The Prince Rupert Rotary Club and Rupert Runners Club are joining forces this year in putting on both of the group’s annual kick-off to the new-year events, the Polar Bear Swim and Resolution Run on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
“We invite everyone to come down at noon to take part in the run, and at one o’clock the swim. People can run, or walk, or even crawl and come down and have a free hot dog or hot chocolate.” Said this year’s duo-event organizer Finn Conradsen, who is a Rotarian and Rupert Runner Club member.
The Resolution Run and Walk will be starting at noon on January 1, with runners meeting in front of Canfish (BC Packers) at the bottom of Drydock Road, near George Hills Way. Participants will be running or walking along the waterfront until they hit the Lightering Dock, where participants will turn around and make their way back to Rushbrook Floats.
Runners or walkers may choose to dress up in a costume for the event, with the winner of the best costume having a donation made in their name to either the Salvation Army, SPCA, PRMS track team, or the Rupert Rampage hockey team.
Then at one p.m. the Polar Bear Swim will be taking place at the Rushbrook Floats. Brave individuals will start off the new-year by entering the freezing cold water, and afterwards will be able to enjoy free hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate, courtesy of the Rupert Runners Club, who pitched $200 towards the give outs, and the Rotary Club.
Individuals and groups partaking in the Polar Bear Swim may also choose to dress up in costumes, to add that extra bit of fun to the numbingly cold swim.
For more information, contact Finn Conradsen at 250-624-5401.