New Year’s Day at Lake Padden, starts with The Resolution Walk at 11 a.m. sharp, walk or run around the lake, followed by the polar bear plunge into the lake at high noon. Hot beverages, warm showers and snacks are available for all participants.
The Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge started in 1982 by local residents, the annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year. The Polar Bear Plunge has becoming a destination spot, participants come from as far away as Germany, Tokyo, Chicago, and British Columbia to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water.
Birch Bays plunge will include Costume Prizes
There are five judging categories with prizes for:
1. Most Years Plunging
2. Oldest Participant
3. Best Individual Costume
4. Best Group Costume
5. Farthest Traveled Participant
Image courtesy of flickr.com by dbking