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Jan. 1, 2013: Ring in the New Year at Lake Tapps Polar Bear Plunge

How do you plan to ring in the new year?

The seventh-annual Lake Tapps Polar Bear Plunge will kick off at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, and it's looking like another cold and dry event will be underway this year.

The yearly tradition draws folks from far and wide to plunge into the icy waters as a way to cleanse the past and prepare for the new year.

The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Driftwood Point Park, located at 18536 Driftwood Dr, Lake Tapps, WA 98391. Visit the Driftwood Point Association website for more information.

A bonfire will be provided for chilly jumpers, and there will be plenty of photo ops, as many wear funky costumes during the plunge!

It's hard to say exactly how cold the lake will be on Jan. 1, but the National Weather Service is forecasting partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Click here to read our coverage from a Polar Bear Plunge from the past. Organizer Scott Thorsteinson was interviewed by the Tacoma News Tribune for a preview of this year's event. Read that here.

Will you be taking the plunge this year? What are some good advice to share with our rookie participants? Tell us in the comments below.

suzy January 01, 2013 at 11:19 PM
water was COLD this year!!!

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