OCEAN CITY, Md.— The 27th Annual Penguin Swim remains poised for the plunge.
The Atlantic General Hospital fundraiser is set to “wash away 2020” at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day 2021, on the beach of Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel.
“Get ready to dunk your penguin tail in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to support our community’s Healthcare Heroes!” the website reads.
Organizers acknowledged the event’s details are tentative and subject to change in an already unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic. Swimmers “voluntarily assume all risks” related to coronavirus exposure, according to the event site.
Participants take to the 45-degree water at the 26th Annual Atlantic General Hospital Penguin Swim in Ocean City, Maryland, on Jan. 1, 2020. (Photo: Kelly Powers)
Registration is $25 per participant, online or in-person, ending by New Year’s Day at 12:30 p.m. Advanced online registration is recommended.
Face coverings will be required for everyone in attendance, whether or not they’re taking the plunge. Posted instructions and verbal direction from volunteers will seek to ensure physical distancing throughout the event.
The event typically draws hundreds of penguins to the beach — but organizers know this year will be different.
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There will also be a “Cyber Swim” contribution as well, where those quarantining or avoiding exposure can register online, take an “ice-cold dip wherever you are” and post publicly a photo or video using #OCPenguinSwim.
“Individual and Team fundraising efforts by Penguin Swim participants enable Atlantic General to continue to provide that care, but they can’t do it alone!” the site reads. “Business sponsors help make the event a great success as the Penguin Swim is one of our largest fundraisers in support of Atlantic General Hospital’s mission.”
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