the plunge

Come take The Plunge!

Join the Y for one of the most popular annual events - The Plunge! Our organization has been carrying on this tradition for nearly 40 years. We will walk, jog, bike to the beach, and take three dips in the Puget Sound! This is a terrific way to celebrate Summer and feel renewed in mind, body, and spirit. Be sure to share and invite friends!

This event will be held on August 25, and we will be running into the water at 8:30 am. Check below for details on your local community center's plans for getting to Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park. Still, have questions? Check the FAQ at the bottom of this page. We can't wait to see you there!

The Plunge

Departure Times by Community Center

Morgan Family Y | 4.8 miles

6:30 am Walking
6:45 am 15 min/mile
7:00 am 12 min/mile
7:10 am 10 min/mile
7:20 am 8.5 min/mile
7:25 am Biking


Tacoma Center Y | 6.9 miles

5:50 am Walking
6:15 am 15 min/mile
6:35 am 12 min/mile
6:50 am 10 min/mile
7:00 am 8.5 min/mile
7:20 am Biking


Tom Taylor Family Y | 13.1 miles

5:00 am 15 min/mile
5:30 am 11-12 min/mile
6:00 am 9-10 min/mile
6:35 am Biking



The Plunge FAQ 

Who can participate? 
All members and staff are welcome to participate!

How do I get to The Plunge? 
Walk, run, or bike from the community center of your choice, or canoe, kayak, or paddle board from The Ram or Old Town Dock.

Is there a cost to participate? 


What time is the actual Plunge into the water?
8:30 am sharp!

Which Community Centers are departure centers? 
Morgan (4.8 miles), Tacoma Center (6.9 miles), and Tom Taylor (13.1 miles).

Is this a race? 
Not at all. Each center has multiple options, so you can choose a pace that works for you!

Will the water be cold? 
Definitely! We will have coffee and hot chocolate to warm you up, though! How do I get back? We recommend parking a car at the beach ahead of time, but we will have some bus availability back to Tacoma Center, Morgan, and Tom Taylor YMCAs. 

What time does Owen Beach open? 
Owen Beach opens 30 minutes before sunrise, estimated at 6:21 am on August 25.

Can kids participate? 

Is there a bathroom? 
Yes, there are new restrooms at Owen Beach. 

How do I get connected to a group? 
Talk to the Health and Well-being Director at the center you frequent. 

Who can I ask additional questions? 
Please reach out to Kate Hardeman.