ARLINGTON BUNNY HOP 5K
Bunny Hop June 12, 2021: The results are in. The 2021 Hybrid Arlington Bunny Hop was a huge success--pictures HERE. In spite of COVID restrictions which forced a change to the “hybrid race” format, the Bunny Hop raised more for charities than each of the previous three years. Over four years, the Bunny Hop has raised a total of $57,132.68 for Arlington Charities. This year, grants have been made to:
- Bridges to Independence - $16,000. Bridges to Independence will use this grant to continue and expand their Youth Development Program, which provides tutoring, soft skills training, and mentoring. Specifically, the Arlington Bunny Hop will support an exciting new initiative called Bright Bridges, which is modeled after Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and will provide individualized mentoring and tutoring to youth. The intent of the initiative is to assist youth in school performance, in social settings, with self-worth, and with healthy bonds in the community. With Bridges’ expansion into Green Valley, the new initiative will be piloted with youth in Green Valley, as well as those in Bridges’ housing and shelter programs.
- Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) - $4,000. OAR will use this grant to support all of their programs. OAR is confronting and dismantling racism in the legal and other societal systems. They support individuals of all genders returning to the community from incarceration and their families in the homecoming process. OAR also offers alternative sentencing options through community service to youth and adults to avoid the trauma of incarceration and instead remain a part of helping the community thrive.
Next Bunny Hop April 23, 2022: We anticipate next year’s race being a live road race in the Ashton Heights neighborhood like 2018 and 2019 and like our sister race, the Arlington Turkey Trot. We plan on having a virtual element as well. While organizationally separate and with unrelated church sponsors, the Turkey Trot and Bunny Hop share a kindred spirit and neighborhood and work closely together in support of Arlington charities.
This Year’s Summary: The 2021 race, with its live and virtual components, was held from England to Alaska and in at least 10 states (see map below). 340 registered, 102 for the virtual race and 238 for the “live” race on the W&OD trail in Bluemont Park. 173 completed the live race. You can see the results for both races at https://potomac.enmotive.com/results (select “Bluemont Park - 2021 Arlington Bunny Hop 5K”).
We are exceedingly grateful that you registered and completed the race for our local charities. This achievement would not have been possible without your extended efforts and willingness to try an old event in a new way! We appreciate your steadfast and ongoing efforts to take care of our “neighbors.”
Our 2021 Race T-Shirt
Thanks for your ongoing support as we unite together to make our community stronger!
The race's mission is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a fun, healthy, spring weather activity together and to raise support for local Arlington charities. The race is an Outreach mission of the Clarendon United Methodist Church. To date, the Hop has contributed $37,132.68 to our beneficiaries: Bridges to Independence and OAR (Offender Aid and Resortation). Proceeds come from registration fees, donations, and sponsors. Additionally, several businesses have provided support in the form of donated services and loaned equipment.