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Easter tradition continues with Bunny Hop Easter Race

Annual Charlottetown event a spring fixture since 1978

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 10, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – In this city, there’s an Easter tradition that’s almost as much a part of the season as the Bunny himself.
The annual Bunny Hop Easter Race has been taking place in Charlottetown every year since 1978, and will return again this year on Saturday, April 15.
“I think that, like many Island traditions, certain things just stick and last the test of time,” said race director Sheldon Opps. “The race really marks the beginning of the running season – as Easter often falls in March and so marks the beginning of spring.

Participants are shown here during last year’s Bunny Hop Easter Race in Charlottetown. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 15.

Photo courtesy of Sheldon Opps

“We all have new goals and dreams to aspire towards as we turn a new racing season, so the Bunny Hop is well placed, in this sense,” he added.
Opps is the vice-president of Triathlon PEI, which will is organizing this year’s event along with assistance from the PEI Roadrunners Club, and with support from long-standing partner and sponsor Dairy Queen. This year the event has also partnered with The Running Room.
The event will feature a 5K loop, starting and ending beside the Dairy Queen on Summer Street, as well as a 10K option, which will give runners a chance to run the loop a second time. Also included will be a 300m Kid’s Hop.
The Kid’s Hop will take place at 8:40 a.m., with the 5K and 10K runs starting at 9 a.m.
“This is a very inclusive race, as a big focus has been on the Kid’s Hop and encouraging kids to be active and to participate,” he said. “So, not only can kids watch their parents as role models compete in 5K and 10K races, but they can do a 300m run as well.”
This year’s Bunny Hop is also supporting Easter Seals in an effort to help those with disabilities deal with life’s challenges and realize their dreams and goals.
“This is truly a race for everyone,” said Opps.
For more information on the Bunny Hop Easter Race, visit here .