11th Annual Frozen Clam Dip & Obstaplunge kicks off New Year’s Day

The yearly beachside obstacle course & dip into Greenwich Bay benefits MENTOR Rhode Island

By: Tim Studebaker

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Day?  How about kicking off your new year’s fitness resolution by running through an obstacle course on the beach in your bathing suit, followed by a brisk winter plunge into Greenwich Bay?

Ryan McGowan is the owner of Laid-Back Fitness in Warwick, one of the main sponsors and creator of the Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge.

McGowan says, “It’s the world’s only Obstaplunge, which is a half mile obstacle course on the beach at Goddard Park that ends in a dip.”

This Saturday, at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, they’ll run the course for their 11th year.  The event raises money for Mentor Rhode Island, a nonprofit that provides mentoring services for Rhode Island youth.

McGowan says, “My friends and I, who had yearly done plunges typically in Jamestown and Newport, being the true Rhode Islanders that we are, we wanted to find something closer.   We all are from Warwick.  So, we decided to start our own at Goddard Park.”

Since 2011, they’ve raised just under $75,000.  Their goal this year is to add another $10,000.

McGowan says, “Ten grand would be an awesome goal for us this year, and then with the hopes that next year we’ll just kind of get back to more normal and less hesitation to join a public event.”

Participants can do just the obstacle course, just the plunge, or both.  You can also choose to stay in your coat and gloves and watch from the sidelines.

McGowan says, “Nobody ever regrets doing this.  Yes, it is cold.  Yes, it is uncomfortable.  But, it is temporary, and the feeling that you get after doing something like this could really carry you through the whole year.”

To learn more: https://mentorri.org/events/

To buy tickets: https://mentorri.networkforgood.com/events/35933-2022-frozen-clam-dip-obstaplunge

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