This weekend: An icy Alaskan swim is a cabin fever reliever

Courtesy Polar Bear Jump Off

File this one under "Crazy-But-True." Alaskans young and old will jump into the icy waters off Seward this Saturday, all to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The 24th annual Polar Bear Jump Off is what it sounds like: Participants don crazy costumes (princesses, penguins, Scooby Doo characters, etc.) and leap into Resurrection Bay, which will be roughly 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Seventy-five percent of the jumpers are returning and have participated five or more times," says Polar Bear Marilyn, the organizer.

Related activities include frozen turkey bowling. The turkeys are in place of the ball, not the pins. Strikes win prizes. There's also a karaoke contest, a quilt show, and a costume contest. Get the full schedule at

Seward is about three hours south of Anchorage. Saturday's forecast is calling for snow showers and a high of 23 degrees. But we're pretty sure that won't stop the plunge-takers.

Seward Waterfront Park. Watching the jump is free; some activities cost a nominal fee ($4 to $7).


Watch a YouTube video of the Jump Off

Get more info on Seward at the Chamber of Commerce

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