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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Polar Plunge continues for 12th straight year


December 19, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Polar Plungers brave the cold temperatures of the Columbia River on New Year's Day in 2017. This year's Polar Plunge starts precisely at 10 a.m., and ends just a few minutes later.

For the 12th consecutive year, Central Klickitat County Parks and Recreation District Manager Lori Anderson and a handful of other brave and tough participants will meet at Maryhill State Park on New Year's Day looking for a unique and exciting start to 2019.

The Polar Plunge, which has run each and every year since it debuted on New Year's Day 2007, is set precisely for 10 a.m. Tuesday morning on the first day of 2019. However, the event is over shortly after it starts so be down at Maryhill at least a few minutes before 10. The event lasts as long as the participants can remain in the 40 degree temperatures of the Columbia River.

Registration is set for $10. Participants also can register for $30 which also includes a Polar Plunge T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce building, or online at

The Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District hosts the event, with proceeds from the event benefitting swim lessons, scholarships, upkeep of the district facilities and more.

To get into state parks in Washington, one must own a Discover Pass or pay a fee, but New Year's Day is a free admission day to all state parks in Washington. There will be signs guiding people in the right direction after they pull into the park.

Restrooms and changing rooms will be available and open for participants before and after they plunge and Anderson also will be bringing some extra towels. She advises plungers to bring their own towels and some sandals, an old pair of shoes, or anything to protect your feet.

For more information, visit the Parks and Rec website above, or call the Goldendale Swimming Pool at 773-0506 or 250-0981.


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