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Polar Plunging

Polar Bear Plunge participants dash into Lake Coeur d’Alene in celebration of New Year’s Day.
Polar Bear Plunge participants dash into Lake Coeur d’Alene in celebration of New Year’s Day.

COEUR d'ALENE - Planning to jump into Lake Coeur d'Alene on Saturday?

Climatologist Cliff Harris has some advice for you.

"Wear a fur bikini." Because it's going to be cold. Very cold. The Polar Bear Plunge is once again set for its traditional time and place, noon on New Year's Day at Sanders Beach.

About 500 people are expected to run into the lake, dive under, and run even faster back out. The first unofficial Polar Bear Plunge occurred Nov. 21, 1978. This year's plunge promises to be even more challenging - temperatures will be about 10 degrees when the clock strikes 12. The low on Saturday is projected at minus 3 degrees in the morning. More here. Bill Buley/Cda Press

Have you ever plunged? Will you be at Sanders Beach Saturday? (PS: MikeK: Do NOT send me anymore photos! I believe you, I believe you).




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.