Polar bear dips, walks set for New Year’s Day

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You can celebrate any New Year’s overindulgence with outdoor events on Tuesday — from bracing swims to brisk walks in Sequim and Port Townsend to the Teddy Bear Hike.

Here are the scheduled New Year’s Day plunges:

-- Port Angeles Polar Bear Plunge, Hollywood Beach, 10 a.m.

The 25th annual Port Angeles Polar Bear Plunge will feature special participant certificates, said Dan Weldon, an organizer.

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will man tables serving free hot chocolate, coffee and a large assortment of pastries.

Weldon thanked sponsors Safeway, Albertsons, Costco, Starbucks and Walmart.

-- Nordland Polar Bear Dip, off the dock across from Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road, into Mystery Bay, noon.

Wetsuits are not allowed, said Tom Rose, store owner.

This year’s dip has a clown theme in memory of Seattle clown and comedian J.P. Patches, who died July 22, Rose said.

The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for dippers to warm up and get hot chocolate, and dippers can get a hat or towel commemorating the event.

-- Neah Bay Plunge, behind the Neah Bay Senior Center, 341 Bay View Ave., 10 a.m.

The 11th Annual Neah Bay Polar Bear Plunge will be followed by post-plunge get-togethers, organizer and founder June Williams said.

-- Lake Pleasant Polar Bear Plunge, Lake Pleasant Community Beach County Park, 10 a.m.

The annual Lake Pleasant Polar Bear Plunge, now in its seventh year, tends to feature outrageous costumes.

The Lake Pleasant Community Beach County Park is off U.S. Highway 101 in Beaver, 10 miles north of Forks.

Also planned:

-- A New Year’s Day walk in Sequim, hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Explorers Volkssport Club.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Sequim QFC parking lot, 990 E. Washington St., to form carpools and drive to Railroad Bridge Park.

The walk will be along the Olympic Discovery Trail from Railroad Bridge to Robin Hill Farm County Park.

Participants can choose from a 3.1-mile or 7.45-mile walk.

For more information, phone George Christensen at 360-697-2172 or see www.olympus.net/community/ope.

-- An inaugural New Year’s Discovery 10K Run/Walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Port Townsend.

Racers will take the cart paths at Discovery Bay Golf Course and the newest section of the Larry Scott Trail near Port Townsend, which is the eastern terminus of the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Beanies will be provided to the first 200 entrants, while Olympic Discovery Trail pins to the first 300 racers.

Place prizes or door prizes include a round of golf at the Discovery Bay Golf Course, Winter Wanderlust travelogue show series tickets and Rose Theatre movie tickets.

The entry fee, if paid in advance, is $20 with a beanie or $15 without.

Race-day registration will be $25 with a beanie and $20 without.

To sign up or find out more, visit www.OlympicDiscoveryTrail.com, phone Jeff Selby at 360-385-0995 or email NYDisco10K@gmail.com.

-- The annual New Year’s Day Teddy Bear Hike at Fort Townsend State Park.

Participants can bring their teddy bears as they meet in the main parking lot of the park at 10 a.m.

The walk, along Fort Townsend’s trails will be 2 to 3 miles, depending on weather and the pace of participants.

For more details about this outing sponsored by the Olympic chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society, phone Fred or Ann Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or email fweinmann@cablespeed.com.

Last modified: December 29. 2012 5:53PM
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