On your mark…get set…
Back and better than ever, NRCM’s chilling and thrilling 5k and polar bear dip will be virtual once again in 2021. Participants will have from December 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022 to complete their dip, dash, and fundraising.
Registration opens on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. The nonrefundable registration fee to dip, dash, or both is $50 until December 25 and $60 from December 26 through January 2.
The effects of climate change on Maine’s environment are severe. We’re already seeing extreme weather patterns. Wildlife habitat and our recreation, leaf-peeping, and fishing industries are threatened. Seas are rising and our air quality is decreasing.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine advocates for energy-efficient solutions for homes and businesses, pollution-free air, clean transportation, and renewable energy sources. Every cent raised through the 2021 Virtual Polar Bear Dip & Dash will be used to directly support this work to reduce emissions and realize a clean energy future.
Thanks to everyone who participated or donated to their favorite "polar bears“ last year. We hope you enjoy the mash-up video below of some of the dips — taken all up and down the coast of Maine. 2020 Dip & Dash locations included: Higgins Beach, Willard Beach, Simpson's Point, Belfast Harbor, Popham Beach, Matinicus Island, Tenants Harbor, East End Beach, the Kennebec River, and more!
Where Will You Dip, Dash, or Both This Year?
Here are some of our suggestions. Send us yours to add!
|Coastal Beaches||Lakes||Suggested Dash Locations|
|Bayside Beach, Northport||Barrett's Cove, Megunticook Lake, Camden||Aroostook Valley Trail|
|Belfast Harbor||Echo Lake, Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle||Auburn Riverwalk|
|Crescent Beach, Roque Bluffs State Park||Lily Bay State Park, Beaver Cove, Moosehead Lake||Brunswick/Topsham Bike Path|
|Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth||Sebago Lake State Park, Naples||Back Cove Trail, Portland|
|East End Beach, Portland||Cobbosseecontee Lake Public Boat Launch, Monmouth||Downeast Sunrise Trail, Hancock & Washington Counties|
|Fortunes Rocks Beach, Biddeford||Winthrop Town Beach on Maranacook Lake||Eastern Trail, South Portland to Kittery|
|Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport||Rangeley Lake, Town of Rangeley's Lakeside Park in Rangeley Village||Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area|
|Kennebunk Beach||Range Pond State Park, Poland Spring||Kennebec Rail Trail, Augusta to Gardiner|
|Laite Beach, Camden||Messalonskee Lake, Old Belgrade Road, Oakland||Marginal Way, Ogunquit|
|Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches, York||Mountain Division Trail, Windham|
|Lucia Beach, South Thomaston|
|Old Orchard Beach|
|Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg|
|Reid State Park, Georgetown|
|Sand Beach, Acadia National Park|
|Wadsworth Cove, Castine|
|Willard Beach, South Portland|
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 each year on New Year's Eve Day. We added a 5K “warm-up” run in 2011. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we switched to a virtual format...and still met our fundraising goals!
Watch a fun video by Josh Gerritsen of one of our past Dip & Dash events.