There’s nothing quite as eye-opening as a splash in the cold waters of the Atlantic in January – and what a way to ring in 2018? Polar plunges are a popular way to celebrate the New Year, believe it or not, and Rhode Island has a number of them.
There’s the annual Prudence Island First Day Walk and Polar Plunge and the lesser known Annawamscutt Seal Society plunge held ever year at Annawamscutt Beach in Barrington, RI since 1984.
Last year we told you about the Newport Polar Bear Plunge. This event is held at Easton’s Beach (First Beach) and has been taking place since 1969. The Newport Polar Bear Plunge is notable because all proceeds from it go towards A Wish Come True, a group that grants wishes for children, ages 3 through 18, with life-threatening illnesses.
Another Rhode Island New Year’s Day plunge whose proceeds go towards a good cause is the Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge.
While the Frozen Clam Dip is a traditional polar plunge into Narragansett Bay. The Obstaplunge adds a half-mile “American Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course before the plunge. The “obsta” in Obstaplunge is short for “obstacles,” get it? Participants can choose to engage in the Frozen Clam Dip or go whole hog and run the Obstaplunge.
All participants will receive a long-sleeve, 2018 Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge t-shirt. You and your spectator friends are then invited to the after party with a DJ and some food trucks. Happy New Year!
Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge 2018
January 1, 2017
Check-In begins at 11am
Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge at Noon
1095 Ives Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Participants can register online for the Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge. All participants will need to sign a waiver at the event. Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent/guardian present to sign their waiver.
Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge Lodging
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