NRCM's 13th annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash registration is open!
Run, Walk, Make a Splash at this benefit for NRCM's work to fight climate change.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
5k at 11:00 a.m. at Southern Maine Community College (new location this year!)
Dip into Casco Bay at Willard Beach at 12 noon
NRCM's chilling and thrilling 5k and polar bear dip raises funds to combat climate change. Celebratory music and DJ at the 5k finish line, photo ops with polar bear mascots, and screaming mayhem into the ocean! It's a wildly fun event for a great cause!
The effects of climate change on Maine’s environment are severe. Weather patterns are changing from one extreme to the next, habitat has been lost, and our seas are rising.
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 emissions and realize a clean energy future.
The nonrefundable registration fee to dip, dash, or both is $30 until November 15th and $35 after that time. Additionally, friends and family can support your efforts through our secure web pages. There are prizes for hitting fundraising levels, too.
- View 2019 race results.
- See photos from the 2019 Dip & Dash on our Facebook page.
- View Maine Running photos.
- See News Center Maine news story & video from the 2019 event.
Watch a fun video by Josh Gerritsen of one of our past Dip & Dash events.
In 2009, fourteen 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.
Since then, we have had a polar plunge at East End Beach each year on New Year's Eve Day. There’s now the added bonus of a 5k “warm-up” run, if you like.