Want to get 2014 off to a brisk start?
Two “polar bear” style swim events are scheduled on New Year’s Day in South Sound.
Participants and spectators can expect dry weather that’s mostly cloudy with areas of fog and highs in the 40s, according to Chris Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Here are the event details:
*The 6th Annual Squaxin Community Salish Plunge will take place at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday at the Arcadia Point boat ramp at the end of Lynch Road in Mason County.
The event is open to the public, and all ages. Costumes are encouraged and donations for the Squaxin Island Tribe’s food bank will be accepted.
Last year, 22 people jumped into the Puget Sound, and the water was 36 degrees, according to organizer Joseph Peters.
*The city of Lacey’s Polar Bear Plunge will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Long Lake Park, 2790 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Participants are encouraged to arrive at noon to register.
Campfires, music, cocoa and hot coffee will be available.
The event is open to the public for all ages.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to “bring a buck for New Year’s luck.” Those donations will go to the city’s summer lunch program.
Last year, about 600 people jumped into the lake, which was a chilly 43 degrees.
For more information, call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857.