Polar Bear Swims

Compiled by Diane Rudholm

Photo at right: A ballerina strikes a pose before heading into the cold waters of Matthews Beach in Seattle. Photo by Carolyn Price

Nothing says “Happy New Year” quite like a brisk polar bear swim in winter waters on Jan. 1. Go to www.OutdoorsNW.com after Dec. 15 for a complete online listing. Do you have a polar bear swim that you would like to add to the listing? Email us here


Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dip, Lake Padden: www.cob.org/services/recreation/races/resolution.aspx

Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dip, Seattle: www.promotionevents.com/resorun

Polar Bear Dip, Renton: www.rentonwa.gov

Polar Bear Dip, Seattle, Matthews Beach: www.seattle.gov/parks

Polar Bear Dip, Birch Bay: www.birchbaychamber.com

Polar Bear Plunge, Lacey: www.ci.lacey.wa.us

Polar Bear Plunge, Tacoma: www.metroparkstacoma.org


Polar Bear Plunge, Sunset Bay: www.traveloregon.com/see-do/events/sports/polar-bear-plunge


Polar Bear Dip Coeur d’Alene: www.coeurdalene.org

Great Polar Bear Challenge, Boise: www.idaho.wish.org

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