Swimming in the Potomac River might be a rare sight, but one day each winter the Polar Bear Plunge invites folks to brave the elements. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the plunge is located at National Harbor in Maryland. They have a small strip of shoreline that serves as a beach, good enough for an event like this. The day was cool, with some snow in spots on the ground. Photos below.

Winter Should Be Cold

Arctic Creatures

January Swimmers

Big Wave

Everybody In

Speed Boat

Braving the Cold

Snowy Beach

America Can Do

I can’t think of a similar beach in Washington, DC. Both the Georgetown Waterfront Park and Yards Park face the river, but don’t have a natural shoreline. Wouldn’t it be nice if playing in the river were more than just an off-season dare.

More photos via the plunge2013 tag. See also photos from the 2011 National Harbor plunge, and 2012 Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point Park.

Come on In, the Weather’s Freezing

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