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January 1, 2017 Polar Bear Plunge for 2017 sees snow on the beach and hundreds taking a dip
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Well over an estimated 600 people showed up at Alki Beach on Jan. 1 for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.
Organizer Mark Ufkes, offered gratitude to his wife for the past year and for the world hoped that everyone would work harder to get along.

Precisely at 10am, the countdown began, somewhat organically as people with apparently waterproof smartphones announced the start of the ten second countdown.

The time spent in the 45 degree water was less important than the fact that they met the challenge though many of instantly frigid folks did take advantage of the free and hot clam chowder provided by Duke's Chowder House.

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It's a short event, often lasting less than 30 seconds but some brave souls took more time, diving in and giving the old year a complete rinse out and the new year a cool start.

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