2006-12-28 / About Town

Penguin plunge rings in the New Year

At noon, Monday, Jan. 1, regardless of the weather, hundreds of scantily clad people of all sizes and ages will whoop, holler and howl as they run full-steam ahead into the chilly waters at Mackerel Cove.

This event has happened annually for the last 30 years. It’s called the Penguin Plunge and the event is one of the biggest fund-raisers for Special Olympics Rhode Island.

In recent years, the event has grossed an average of $85,000, which goes toward a program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation.

In addition to the hundreds who go into the water, about 2,500 hundred souls — with their clothes on — line the beach to watch the crazy goings-on.

Join in the fun either in the water or out.

To register as a plunger to benefit Special Olympics visit the Web site at www.specialolympicsri.org or call 823-7411.

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