Tenth Annual Polar Bear Dip Cancelled; 5K Dash at East End Beach Still On


Everett “Brownie” Carson, 26 year Leader of the NRCM   and His Successor Lisa Pohlmann at East End Beach Polar Dip – Probably in 2011.

A Group Photo Before The Polar Bear Dip Several Years Ago.  Lisa Pohlman, Executive Director, is in the Center Front.

The tenth annual Polar Bear Dip on East End Beach on Munjoy Hill has been cancelled for Sunday, December 31 at noon. After consulting with medical professionals, the Natural Resources Council of Maine has decided its simply “too cold to encourage anyone to plunge this year.”  Numerous similar dips across the country are likewise being cancelled because of the weather according to a report in “The New York Times” today.

However, the 5K walk/run is happening!  Meet at the Back Cove Parking Lot across from Hannaford in Portland by 11:00 am.

Following the 5K dash, we will all still take a group photo on the beach, enjoy hot drinks, food and fun music was the information on the NRC web page today.

Please consider using grips over your shoes, runner’s spikes and remember to cover your hands and feet at all times on the trail the web page also suggested.  On-line registration for the 5K is closed.

Please help us raise awareness about climate change and raise funds in support of our work to keep Maine a special place.  Every cent raised from this event will be used to directly support our efforts for a clean energy future in Maine.  This is an Augusta based non-profit.  Its 800 number is:  287-2345.  It is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Former executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Everett “Brownie” Carson led the non-profit for 26 years.  On June 2, 2010 he announced his resignation from that position.  The next year, Lisa Pohlmann, of Jefferson, was named executive director of the environmental advocacy group.  She had been a long time board member of the organization.

For more background information on its leadership, please visit posts herein dated June 3, 2010 and January 12, 2011.