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Plunge into 2016 at the coolest event of the year

December 15, 2015

Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound!

Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers at the 5th annual Polar Bear Plunge held January 1 at Point Defiance Marina sponsored by BECU.

Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee high or waist deep -- or take the full plunge. The Cub Plunge, for children younger than 10, begins at 11:30 am, followed by an Adult/Family Plunge at noon. Costumes are welcome but not required.

The event is free and takes place rain or shine at the Point Defiance boat launch, located at 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. For the safety of participants life jackets will available and lifeguards will be stationed on the docks.
Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterward in heating tents, sip free hot drinks, and purchase treats from the snack bar. Changing tents will be available. 

In addition to a year’s worth of bragging rights, participants receive a Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium coupon good for $3 off general admission and a commemorative event t-shirt or towel from BECU (available while supplies last).

Polar Bear Plunge proved to be wildly popular last year with more than 1,000 people in attendance and 350 taking the plunge off the boat ramp or docks. Those brave enough to jump into Puget Sound ranged from small children to the more mature, from costumed to fully clothed.

Also planned for the morning is the Resolution Run, a 1-mile free event held near the Point Defiance boat launch. The run/walk begins at 11 am—immediately before the Polar Bear Plunge. Although the run is free, pre-registration is required. Sign up online by December 30 at

Point Defiance Marina has anchored the northeast side of Point Defiance Park since 1944, when it replaced the original boathouse pavilion of the early 1900s. While down at the waterfront stop by to browse the gift shop, rent a boat or sign up for a boating or fishing class.

Volunteers are always needed to serve refreshments or set up and take down after the event. Contact Gene at to volunteer.

For more information, visit or call (253) 591-5325.

polar bear plunge happy guy jumping in

polar bear plunge

polar plunge 2013