An enthusiastic, cold water-fearless group of swimmers ages five to 90 will race into the ocean for the 50th annual Venice Penguin Swim to jumpstart the new year.

The Penguin swimmers will take off at the Venice Beach Breakwater near Windward Avenue in Venice at noon Friday, January 1st.

The group of thrill seeking individuals ranges from master’s swimmers to amateur waders, an event spokesperson notes.

A Penguin King and Queen will be chosen from the participants as well as a Penguin Prince and Princess who will qualify by winning the competitive race.

Last year’s event was held with calm seas and mild temperatures and included 80 participants.

Parking is available in the beach parking lot at the end of Venice Boulevard for a fee of $5.

Event sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. January 1st. A special commemorative 50th anniversary T-shirt will be available for purchase for $10.

For information, Mary McGuirk, event coordinator, at (310) 821-8136.