Juneau residents take to the frigid waters at Auke Bay Recreation Area for the annual Juneau Polar Bear Dip on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Nearly 200 people took the plunge to start off the new year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Juneau residents take to the frigid waters at Auke Bay Recreation Area for the annual Juneau Polar Bear Dip on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Nearly 200 people took the plunge to start off the new year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Get ready to dip into the new year

Time for the annual polar plunge.

The annual Polar Bear Dip is Wednesday.

The free and public event is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Auke Recreation Area main shelter. During the dip, participants will rush into the cold water. Capital City Fire/Rescue will be present to help keep the event safe.

Participants are encouraged to bring warm clothes and a towel and arrive at least 20 minutes early to secure parking.

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