Kirkland residents and the surrounding area kicked off 2018 with a cold dip into Lake Washington at the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park. Courtesy of Rob Butcher

Kirkland residents and the surrounding area kicked off 2018 with a cold dip into Lake Washington at the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park. Courtesy of Rob Butcher

Taking the plunge

Kirklanders jump into Lake Washington for 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park.

  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:15am
  • Life

At the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park in Kirkland, residents braved the cold to ring in the new year. The unofficial event has become a yearly tradition with attendees jump into Lake Washington. While some participants came in costume for a little extra warmth, others ran into the water in their swimsuits. The event also collected food for a local food bank.

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