BARNSTABLE – In a New Year’s Day tradition, polar plunges will take place across the Cape in an effort to raise money for various local charities.
The Old Silver Beach New Year’s Day Run and Dunk in North Falmouth kicks off at 9:45 am, with the plunge set for 11 a.m. The event raises money for the Cape Cod Center for Women which helps survivors of domestic violence.
Swimmers will hit the water at 10:30 am in Barnstable at Millway Beach. This year the plunge raises money for the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, which helps to bring awareness about the dangers of melanoma and the importance of early detection and prevention of the disease that killed Barnstable resident Glenna Kohl at age 26.
A plunge at Onset Pier starts at 11 a.m.
There are three frigid swims set for noon on New Year’s Day, at Bass River Beach in Yarmouth to benefit the Yarmouth Council on Aging, Loop Beach in Cotuit, and Monument Beach in Bourne.
The Monument Beach swim is one of the oldest polar plunges in the region. The 17th annual Monument Beach New Year’s Day Swim in Phinney’s Harbor takes place at noon but registration begins at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to wear crazy outfits or hats. And organizers say footwear is a must.
The donation to swim is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt and certificate of bravery. The swim benefits Bourne Friends Food Pantry.
The Monument Beach Polar Club has donated $52,800 to the Bourne Friends Food Pantry, according to organizers.
A gathering after the swim takes place at the Weary Travelers Club located at 77 Yalley Bars Road in Monument Beach for complimentary home made quahog chowder and camaraderie. A cash bar will be available.