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The Special Events team at Morale, Welfare and Recreation has created the Leprechaun Leap, a new way to test the mettle of personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

“We’re issuing a Battle of the Commands challenge,” said Dave Cardinale, MWR marketing and sponsorship director. “We’re calling on all the commands, [program offices] and organizations around the installation to put together a team and take a plunge into the Patuxent River.”

The inaugural leap is scheduled for March 15, and the gang at MWR is hoping it will become an annual Pax River event.

“We’d like to see teams come out dressed in crazy costumes, matching hats, coordinated colors or any other way they want to identify themselves,” Cardinale said. “We encourage people to get creative.”

Beginning at 9 a.m. at the West Basin Marina, the leap is open to anyone with base access. The largest participating team wins a free Beach House rental, subject to availability, for a holiday party, special event, summer cookout, etc.

It’ll be safety first, as usual, with two certified lifeguards on shore and members from NAS Pax River’s Air Operations Search and Rescue on the water in a boat, should anyone need assistance.

“I’ve seen the water in the West Basin ice over a few times this year, which is a little unusual,” said David Wick, supervising port operations manager. “It’s salt water, so it’s got to be pretty cold for it to freeze. They can probably expect the water temperature to be between 37 and 40 degrees on the day of the leap.”

Cost to each participant is $10, and everyone receives an event T-shirt along with MWR giveaways. Pre-register now at the Information, Tickets and Travel Office (ITT), or teams can register the day of the event, beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, call 301-342-3648.

The gauntlet’s been thrown. Do you have the right stuff to take the Leprechaun Leap?