Community ready to Exercise Like the Eskimos for new year

As many as 300 shivering, spirited souls will participate in the 24th annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge, braving the cold Atlantic waters on New Year’s Day while raising money for scholarships.

Sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, the plunge will follow the annual Hair of the Dog 5K-10K Run on Jan. 1. The run is Wednesday morning, then plungers will head for the breaking waves at noon before enjoying a post-plunge party at the Cottage Café.

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There will also be on-site registration and the opportunity to pick up information packets on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from noon to 3 p.m., and on New Year’s Day from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Mango’s at 97 Garfield Parkway. Those who register in advance will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt.

“I think people like the plunge because it’s a nice way to get out into the community, especially during the shoulder season,” said Connor Lineberry, event manager at the Chamber of Commerce.

“People are looking forward to coming down to the beach for the first time in 2020. Most people run into the ocean, then run right back out,” he said.

Although Lineberry hasn’t participated, his father did, and later told his son that, after getting wet, he headed straight for the heated tent at the event.

“We get a lot of people from this area and from around Delaware. They get dressed up in costumes. We’ll see things like Santa and his elves costumes. They come in outfits, then they get into their bathing suits to go into the water.

“We have the plunge no matter what, unless the weather is so bad it would make it unsafe,” Lineberry said.

Money raised will benefit the Capt. William O. Murray scholarship fund, presented to students who “exhibit strong commitment to civil and community service.”

Each scholarship recipient receives $2,000 per year for four years, Lineberry said.


By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter