Saturday, January 7, 2012

Thank You 2012 Polar Bear Plungers!

We had an amazing plunge this year at Matthews Beach, Seattle, with record attendance and new features for plungers' enjoyment. January 1st was a beautiful sunny day-despite the frigidity of the water. We put on music from the Beach Boys in the background and many were grooving to the beat.

More Polar Bears plunged than ever before: we estimate the total to be more than 1500 plungers, not counting for the many spectators that showed up to cheer them on. People showed up dressed in costumes and the Seattle Fire Department's Fire Boat pointed all of its water spouts in the air and rotated like a rotating fountain. After the plunge at noon, the plungers received The Polar Bear Patch (cold badge of courage) and were welcomed to hot cups of joe, cocoa, and hot Tang (the official Polar Bear beverage of choice).

We officially, un-officially, thank many of the local Starbucks stores for donating hot beverages and also Harbor Patrol and the Seattle Fire Department for gracing our plunge with their presence. Furthermore, we thank all staff in Seattle Parks and Recreation for collaborating to host another wonderful event! If you want to visit some of the staff, please stop and swim at Meadowbrook Pool in the Northeast end of Seattle. Our schedule can be found here:

To your right you will see links to videos, photos, and articles of 2012's plunge. There is even an unofficial Facebook group for the Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach. These media were all submitted by you. If you have more, please comment below with you link! With one more year under our belt, we look forward to making the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge to be the best ever (Mayan calendar willing)!

P.S. Like Meadowbook Pool's Facebook Page!

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