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Penguin Plunge 2019
February 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pmPledge
Take the plunge! Support Special Olympics NH.
- 9:00am: Costume parade registration (sign up at the top of the casino ballroom stairs)
- 11:15am: Staging for the costume parade will begin
- 11:30am: Costume parade takes place in the Casino Ballroom
- 12:00pm: PLUNGE!
- 12:30pm: Post Plunge Party at the Casino Ballroom
Plungers can arrive at Hampton Beach any time after 9am. We recommend that Plungers arrive by 10am if you have not already checked-in or by 11am if you have already checked-in at one of our remote check-in sites.
There are several metered parking lots available along the beach (meters aren’t active during the winter). There are also several parking lots along the side streets, as well as behind the Casino. If you need to check in, head to the Ashworth by the Sea Hotel. If you’ve already checked-in, go directly to the Casino Ballroom.
Plungers and their guests (all must have wristbands) relax at the Casino Ballroom before the Plunge. There is music and breakfast items available to enjoy. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. At 11:30 the Costume Parade will take place in the Casino Ballroom.
After the Costume Parade, Plungers head to the changing trailers located on the boardwalk. Each Plunger will be assigned to a wave (which limits the number of people taking the Plunge at one time) and trailer. Men and women have separate changing areas. We recommend that Plungers do not leave valuables in the changing areas.
Each wave will be called. When a wave is called, those Plungers move from the Casino Ballroom to a staging area on the beach where the countdown begins. You should bring only items that you will take with you into the water into the staging area. When the timer hits zero, the wave runs down the beach and Plunges into the Atlantic Ocean!
As you exit the water, you will be handed a towel and directed back to the changing trailer. After putting on dry clothes, you can walk across the street to the Casino Ballroom where lunch will be waiting.
After all waves have Plunged, there will be an award ceremony in the Casino Ballroom. The festivities will end in time for you to make it home to watch the game.
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