Start the New Year off right — with a quick run and dip

Date Published: 
Dec. 29, 20179

Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Those who are looking for a way to start the New Year off with a bang, and possibly wash away 2017, may want to consider a cleansing dip in the Atlantic on Jan. 1.

The Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos will celebrate its 23rd year in Bethany Beach on Jan. 1, 2018, giving people of all ages the opportunity to dive into the frigid ocean.

Those interested in taking the plunge may register the day-of, at the bandstand in downtown Bethany Beach from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. All participants must sign a waiver and will receive a wrist band indicating their participation. The cost to register for the plunge is $20 per person.

Eskimos will gather on the beach by Garfield at 11:45 a.m. for a noon plunge into the ocean — rain or shine.

Prizes will be awarded for the best team attire/theme, as well as the “Whale of a Team” award, given to the largest registered team. The “bathing suits-only” event will end with a post-plunge party and award ceremony at Cottage Café from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

The funds raised by the event support the Captain William O. Murray Scholarship, part of the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, given to a student who exhibits a strong commitment to civic and community service.

According to the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, “Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $2,000 per year for four years. The scholarship is based on a combination of financial need, academics, school involvement and community service.”

That same morning, the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K race will also take place in downtown Bethany. The land-based rain-or-shine event costs $35 for the 5K, $45 for the 10K, or $70 to do the 5K, 10K and the plunge.

Those who wish to participate may register at the bandstand between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. At 8:35 a.m., there will be a mandatory pre-race meeting at the starting line. The 10K will kick off promptly at 8:45, with the 5K beginning at 10 a.m. A post-race party will be held at Mango’s from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female overall in both races and in age groups, at 11 a.m.

For more information on the events, visit http://business.bethany-fenwick.org/events/details/annual-hair-of-the-do....