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Portland Polar Bear Dip and Dash raises awareness of climate change

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, at 4:04 p.m.
Winter dippers emerge from the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland's East End Beach on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual New Year's Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser which includes a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water.
Winter dippers emerge from the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland's East End Beach on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual New Year's Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser which includes a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water. Buy Photo
Winter dippers emerge from the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland's East End Beach on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual New Year's Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser which includes a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water.
Winter dippers emerge from the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland's East End Beach on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual New Year's Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser which includes a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water. Buy Photo
Friends (from left) Rebecca Belaire, Eric Vattaso, Sarah Lecroix and Abby Goulet steam in the cold air after emerging from the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland's East End Beach on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual New Year's Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser.
Friends (from left) Rebecca Belaire, Eric Vattaso, Sarah Lecroix and Abby Goulet steam in the cold air after emerging from the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland's East End Beach on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual New Year's Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — Winter dippers braved the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland’s East End Beach on Monday.

The event was part of the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s annual New Year’s Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser which included a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water.

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