Bastyr Splash and Dash 2016

Students, staff and faculty run into Lake Washington for Splash N' Dash 2016

On their first day back to campus, and a day after a sprinkling of snow, about two dozen brave Bastyr souls plunged into the chilly waters of Lake Washington to celebrate the start of a new year and new academic quarter

The 18th annual “Splash and Dash” took place on the first Monday of the new year. Meeting at the Bastyr University’s iconic pillars, students, faculty, staff and even new Bastyr University President Charles “Mac” Powell, PhD, took the short jog down a wooded trail in Saint Edward State Park, held a brief welcome ceremony to acknowledge the new year and the great things to come, then jumped in with reckless abandon - the only way to prepare for the shockingly cold but exhilarating water.

Rebecca Love Steward, DVM, a faculty member in the Department of Basic Sciences, once again oversaw the tradition, which began as a bold dare between three avid Bastyr runners nearly two decades ago.

After the dip, the soaked swimmers hugged, high-fived and dried off before warming up on the hike back up the hills to the Bastyr University campus, where warm beverages awaited them.

Experience the event in this first person POV video!