The annual Polar Bear Plunge is in its 17th year and has become a tradition in the Kirkland community. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos

The annual Polar Bear Plunge is in its 17th year and has become a tradition in the Kirkland community. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos

Starting the new year with a plunge at Marina Park

Eastsiders plunge into Lake Washington for the 17th Annual Polar Plunge.

Hundreds of Kirklanders rang in the New Year by taking a plunge at the Polar Bear Plunge at Kirkland’s Marina Park. The 17th annual event brought together residents as they braved the cold to ring in the New Year. The unofficial event has become a yearly tradition where attendees jump into Lake Washington. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos

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