New Years polar bear plunge at Golden Gardens

Updated: In 20+ MPH winds on a cold, rainy day, dozens of Ballard residents took the plunge at Golden Gardens. And of course, we shot some video:

Sometimes, one photo says at all.

Officially, the water temperature was 49 degrees, and the wind was blowing at full tilt. And some folks, believe it or not, went back for a second plunge.

But most couldn’t wait to get out of the water and stand by the fire.

It wasn’t the only polar bear plunge in Seattle: our friends at the West Seattle Blog videotaped a similar event at Alki today, and over a thousand people made the plunge into Lake Washington at Magnuson Park.

Earlier: Need a little jolt to kick the year off right? Head on down to Golden Gardens at noon on New Years Day for a polar bear plunge. There will be a bon fire, hot chocolate and costumes are encouraged. Some of the events include “Dive For It” and the “Goin’ Long Football Catch” as well as “Ooops, I Forgot My Bathing Suit.” And after the festivities, participants can down a free drink at the Lock & Keel to warm up (5144 Ballard Ave NW.)

We’ll be there snapping photos, and we’ll post them here on My Ballard.

Geeky Swedes

The founders of My Ballard

24 thoughts to “New Years polar bear plunge at Golden Gardens”

  1. Don't go to a coffee stand where a gal might show some cleavage. Oh no. But “oops I forgot my bathing suit” is fine? Do we really want to see naked people from this site? Is being naked something new? I do smell a double standard. But go ahead and post ALL pix. We need to see everything. This is special. NOT.

  2. Well Happy effing New Year, Mr. Crabby Pants!

    I don't care if they all get naked, as long as they have fun!

    Sheesh! We're not Bellevue. We like our bikini baristas!

  3. Does “Opps i forgot my bathing suit” mean naked? This isn't Fremont. I though it meant going in with street clothes or a funny outfit.

  4. what a bunch of crazy mother uckers!

    I think this is the sort of ritual we need around here. I, for one, will never do this (with a bunch of people anyway) but I laud those with the gumption to brave those chilly temps.

    it's worth it, if nothing else than to tick-off the curmudgeons!

  5. Point #1: Well you can't fix stupid.
    Point #2: You can however, force them to pay any medical expenses, in full, that may arise from such an action by having their insurance deny their claims.

    Wait, anyone stupid enough to do this probably doesn't possess insurance in the first place; see Point #1 above.

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