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When is the registration deadline?


What is the price?

$25 until November 30, $30 until December 29 and $35 on race-day.


What time does the race start?

11 a.m., which leaves plenty of time to sleep off that New Year's Eve hangover!


Where does the race take place?

Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave., South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


What is the course like?

The course is entirely on a parkway except for the finish in a parking lot. There are a few gradual hills including a major downhill finish. Grant Park is one of the most scenic parks in the Milwaukee area with spectacular views of Lake Michigan.


What should I wear if I am doing the polar dip?

That is completely up to you. One thing you might want to wear is an old pair of running shoes if you plan to wear them into the water.


What should I do about my wet clothes after the race?

It is highly recommended that you bring some warm, dry clothes and place them on the tarp near the finish line.


Will the race be timed and how can I get my results?


Will you give out awards and for what age groups?

The top three overall male and females will receive awards as well as the top three males and females in the following age groups: 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. There will also be a special award for the first three male and female finishers in the Polar Bear Division. Those runners are also eligible for overall or age group awards.


Where do I pick up my packet and what do I get?

The packet pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Grant Park Golf Course Club House. Participants will receive a goody bag with a long-sleeve t-shirt (adult sizes only, guaranteed for pre-registered runners only).


Will there be a water station on the course?

Due to the race being held in winter and the safety concerns about water freezing on the course, water will not be provided.  Please bring your own hand-held water bottle if you feel that you will need water on the course.  If it is an unseasonably warm day, water will be provided. Water will also be available in the club house after the race.


Is there an age limit?

No, bring the whole family.


Are strollers permitted?

Absolutely!  Please bring the little ones along.


Are walkers are allowed?

Sure, walkers can participate.


Do I have to run into the cold water of Lake Michigan?

No, there is not requirement that you do a polar dip and in fact you must be 18 to jump in.  You can even decide during the race if you want to do the dip or not. There will be members from the South Milwaukee Fire Department on hand to ensure that everyone enters and exits the water safely.


What if the weather is inclement on race-day?

The race will go on unless conditions make it impossible to hold.


Can I get a refund if I am unable to participate?

No, there are no refunds for the Polar Bear Dash.


How do I contact the event director?

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