Last week in our podcast, Jeremy and I were discussing all things Irish and Chirstmas. We mentioned the Dublin, Ireland Christmas morning swim at the Forty Foot, a location made famous in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Forty Foot is a sea inlet which is located on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove and people have gone to this point to swim in the Irish Sea for around 250 years; however, Dublin does not have a lock on crazy + swimming + Christmas Day.
The Peter Pan Cup, is a Christmas Swim in the Serpentine in London, a contest that has been held every year since 1864. In 1904, author J. M. Barrie awarded the Peter Pan Cup to the winner of the race. The Serpentine, located in Hyde Park, London, will be the location of the 10 km Marathon swimming event at this summer’s Olympic competition.
Not to be outdone, Porthcawl, Wales holds its annual swim at the Coney Beach. The funraiser’s primary beneficiary is the Wales Air Ambulance.
The Barcelona Swimming Club organizes the Christmas Cup Swim in the port of Barcelona, Spain. This is 200 meters across open water, and it began in 1907. It has been held continuously since then except in 1937 and 1938 because of the Spanish Civil War (good excuse, if you ask me).
In Maryland, our own Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics Maryland does not take place until January 28. It is held each year at Sandy Point State Park. Although it is not held on Christmas Day, it’s much closer to home and requires just as much courage combined with crazy.