It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be rung in the same way, with the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.
In addition to the annual plunge, in which participants brave the cold temperatures of the Atlantic to celebrate the new year, the days’ festivities — put on by the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation — will start out with the annual Hair of the Dog 5K and 10K oceanfront and boardwalk run.
The race and day’s events will include live music from D.J. Padraig and, as always, will include overall and age group awards and a post-race party at Mango’s on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, with beer and food donated by local restaurants.
To commemorate the race’s fifth year, participants will also receive a free insulated race tumbler provided by Burnzy’s Bar & Grill. As with prior events, racers are also being encouraged to dress up in festive costumes for the event and feel free to run the 5K with a four-legged friend.
Packet pickup for the race will be held at Mango’s on Thursday, Dec. 31, from noon to 4 p.m. Online registration for the event closed on Dec. 29; however, race-day registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the Bethany Beach bandstand, with the 10K kicking off at 8:45 a.m. at Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue. The 5K is set for 10 a.m. at the same location, and “spalshers” are scheduled to gather for the plunge at 11:45 a.m. on the beach, and jump in at noon.
Registration for the 10K cost $45, registration for the 5K costs $35, and the plunge costs $20, though participants signing up for multiple events will be offered discounts. For more information on these events or a full pricing list and schedule, visit www.qrcf.org.
Fenwick ready to freeze for lifeguard fund
Just to the south, the 12th Annual Fenwick Freeze will take place on the Bayard Street beach in Fenwick Island at 10:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, with proceeds to benefit the Fenwick Island Lifeguard National Competition Fund. Day-of registration, for $25, will run from 9 to 10 a.m., with Freeze-ers taking to the cool ocean waters at 10:30 a.m., regardless of shine, snow or sleet. All registrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt.