Polar Bear Plunge to make a splash

Published on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Those looking for a way to jump into the year ahead should head to Birch Bay this New Year’s Day for the Polar Bear Plunge.

The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 31 with the Ring Of Fire & Hope where participants will light up the entire length of the bay from Birch Bay State Park to Birch Bay Village. Residents can get a flare ahead of time beginning at 6 p.m. at the Birch Bay Visitor Center at 7900 Birch Bay Drive, donated by Mike Kent.

Registration for the Polar Bear Plunge begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 1. Costume contest judging is at 11:30 and the plunge is at noon sharp. Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce president Lisa Guthrie said this year’s event is meant to commemorate the beginning of the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver. “We’re really kicking off the Olympics in the Northwest by inviting everyone out on New Year’s Day for the Polar Bear Plunge,” she said.

Prizes will be given for each category as well as gold, silver and bronze medals and “Birch Bay Sand Dollar” cards for discounts at local businesses will be available for $5.

Hot beverages will be provided by Bay Café. For more information, call 371-5004.