A new winner was crowned at Burien’s 2024 Polar Bear Plunge held at Three Tree Point on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 – Joe Hauser, dressed as a sloth, complete with all the affectations of the slow-moving mammal – took home the historic Polar Bear trophy and a cash prize.

Hauser is an environmental engineer who also serves on the Burien Planning Commission, as well as an excellent sloth who obviously method-acted the part (see video proof below).

Burien’s Joe Hauser won the coveted Three Tree Point Polar Bear trophy in his method-acted sloth costume.

As all local historians know, the sloth is a prominent figure in the Burien area, as one that’s 10,000 years old was discovered in 1961 when a giant ground sloth known as Megalonyx Jeffersoni was unearthed during construction of Sea-Tac Airport’s second runway. The fossil was discovered by a crane operator and later excavated by a scientist from the Burke Museum, where the original now resides. A full-scale replica can be seen at the Highline Heritage Museum in Burien, or at times now at the south beach of Three Tree Point.

Below is a highlight video of the event, as shot/edited by Scott Schaefer:

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One reply on “VIDEO: Over 100 splash into 2024 with joy, vigor and sometimes sloth-like behavior at annual Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge”

  1. It should be called the Polar Bear Dip! Not plunge. Very very few actually go under the water like instructed. Kudos to the few who actually plunged!

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