Hundreds set for 6th annual Golden Gardens Polar Bear Plunge

Back in 2009, the New Year’s Day Golden Gardens Polar Bear Plunge kicked off with a few dozen people jumping into the ice cold waters of Puget Sound. Each year the crowd has grown in numbers, with an estimated 300 polar bears taking the plunge on January 1, 2014 (check out the chilly video below).

Tomorrow’s plunge is also expected to attract a record number of polar bears.

The event will kick of at 11 a.m. at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl NW) and all are welcome to take a dip in the water to officially welcome 2015!

The event was started by local resident Rick Sandvig after he saw the event become successful in Vancouver, Canada.

Polar bears are asked to look for the Lock and Keel banner to meet up with fellow plungers. Organizers remind participants to bring a towel and that costumes are also encouraged.

“We want you to be there! Your neighbors want you there,” says Sandvig.

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