Westerville Bunny Hop 5K
Hosted by Westerville Parks Foundation
The Westerville Parks Foundation is excited to present the 8th annual Bunny Hop 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, April 20! The Bunny Hop 5K is a family-friendly event for runners and walkers of all ages. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the race followed by a 100-meter childrens’ dash at 9:30 a.m.
The course will begin at the Sports Complex and run through scenic trails at Heritage Park. Participants will take home a finishers’ medal, t-shirt, a chocolate treat and more. There will also be a photo opportunity with the Bunny to capture the fun. After the race, runners, walkers and spectators are encouraged to take part in the Spring Eggstravaganza happening in the park. Festivites include egg hunts and a kidz zone.
Funds raised from the Bunny Hop 5K support the Westerville Parks Foundation to further help maintain Westerville’s parks, enhance the community through the arts and ensure that all residents can participate in recreation programming regardless of their ability to pay.
In 2017, the Westerville Parks Foundation and Westerville Parks and Recreation Department brought together two signature events in one location to better serve the community – the Bunny Hop and Spring Eggstravaganza. Bringing together more than 500 racers each year, the Parks Foundation’s Bunny Hop 5k has become a community tradition and a premier spring event in support of what makes Westerville a beautiful, thriving city. The 5k is a family-friendly event for both the runner and walker consisting of a 5k race for all ages and a 100-meter Kids’ Dash for ages 7 and under.
More than 2000 attendees will enjoy the annual Spring Eggstravaganza which offers youth ages 10 and under a chance to find that special golden egg among more than 6000 scattered across age appropriate sections of the Sports Complex. Adding to the fun is the Kidz Zone which includes music, inflatables, carnival games, an obstacle course, petting zoo and more.
Celebrate Spring with us!
The Westerville Parks Foundation was established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. The Foundation works cooperatively with the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department to secure philanthropic support to create and sustain parks, trails, public spaces and programs for future generations. Through fundraising and your generous donations, Westerville’s “City within a Park” vision can become a reality. The Westerville Parks Foundation has provided more than $375,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department to enhance four key areas of the parks system: Trail Enhancements, Public Art, Park Improvements and Scholarships.
The Parks Foundation is committed to the enhancement and beautification of Westerville’s Bike and Walkway (B&W) trail system. The Foundation has funded rest nodes, memorial benches, landscaping and trail head kiosks and signs along the 30-mile recreational trail system to create a more enjoyable and safe experience for path users.
The Foundation strongly believes public art enhances the aesthetic of a community, engages residents in creative ways and instills a sense of civic pride in the community. Over the past decade, the Foundation has funded multiple art pieces including the “Family Outing” bicycle sculpture outside the Westerville Community Center, “The Chase” soccer sculpture at the Sports Complex and even a mosaic at the Bark Park.
When people talk about Westerville, they rave about our parks. It is no surprise that the Foundation is dedicated to supporting the city’s parkland.
Westerville Parks and Recreation serves more than 850,000 people annually, but all too often families encounter financial barriers to participating in health, wellness and recreational programming. The foundation is a strong advocate that everyone should have access to programs and facilities regardless of financial standing. The Scholarship Fund was started to grant scholarships to assist families and residents of all ages in need, enabling them to purchase a Community Center pass, attend an event or even join a sports league.
April 20 7:00 AM EDT - Event Day Check-in/Registration Begins
April 20 8:10 AM EDT - Opening Ceremony
April 20 8:15 AM EDT - Event Day Check-in/Registration Ends
April 20 8:20 AM EDT - Event Formation Begins
April 20 8:30 AM EDT - 5K Run/Walk Begins
April 20 9:20 AM EDT - Kids Dash Formation Begins
April 20 9:30 AM EDT - Kids Dash Begins