For the sixth straight year, local residents can ring in the New Year with the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, and for the 21st year in a row, they can follow it up with the Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
The downtown Bethany Beach-based event is set to get underway on Sunday, Jan. 1, with the race starting off at Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue, and ending at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.
Hundreds of runners from all age groups and experience levels are expected, to compete on the family friendly and “festive” course.
The first 350 runners to complete the race will receive official finishing medals to go along with both overall and age group awards.
The post-race party will be held at Mango’s on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, with the race living up to its name and offering free Shock Top and Michelob Ultra beer, as well as family-friendly refreshments such as fruit, muffins and items from the grill.
DJ Padraig will be on site to provide the music, with age groups awards being given out for first place overall male, first place overall female, first place overall male and female for the Master’s Division, and first through third place awards for age groups from 15-19 all the way through the 70 plus division.
In addition to the “Hair of the Dog,” racers are even encouraged to bring their dog to run along side and ring in the new year with them. The age group awards will include a 5K category for first through third place overall dog and owner.
After breaking a sweat with the race starting at 8:45 a.m., and awards presentation at 11 a.m., participants can then cool off with the Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos Plunge scheduled for 12 p.m. right from the Bethany Beach Bandstand.
Pre-registration fees for the 5K were set at $35, $45 for the 10K, and $50 for both the 5K and 10K.
All proceeds from the event will go towards benefitting the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) — an organization formed in 2001 by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce that “manages and distributes funds to qualified organizations serving our local community.”
Race day registration and packet picket are scheduled for 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the heated tent on the Bethany Beach Bandstand, right before the National Anthem begin at 8:35 a.m.
For more information on the event, or to register online, visit www.qrfc.org or call the QRCF at 302-537-7723.