Fenwick Freeze cancelled, but shirts are still available

Date Published: 
January 5, 2018

It’s a New Year’s tradition to dive into the ocean, but it was a bit too chilly this Jan. 1 for Fenwick Islanders. The 2018 Fenwick Freeze was canceled.

“The Town decided to cancel it. They felt it was too much of a liability in case somebody got hurt,” said organizer Becca McWilliams.

“I know — it’s called the ‘Fenwick Freeze’ for a reason,” McWilliams joked.

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation still hosted their New Year’s 5K run and Exercise Like the Eskimos ocean plunge in Bethany Beach. Kicking off a weeklong cold snap in the area in which the daytime temperatures typically only reached the mid-20s — Fahrenheit.

While the event itself got frozen out, long-sleeved event T-shirts from the 2018 Fenwick Freeze are still available, for $20, with sales benefitting the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol and its competition fund. The shirts are charcoal gray with a teal mermaid design. Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt should contact Fenwick Island Town Hall.

Organizers are not likely to reschedule this year’s event, McWilliams said.