Frozen Bun Run, a tradition for New Year’s Day, was canceled

Those who want to dive into 2022 by dipping into the cold Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta river waters off Bethel Island will not find the traditional Frozen Bun Run, which has been canceled, but officials hope to bring it back in 2023 .

Dannille Peeler from Rusty Koøje, where the annual water skiing event has been held annually for decades, announced the cancellation on Friday on the Bethel Island restaurant / bar’s Facebook page.

Ben Metner, 9, from Sonoma, flies through the air during his run during Frozen Bun Run at Rusty Koøje on Bethel Island January 1, 2018. (Photo by Dan Rosenstrauch)

“With the restrictions on who can enter or whether the mask mandate is left, there is no way we could try to control an event of that size,” Peeler wrote. “I know everyone has an opinion on the matter, and we have one too, but stay with us on this and know that we plan to get back on track for the year 2022.”

“It has been difficult for everyone,” she added.

Recent years have seen hundreds of skiers and swimmers from across the Bay Area, along with viewers, come out to the shoreline to enjoy the 40-year-old New Year’s Day tradition.

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