2019 Portland Polar Plunge & 5K | 10K Fun Run/Walk

Bridge City teaching a polar bear how to paddle
Bridge City teaching a polar bear how to paddle


Join Bridge City Paddling Club and the BBBBBRidge City Polar Paddlers in our tenth annual plunge into the Columbia River.  We have plunged every year since the club was formed in 2010.


Bridge City Paddling Club is a year round outrigger canoe and dragon boat paddling club in downtown Portland, Oregon.  We understand the thrill of athletic competiion, the joy of participating with a team to accomplish a goal, the need to practice in order to improve, and the adrenalin rush from a race.

Special Olympics of Oregon brings that same experience to over 14,000 participants in Oregon every year, and Bridge City is excited to support them in the plunge again this year.

We will have paddlers too chicken to plunge, paddlers signing up to run the 10K and plunge, paddlers running the 5K, and paddlers who just want to paddle in the Columbia River without a dragon boat.    Friends, family, and barely acquaintances are all welcome to join our team.  We have raised over $60,000 for Special Olympics over the past nine years.

Each year, we also teach a polar bear how to paddle in a dragon boat.  Here is our video from 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwMLFZr773E

It’s a chilly job but someone has to do it! 

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