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January 1, 2017

A bracing dip in the lake

A bracing dip in the lake

These people look a little crazy. It’s January. It’s cold. Brrrr! Why do they have their swimming suits on? They are taking part in a New Year’s Day event. It is the Polar Bear Plunge on Lake Washington at Matthews Beach. It’s noon, and these people plan to take a dip in the cold, cold water. Some dippers (swimmers) run in, take a quick dip, and then run back out again. Some dippers go into the water up to their necks. These dippers will receive a special badge to wear.
The Polar Bear Plunge was the first big New Year dip in Seattle. It started in 2003 with 300 people. Now around 1, 900 people come.

Photographer: Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

Published January 2017

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