In 2009, NRCM celebrated our 50th anniversary, and we decided to do “50 events to celebrate 50 years.” On January 2, 2009, twelve staff and family members gathered on East End Beach in Portland and plunged into the icy, cold Atlantic Ocean to raise funds and awareness of NRCM’s work to curb climate-changing pollution and support a clean energy future for Maine.
On December 31, 2009, we decided to end our 50th year with another polar plunge, and this time we had more people join us for our race into Casco Bay.
Since then, we have had a polar plunge at East End Beach each year on New Year’s Eve Day.
In 2011, we added a 5K race on the morning of the noontime dip, and thus changed the event’s name to the “NRCM Polar Bear Dip & Dash.”
This year, we had 250 people participate in the dip, the dash, or both – and raised $25,000 for our clean energy work. View some photos of the event here.
We hope you will mark your calendar and plan to join us on Sunday, December 31, 2017, for our 10th annual Dip & Dash.
Thank you to all of our business sponsors, our participants, and all of the volunteers who help us make this event such a success each year!