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.

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