Polar Bear Dip & Dash

Join us on 12/31/2024

(race date estimated)

Polar Bear Dip & Dash Race Description

Be bold in the cold in the East End for the Year End celebration! The fun will take place in Portland, Maine on Sunday, December 31st, 2017. Walk or run a 5k, plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, or both. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. at the Back Cove Parking lot for the 5k. The race will start at 11 a.m., and the dip will be at noon at East End Beach. Click here to view the 5k route around Portland's Back Cove. A shuttle will return participants to the Back Cove parking lot after the dip.

The nonrefundable registration fee to dip, dash, or both is $30 until November 15 and then increases to $35. Additionally, friends and family can pledge you through our secure webpages. See prizes for hitting fundraising levels below.

A 5k or ocean dip in winter in Maine to raise funds to combat global warming is fitting. Weather patterns are changing from one extreme to the next and our seas are rising. The effects of climate change on Maine’s environment are severe.

Energy efficiency, clean air, and renewable energy sources are a priority for NRCM. Every cent you raise will be used to directly support this work to reduce global warming emissions.

Event Location:

5k: Starts at Back Cove parking area (across from Hannaford)

Polar Dip: East End Beach (Cutter Street)

Click here to carpool! The Back Cove parking area is located at 80 Preble Street Extension, Portland, ME 04101.

View a map  of parking area for the 5k

Event Schedule:

9 am – 10:45 am Registration for 5k: Back Cove parking area, located across from Hannaford (only dipping? Register at the East End Beach by 11:30)

11 am 5k Run: leaving from the Back Cove parking lot and ending at East End Beach

12 pm Polar Bear Dip: After pausing for a brief photo, we’ll count down to the plunge!

12:15 Shuttle: Leaving in roughly 15 minute increments, a shuttle will take participants back to their cars at the Back Cove parking lot.

Fundraising Prizes:

Mountain Biking Vacation Package ($1,000 +)
Raise $1,000 and receive a mountain biking vacation package at BackCountry Excursions in Parsonsfield, Maine. Also receive framed polar bear print, fleece, hand-made mug, towel, and water bottle.

Framed Polar Bear Print ($750 +) 
When you raise $750 or more in pledges, you will receive a framed polar bear print plus a Patagonia fleece, stainless steel water bottle, and cozy beach towel

Patagonia Sweater ($500 +) 
When you raise $500 or more in pledges, you will receive a Patagonia sweater plus a hand-made mug, stainless steel water bottle, and cozy beach towel.

Hand-made Dip & Dash Mug ($250 +) 
When you raise $250 or more in pledges, you will receive a one-of-a-kind commemorative hand-made polar bear clay mug plus the stainless steel water bottle and cozy beach towel.

Dip & Dash water bottle ($100 +) 
When you raise $100 or more, you will receive a stainless steel BPA-free water bottle, made in the USA, featuring the event logo and media sponsor WCLZ plus the event towel.

Dip & Dash Towel ($50 +) 
When you raise $50 or more in pledges, you will receive a cozy Dip & Dash towel provided by sponsor Lee Auto Malls.

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    Polar Bear Dip & Dash Where & When

  • Location: Portland, ME 04101
  • Race Date: 2017/12/31 11:00:00 AM (Sunday)
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Portland, ME Weather

Polar Bear Dip & Dash weather history
  • Based on a 5 year average and a race date of December 31st, Portland, ME can expect temperatures between 56℉ and 75℉ with humidity around 72% and precipitation of 0.04".
    Last year the weather condition was Sunny.
  • Portland, ME current weather
  • Clouds 53℉ Clouds

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