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