Ring in the New Year at Kirkland’s 10th Annual “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 Kirkland's 10th Annual "unofficial" Polar Bear Plunge. This year, big event will be held at 1:00PM on New Year’s Day.

You have prepared yourself mentally. You started your training on Thanksgiving Day. You won’t let that turkey, gravy, pumpkin pie and all the fixins hold you back. You are an athlete in training. You are a Plunger.

The Holiday Season is prime body building time for Polar Bear 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 are proud to call ourselves Plungers.

Click here to view photos from the 2010 Polar Bear Plunge.

Our friends over at the Kirkland Weblog are also proud Plungers and they are always up for the challenge. Heading down to Marina Park at 1PM on New Year's Day has become a tradition in our household. We hope it will become one in yours too.

Do you have what it takes to run into Lake Washington on January 1st? If you need some motivation, learn more about this non-event here. We hope to see you there!

Kirkland's 10th Annual “Unofficial” Polar Bear Plunge

January 1, 2012 at 1:00PM Marina Park, Kirkland

For more information please visit the Polar Bear Plunge page on the Kirkland Calendar.

Editor’s note: The 2012 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!