When the Bunny Hop 5k rolls around, the people of East Greenwich know that spring has truly sprung. Birds flutter overhead, icicles melt, and tulip bulbs can be seen popping up. People chatter with voices full of excitement and shorts-clad legs finally bask in the sun of spring.
Now entering its fifth year, the Bunny Hop is now an East Greenwich springtime staple. Peter Dion, the director of EGTC, created this great running event to kindle a flame in the residents of EG and create a passion for running, from the senior citizens who come to watch the youngsters run (or to run themselves!) down to kindergarteners who are merely on the go, searching for candy. He also created the race to help raise funds for the high school’s track and cross country seasons, who go to multiple out-of-state races and invitationals throughout the year. Coach Dion uses this fun run to recruit elementary and middle school children for the East Greenwich Track Club’s summer track series.
Held in Goddard Park, the spring event includes a mile race for kids ages 5-14, as well as a more serious 5k walk/race for anyone who wishes to participate. The USATF certified courses are open to anyone, and prizes up to one hundred dollars are guaranteed for the winner of either gender, for either race!
For the young ones who can’t be bothered to go faster than at a crawl, there are plenty of activities available. These include an Easter Egg hunt, which kicks off at 9:30 am, as well as plenty of ‘bunnies’ to take pictures with. Look for the friendly, furry faces and grab a photo-op or two!
East Greenwich expects a big turnout his year, so sign up here for a reduced price (and a free! t-shirt) or pay right at the 9:00 am start in on April 8th. Kick off your spring at this great community event, lace your shoes up, and run!
Written by Ana Caliri