Hair of the Dog run, Eskimos plunge set for New Year’s Day

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) are partnering to host a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2020: the 9th Annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K Run and the 24th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.

Participants can run, walk, splash and plunge into 2020 in what has been dubbed “a beach triathlon” — “Run, Party, Plunge!” The family-friendly events support local charities and students. Proceeds benefit local non-profits by providing grants and scholarships. This year’s grant beneficiary is the Delaware Center for Inland Bays.

Presented by the Bethany Boathouse and the Cottage Café, the Hair of the Dog starts on Parkwood and Atlantic Avenues in downtown Bethany Beach and ends at the bandstand on the boardwalk. The 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10 a.m. Both races are time-chipped by Races2Run, with the 10K finishers receiving medals.

The event features overall and age group awards, plus a 5K walk/run with leashed-dog division. Runners can enjoy a post-race party at Mango’s on the boardwalk and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach, with chili provided by local restaurants.

The fun continues after crossing the finish line with the 24th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos, presented by the Cottage Café and Bethany Boathouse. Participants will brave the chilly water at the family-friendly plunge at noon and can warm up post-plunge at the Cottage Café with DJ Bump.

The post-plunge celebration kicks off with an awards ceremony recognizing the largest team, the best costume/theme, and the team that raises the most pledges for the Captain William Murray Scholarship. The scholarship honors Bill Murray, an active community member who was integral in starting the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with strong academics and an equally strong passion for community service.

All participants who register by Dec. 8 are guaranteed an event tech shirt.

Local businesses are being encouraged to be part of the fun. Sponsorship are available. Presenting sponsors are Cottage Café and Bethany Boathouse; other sponsors to date include the Coastal Point, Keller Williams, Coastal Tented Events and ResortQuest.

Volunteers are needed. Residents and guests are being encouraged to participate. No experience is needed, and people of all interests are welcome. Students who need service hours are encouraged! Sign up online: qrcf.org/volunteers.

For more information and to register, visit hairofthedogrun.com. To learn about upcoming events in the Quiet Resorts, visit thequietresorts.com.

Sponsorships and portions of the registration fees may be tax-deductible.