swimmers will take the plunge at Marina Park at 1PM on January 1st and YOU are invited!

The Polar Bear Plunge is a fantastically fun event in which to participate and to watch as a spectator. There will be plenty of fun, laughter and pink skin for all.

Polar Bear Plunge, January 1, 2015

  • Marina Park in downtown Kirkland
  • 12:45 warmup
  • 1:00 PM Costume Contest
  • 1:05 PM Start time
  • FREE

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