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PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Scenes from the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Scenes from the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

Sixty or so brave souls started the New Year with a daring Polar Bear Plunge into Puget Sound off the beach of Burien’s Three Tree Point at Noon on Wednesday, Jan. 1. A new champ was crowned –... [Read more]

Dive into the New Year at the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point

Dive into the New Year at the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point

Animated gif of the Jan. 1, 2013 Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge by Jana Kleitsch. Dive into the New Year with Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, to be held at Noon on New Year’s Day (Wednesday,... [Read more]

Dive into the New Year at the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point

Dive into the New Year at the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point

Dive into the New Year with Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, to be held at Noon on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1) in Three Tree Point…

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: ‘Record Crowd’ Rings in 2013 at 3 Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: ‘Record Crowd’ Rings in 2013 at 3 Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

On a perfectly clear, pristine New Year’s Day, around 60 people rang in 2013 by running in, jumping, diving and plunging into the chilly waters off Burien’s Three Tree Point at the annual Polar Bear Plunge…

<i>Brrring</i> in 2013 with Burien’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day

Brrring in 2013 with Burien’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day

Last year’s trophy winner, Isaac Chrisman, visiting from Idaho. Photo by Michael Brunk. Brrring in 2013 with Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, to be held at Noon on New Year’s Day –... [Read more]

<i>Brrring</i> in 2013 with Burien’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day

Brrring in 2013 with Burien’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day

Last year’s trophy winner, Isaac Chrisman, visiting from Idaho. Photo by Michael Brunk. Brrring in 2013 with Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, to be held at Noon on New Year’s Day –... [Read more]

VIDEO: Around 40 Jump Into Burien’s ‘Polar Bear Plunge'; + POV Splash Cam!

VIDEO: Around 40 Jump Into Burien’s ‘Polar Bear Plunge'; + POV Splash Cam!

With the air temp around 53 degrees, it was a very mild, sunny New Year’s Day in Burien Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, when some 40+ locals braved the chilly waters of Puget Sound to participate in the annual... [Read more]

Brrring In 2012 With Burien’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge At Three Tree Point

Brrring In 2012 With Burien’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge At Three Tree Point

Brrring in 2012 with Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, to be held at Noon on New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1) in Three Tree Point. Aside from the Pie Joust in August (see our coverage here),... [Read more]

BTB’s Bart Bryan Will ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ Saturday At Alki For Special Olympics

BTB’s Bart Bryan Will ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ Saturday At Alki For Special Olympics

We’re proud to announce that The B-Town Blog’s own Bart Bryan, known worldwide for his infamous daredevil feats of strength (some say foolishness), will be “Freezin’ for a Reason”... [Read more]

VIDEO: Record Turnout For Polar Bear Plunge; Plus, BTB’s Bart Wins Trophy!

VIDEO: Record Turnout For Polar Bear Plunge; Plus, BTB’s Bart Wins Trophy!

Story and Video by Scott Schaefer Under crystal clear, sunny blue skies, on a New Year’s Day when the water temperature (around 46 degrees) was warmer than the air (around 36 degrees), a record 50... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes From Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

PHOTOS: Scenes From Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

Today’s beautiful, blue skies and sunshine didn’t really contribute much to warming up the waters of Puget Sound, but that didn’t dissuade a record number of local residents from plunging... [Read more]

Start 2011 With Burien’s Annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ At Three Tree Point

Start 2011 With Burien’s Annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ At Three Tree Point

What better way to start the New Year than by waking up – no wait, make that SHOCKING – your body by participating in Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point on New Year’s... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes From The Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

PHOTOS: Scenes From The Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

Sure, we’ve already posted a video of the wacky event (see it here), but that won’t stop us from posting this outstanding Photo Slideshow of the annual Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge on... [Read more]

VIDEO: New Decade & Year Begins With Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

VIDEO: New Decade & Year Begins With Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

Story and Video by Scott Schaefer As if on cue, the sun made a brief appearance, the rain stopped, and during a nice lull on an otherwise typical, windy New Year’s Day, 29 people braved the chilly... [Read more]

Polar Bear Plunge Will Be Jan. 1st At Three Tree Point, And This Year It's For A Good Cause

Polar Bear Plunge Will Be Jan. 1st At Three Tree Point, And This Year It's For A Good Cause

