NEWPORT, RI – This Saturday morning, Save The Bay kicks off registration for its 40th Annual Save The Bay Swim with “The Splash,” a ¼-mile challenge obstacle course and cold water plunge at Easton’s Beach in Newport. The $30 registration for The Splash comes with a coveted spot in the 2016 Save The Bay Swim, celebrating “The Big 4-0” this year and a commemorative medal. After The Splash, heaters and hot cocoa can be found at the Exploration Center and Aquarium just up the beach in the Rotunda, where registered “splashers” enjoy free admission and discounted seal tour tickets for later in the day. A “virtual” component of the event allows those who wish to support the effort without jumping into the water to earn The Splash medal simply by registering as a “virtual splasher.”
WHO: Save The Bay, along with Ryan McGowan of Laid-back Fitness who is creating the obstacle course, and an as-yet unknown number of adventurous individuals who love Narragansett Bay enough to do a ¼-mile obstacle course and cold water plunge in February New England to help raise funds for Save The Bay’s work protecting and improving Narragansett Bay
WHAT: ¼-mile challenge obstacle course and cold water plunge to kick off registration for the 40th Save The Bay Swim and to raise money for Save The Bay’s work protecting and improving Narragansett Bay. Obstacle course, designed by Ryan McGowan of Laid-back Fitness, will include a balance obstacle, climbing walls, hurdles, a Ninja challenge and a mystery obstacle from BoldrDash. The first 200 people to register for The Splash will receive a medal.
WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Easton’s Beach, Memorial Boulevard, Newport, R.I.
WHY: The Save The Bay Swim celebrates tremendous progress in cleaning up Narragansett Bay since the first official swim in 1977 and the organization’s founding in 1970. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of Save The Bay’s iconic, cross-Bay Swim, and we are very excited about drawing attention to it with another activity that celebrates the Bay during a time of year when most people aren’t focused on beach and water activities,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “The Splash is also a reminder that summer will be here before we know it, as will our 40th Annual Save The Bay Swim on August 13. The Swim fills up quickly, and this is a chance to get a spot early for this milestone of 40 years crossing the Bay,” Stone said.
About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through advocacy, education, and restoration efforts. It envisions a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.