Mid-June is a great time for a swim – in most parts of the country. Not so in Nome, unless you like your water just over freezing – sometimes with ice chunks floating in it. It’s sure invigorating, though, and fun for both spectators and participants (some in bikinis, others in costume).
The event, sponsored by Nome’s Rotary Club, raises funds for community projects. It also raises heart rates for those who leave the safety of East End Beach for the icy cold waters of the Bering Sea. Many get out as fast as they went in, with gasps, smiles and a rush to the nearby bonfire. It’s all part of Nome’s wacky annual celebration of summer solstice.
Jump in yourself, or cheer on the hardy participants. Meet at East End Beach in the afternoon, after Nome’s annual Midnight Sun Parade and Bank Robbery.