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Mark Ufkes is the leader of the Polar Bear Swim held every year on Alki Beach, roughly across from Duke's Chowder House restaurant. The event gets underway at 10am sharp and hundreds are expected to take part in the chilly challenge.

The 'Polar Bear Swim' will greet 2015 on Alki Beach New Years Day

Led by the one and only Mark Ufkes, former White Center Chamber of Commerce President, hundreds will like the beach on Alki for the annual Polar Bear Swim. It will start at 10am New Years Day. If you plan to participate in the very brief event (most swimmers are in and out of the water in less than 1 minute), bring some big towels and dry clothing to change into, likely in your car.

Ufkes said, "We line up all along the beach, have a count down, and at 10 am sharp, we hold hands and run into the water together. Each year, the swim gets bigger. Over 500 swimmers fanned out in a long line along the beach and joined us last year. It is a great way to wash away the complexities of the previous year, and celebrate the unlimited potential that awaits each of us in the new year. Year after year, Polar Bear swimmers declare that this ritual creates a sense of renewal, and helps make the new year be stronger and more positive.

2015, The year of the Sheep - a symbol pf peace, harmony, co-existence, and tranquility. A nurturing year, which the world can always use more of. "

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