Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

( 1 review )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Tulsa,
    United States
  • January
  • Other
  • Mud/Obstacle Race


Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
90 23
"TATUR's Polar Bear Plunge Tulsa"
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Sarah 's thoughts:

This race is unlike any I've ever participated in and takes place on New Years Day on the West Side of Tulsa.
Here's how it works:
3 Pools. 2 Miles. 1 Medal.
They have 2 heats. (Heat may be the wrong word for this being as we were jumping into ice cold water) They have a 1:00pm and 1:30pm start time. You know, so you don't have to get up too early if you are hung over from New Years Eve.

The race is a total of 2 miles. You run the first 1.25 miles on a mostly concrete trail on the west side of Tulsa. Then you jump in a series of 3 pools (yes you have to jump into cold water more than once!) and on the third and final pool you have to retrieve your giant medal from the bottom! (How twisted is that!?!) Plus, floating in the third pool are all kinds of frosty adult beverages you can pick up and take with you to the finish line where the bond fires are waiting to warm you up.

The first mile feels like the longest mile ever. It could just be the adrenaline from knowing you have to jump into 3 ice cold pools though.
Parking is easy because it is on the River Parks trail. You pick up your race bib and shirt the day of the event. This year there were about 600 runners and the temps were in the low 40s.
They even have an add-on event, the ice bath, and for an extra $5 you have to submerge yourself in an ice bath but you earn an extra pin and bragging rights.
The medals are seriously huge coming in at 6.5 inches! The cost of the race isn't bad considering it was $40, you get a medal, T-shirt, and an after race party with pizza and beer. I noticed this year that they ran a deal on living social so for those who were able to take advantage of that it was even cheaper.
Oh and before the race they gave out free shots of Rumplemints to those who were old enough to drink! There is also has a fun costume contest before the race that gives out cash prizes.
It's a cold and crazy time, but I highly recommend it to anyone who is brave enough!

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