Burien’s annual “Polar Bear Plunge” will take place this Friday, Jan. 1st at Noon on the beach at Three Tree Point, and this year it’s also going to serve as a fundraiser for the... [Read more]

VIDEO: Polar Bear Plunge Raises $$ For Special Olympics

VIDEO: Polar Bear Plunge Raises $$ For Special Olympics

On Saturday (Feb. 14th), over a dozen area residents braved the chilly 45-degree temps of Puget Sound near the Redondo Pier in Des Moines for a special “Polar Bear Plunge” to raise money for... [Read more]

VIDEO: Burien’s Polar Bear Plunge w/Exclusive POV Cam

VIDEO: Burien’s Polar Bear Plunge w/Exclusive POV Cam

Burien’s annual “Polar Bear Plunge” took place New Year’s Day at Noon, on a cold, blustery beach at Three Tree Point, and here’s video of the event, as shot and edited by... [Read more]

Video of Your Crazy Neighbors’ Polar Bear Plunge

Video of Your Crazy Neighbors’ Polar Bear Plunge

On New Year’s Day 2008, 21 wacky neighbors and friends found the nerve and courage to strip down to their skivvies and jump, dive and dip into the very very chilly 42-degree Puget Sound waters down... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Locals Celebrate The New Year By Flirting With Hypothermia

PHOTOS: Locals Celebrate The New Year By Flirting With Hypothermia

It’s the first of January and you know what that means… the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point! This year's trophy winner, Isaac Chrisman Once again the weather cooperated and... [Read more]

Here Are This Weekend’s New Year’s Area Haps…

Here Are This Weekend’s New Year’s Area Haps…

Celebrate New Year's Eve for just $5 at Advertiser Mick Kelly's Irish Pub! It’s New Year’s Eve weekend (Happy New Year everyone!), and there’s surely going to be a lot of partying... [Read more]

Start The New Year With A ‘Walk N’Talk’ Through Gregory Heights Sunday

Start The New Year With A ‘Walk N’Talk’ Through Gregory Heights Sunday

After you’ve taken your annual Polar Bear Plunge, start the New Year with a Walk N’Talk starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1st at Burien Town Square Park, this time with a stroll through the Gregory... [Read more]

Win A Date To The Rotary’s Rockin’ Valentine’s Dinner With Bart Bryan!

Win A Date To The Rotary’s Rockin’ Valentine’s Dinner With Bart Bryan!

B-Town Blog Sales Guy/Host Bart Bryan needs a Date for the Rotary Club of Burien/White Center’s Rockin’ Valentines Dinner and Dance, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 13th at South Seattle... [Read more]

PHOTOS: That Wasn’t A Police Raid, It Was A Fundraiser!

PHOTOS: That Wasn’t A Police Raid, It Was A Fundraiser!

If you were in the vicinity of Red Robin on Southcenter Blvd. in Tukwila on Saturday you may have noticed an unusually large gathering of police cars, fire trucks, and even a SWAT paddy wagon along with numerous uniformed officers.

No, it wasn’t a police raid on the burger joint – it was the annual “Tip A Cop” fundraiser for Special Olympics.

“Tip A Cop” is a major fundraiser put on at Red Robins throughout Washington as well as many other states. It ran from Noon to 8pm Saturday, and the idea is this:

  • For a minimum donation of $5, you could have a friend (or family member) “arrested,” handcuffed and taken outside to a waiting SWAT paddy wagon by a real, uniformed police officer.
  • All donations went to Special Olympics.
  • Saturday’s goal was to raise $5,000.
  • Officers from the Tukwila Police Department were there, along with members of the Washington State Patrol, Recruits from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, as well as area Police Explorers.
  • Departments from around the US compete against each other, and this year, according to Tukwila Officer Ted Rutt, the main competition was against the state of Colorado.
  • The last Special Olympics fundraiser these guys pulled off was the Polar Bear Plunge on Valentine’s Day (read the story and watch our exclusive video here)
  • “Tip-A-Cop” is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign, which includes a series of relay runs and other fundraisers represented by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics.

Our own Scott Schaefer was there, and he took these photos:

B-Town Blog Home Office Gets ‘Flamingoed’!

B-Town Blog Home Office Gets ‘Flamingoed’!

As we stepped out of our house Saturday morning to go cover the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics, we were surprised with the sight above – of some 20 or so kitschy plastic lawn Flamingoes... [Read more]