Registration Still Open to Run, Walk, Splash, Plunge into 2020

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December 20, 2019, Bethany Beach, DE – The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) have partnered 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.  Run, walk, splash and plunge into 2020 in what has been dubbed a beach triathlon: Run, Party, Plunge!  Ring in the New Year with these fun, family-friendly events which 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 bow WOW WOW! 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 am and the 5k starts at 10 am. Both races are time chipped by Races2Run with the 10k finishers receiving medals. The bone-ified, barktastic event features overall and age group awards, plus a 5k walk/run with your leashed-dog division. Runners will enjoy a post-race party at Mango’s, on the Boardwalk and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach with chili provided by local restaurants.

Online registration for the run closes Sunday, December 29th at noon. Onsite registration at packet pick up from 12 Noon – 3 pm at Mango’s on Tuesday, December 31st. Sweatshirts are available for purchase. Limited quantity of Wristbands for family/friends available for purchase at packet pickup. 5K and 10K awards will be given to: 1st place overall male, 1st place overall female, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place overall dog & owner (5k only), 1st Master male & female (over 40), 1st Grand Master male & female (over 60), 1st, 2nd, 3rd place age group male, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place age group female.

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. Brrrr-ave the chilly water at this fun and family-friendly plunge at noon and 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.

Additional volunteers are needed to make these events extra-special.  Residents and guests are encouraged to participate. No experience is needed and all interests are welcome.  Students who need service hours are encouraged!  Sign up online: qrcf.org/volunteer or call 410-707-3333.

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

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

In order to protect both our staff and the public, we are regrettably closing the Visitor Information Center until April 12th, we are planning to re-open to the public at 9:00 AM on Monday April 13th.

Chamber members are encouraged to make appointments to meet with the Chamber Staff. 

All State Parks are free until April 30, and annual passes are available to be purchased online here.