The 2nd annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K will take place on Jan. 1 in downtown Bethany Beach.
“This is a charity event for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation,” explained Race Director Rick Hundley, who has also served on the board of directors for the QRCF and as its president. “QRCF came to me and asked me if I was interested in creating an event that could help raise charitable dollars, and I said, ‘Sure.’”
In its first year, the event sold out and raised approximately $17,000, which returns to the community in the form of grants for local organizations and scholarships for the area’s youth.
Hundley said, “100 percent of the proceeds the QRCF raises goes directly back to the local community. We’ve given out almost a half a million dollars in grants and scholarships since 2001.”
The run is open to all ages, and a total of 750 people are allowed to participate. Race day packet pick-up and registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the 10K race beginning at 9:30 a.m.
As for why the event is called “Hair of the Dog,” Hundley said that the run is the best alternative to combating the previous evening’s festivities.
“You can make what you want of that, but it’s New Year’s Day,” said Hundley with a laugh. “It was my intention to reference ‘hair of the dog’ as a way to go out the next morning and, rather than have another drink, ‘hair of the dog,’ have a run. If you do have a hangover, nothing cures it better than a 5K or 10K run.”
The fun and festive 5K and 10K run starts on Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach and ends at the bandstand on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. This is a time-chipped race through Piranha Sports. The event has unique features, including overall and age-group awards, and a 5K walk/run-with-your-leashed-dog division.
Those who participate in the 10K will begin running at 9:30 a.m. and make a loop around town, returning to the beginning to kick off the start of the 5K run.
“After the last 10Ker goes through the two-mile mark, we line up the 5Kers and we start then.”
A post-race party will be held at Mango’s on the boardwalk and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach and is open to all participants, with additional tickets available for purchase for guests of runners.
Hundley said, “3rd Wave Brewery will be providing the complimentary beer, and we’ll also have a fair amount of food up there for the runners and a breakfast afterward.”
He emphasized that those who wish to participate in the run should register as soon as possible, as QRCF expects the event to be sold out again in 2013. Registration costs $30 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K, per participant.
“I encourage people to preregister, because there is a really good possibility that there will be no day-of registration.”
He added that those who wish to make a day of it in downtown Bethany Beach may also register to participate in the Leo Bradley Exercise Like the Eskimos ocean plunge at noon, with a discounted price for the plunge if they are registered by Dec. 27.
“We have a lot of people who are not only signing up for the 5K or the 10K, but they’re signing up for the plunge.”
Hundley said that the Hair of the Dog is an excellent way to spend the first day of the New Year and that he hopes the community will attend to show their support to QRCF.
“It’s New Year’s Day. There are a lot of people in town. I’ll see homeowners who have a second home here. A lot of them will come down and take advantage and use their house during that week. We get a fair amount of locals who sign up .We get large families. It’s Bethany beach in January… there’s not a lot to do, so we get a lot of participation. It’s great.”
To get involved with the Hair of the Dog Run as a participant, sponsor or volunteer, or for more information, visit HairOfTheDogRun.com, or call 302-537-QRCF (7723) or visit QRCF.org.