REMINDER: Ring in the New Year at Kirkland’s “unofficial” Polar Bear Plunge!

Attention Die Hard "Plungers"

Each year on January 1st, scores of Eastsiders flock to Kirkland's Marina Park to ring in the new year at the  Polar Bear Plunge. This year, the 9th Annual event will be held at 1:00PM on New Year's Day.

You have prepared yourself mentally. You started your training on Thanksgiving Day. Don't let that turkey, gravy, pumpkin pie and all the fixins give you guilt. You are an athlete in training. The Holiday Season is prime body building time for plungers. Your single-minded purpose is to complete, not compete in the New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge.

For seven straight years the City of Kirkland hosted this fun-filled (and wet) event, however, in 2009 budget cuts by the Parks Department cancelled the Polar Bear Plunge. That didn't stop the the few, the not-so proud and the brave to carry on the tradition and bare (almost) all in this family fun event. The plunge went rogue. Plungers from all around came out and participated in this fun, FREE event.

This year, we will again "unofficially" plunge and all are invited. This event is FREE and a fantastic spectator sport! We know our friends over at the Kirkland Weblog are big plungers. Do you have what it takes to run into Lake Washington on January 1st? We hope to see you there!

View photos from last year's Polar Bear Plunge at http://www.kirklandviews.com/archives/13166

The 2011 "Unofficial" Polar Bear Plunge January 1, 2011 at 1:00PM Marina Park, Kirkland

Editor's note: The 2011 Polar Bear Plunge is not an official event. It is not sponsored by the City of Kirkland, Kirkland Views or any other organization. Entering an icy cold lake on New Year's Day is insane. You should not do this. It could be dangerous. There may be sharks.

That said, if you are still reading this we hope you can make it! This event is always filled with lots of smiles and tons of laughter. It will be great fun and we hope to see you there!

Photos by Jeff Heinz