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Polar Bear Club Splash - Pittsburgh style

A great tradition takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania every New Year’s Day morning at 9:30 AM – the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club jump into the Monongahela River! Former swim coach Frank Nelson has been the volunteer host of this informal event for past decades. Sales of t-shirts at the event support “Project Bundle Up.”

2018 VIDEO of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear plunge

There will be a stark contrast between last year’s jump and this year with the air temperature being 38-degrees warmer on New Years Day 2019 – last year it was only 5-degrees F while this year’s forecast is a balmy 43-degrees. You can be sure the Mon River water will still be cold enough to raise plenty of goose bumps!

The Mon Wharf is directly across the Monongahela River from Station Square and has free parking for this event provided the river isn’t above flood stage.

The Mon Wharf is directly across the Monongahela River from Station Square and has free parking for this event provided the river isn’t above flood stage.

Those planning to participate should arrive early to get a parking spot on the Mon Wharf where the Polar Bear river plunge takes place at 9:30 AM. Traffic is usually light on New Year’s morning so that shouldn’t play a factor in your travel plans.

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Being a member of the “club” doesn’t require a formal membership of any sort, membership is earned by jumping in the river!

2013 VIDEO of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear plunge

Happy New Year!
Bob

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