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  • NRCM’s Polar Bear run and ocean dip raises funds to combat climate change

    The Polarbear challange in Portland, Maine, Photo by Ramona du Houx

    By Ramona du Houx

    About 100 bold citizens walked or ran in Portland’s East End 5k run to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce climate-changing pollution. Some plunged into the Back Cove for a great cause- to help fight climate change- afterwards.

    On New Year’s Eve the 5k ran began at 11:00 followed by the awakening dip at noon – the “warmest” part of the day – at Portland’s East End Beach. A shuttle returned participants to their cars at Back Cove after the refreshing winter’s dip. Some participants showed up in polar bear costumes and enjoyed hot drinks from Coffee by Design.

     Prizes for top finishers, best costume, and youngest and oldest participants were also given out. 

    All participants got a free Baxter Brewing beer at the after-party and awards ceremony at the Great Lost Bear, a local pub. All participants who raised $50 (including registration fee), received a bpa-free, made in the USA water bottle that features the event and Mt. Katahdin. Participants who raised $100 earned the water bottle and a cozy event towel. Participants that brought in $250 earned the above and a one-of-a-kind commemorative hand-made polar bear clay mug. And, participants who raised $500 were eligible to earn all the above plus a Patagonia fleece jacket.

    The Polarbear challange in Portland, Maine, Photo by Ramona du Houx