Like it cold? There’s a new polar bear plunge in town

There’s a new place to start out the new year with a shiver and quiver.

Martha Lake Community Park in Lynnwood will be the scene of a polar bear plunge on Jan. 1.

Tony Trofimczuk, a Snohomish County Parks &Recreation supervisor, helped organize the event.


“They’re fun,” said Trofimczuk, who took his first plunge at age 8.

The 1 p.m. plunge is free and so are the eats. Come at 12:30 p.m. for cabbage soup provided by Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub.

Dress for warmth and pizazz. Winner of the Best Costume Award will walk away with a handcrafted “I survived the Martha Lake Polar Bear Plunge” mug.

Think you can’t handle it?

Sure you can.

Here are some tips from Trofimczuk to get into shape.

1. Take ice cold showers, daily.

2. Drive to work with the windows down and the AC cranked up.

3. Take ice baths while reading the complete version of “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer and listening to “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice.

4. Enjoy nightly barefoot walks on the beach in shorts and a tank top.

5. Sleep in the meat locker at your local grocery store.

6. Walk around with a high-powered, portable fan, turned on at all times.

7. Hydrate with melted ice instead of water.

8. Visit the Seattle Aquarium to study the penguins.

9. Eat frozen TV dinners—without heating them up.

10. Chill out. You don’t need to practice. Just do it.

More at

Find more polar bear plunges at

More in Life

‘Last Jedi’ is the best ‘Star Wars’ movie since the first one

This instant-classic popcorn movie makes clever references to the past while embracing the new.

‘The Shape of Water’: 1950s creature feature meets 2017 allegory

Director Guillermo del Toro’s allegory bears his fetishes for monsters and surrealistic environments.

‘Ferdinand’ a modern take on the beloved children’s story

The lovable bull is back in an enjoyable but spotty animated film from the makers of “Ice Age.”

Art mimicks reality in engrosing ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

The Korean film tells the story of an actress recovering from an affair with a married director.

Everett’s Michael ‘Scooby’ Silva is the leader of the (dog) pack

Since 2012, he’s built a thriving business walking dogs while their owners are at work.

Student winners to perform concertos with Mukilteo orchestra

This annual show is a partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association.

Red wine usually costs more, but you can still find bargains

Here are five good-quality reds that won’t drain your grocery budget.

Beer of the Week: Skull Splitter and Blood of My Enemies

Aesir Meadery of Everett and Whiskey Ridge Brewing of Arlington collaborated to make two braggots.

Booze notebook: Scrappy Punk marks first year in Snohomish

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Most Read