FAQs

What's the race's mission?  The race's mission is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a fun, healthy Spring activity together, and to raise support for local charities:  Bridges to Independence.

What can you expect?  Participants -- young and old, human and canine -- meander through the Ashton Heights neighborhoods. Some racers wear the popular race T-shirt while others wear spring time costumes.

Where does the money go?  Clarendon United Methodist Church will donate all net proceeds from the event to local beneficiaries. If you or your business is interested in supporting or sponsoring the Bunny Hop, please contact our Race Director, Denny Edelbrock, (703) 517-2740, or email us at ArlingtonBunnyHop@gmail.comSee our sponsorship page by clicking the button above.

How many folks participate?  Since this is our first race, we are hopeful of a minimum of 300 participants.  We have set a maximum of 1,500.

Is it OK to run through a cemetery?  Yes, Columbia Gardens is a generous partner of the race and assures us that cemeteries are about celebrating life and lives. 

I can't run, but I really want to participate in this great event. What can I do?  You can be a volunteer! Our great volunteers play key roles in making the Bunny Hop successful. If you can volunteer, please see our Volunteer page!

What should I wear?  Your Bunny Hop T-shirt, of course! Get it at Packet Pick-up. Check the weather to see if you should wear a long-sleeve shirt under it. That's what most folks do. Then again, some wear costumes.

Costumes:  Medals will be awarded to three finishers with the best costumes.

Is there SWAG?  You betcha! All Runners registered by April 1st will be guaranteed as part of their race registration, an Arlington Bunny Hop cotton Tee.

What about water?  Courtesy of one of our Sponsors, Columbia Gardens Cemetery, a water station is on the route (approximately 2 1/4 mile point) for your thirsty convenience! You also can get water and snacks at the end of the race at the church.

How fast are the runners?  This is a Bunny Hop, not a chicken race! You can do it!  To avoid congestion, the start will be divided into groups including competitive runners, fitness/frequent runners, joggers/recreational runners and walkers/strollers/dogs.

How about medals?  The medal ceremony will be held following the race, near the Start Line on Irving Street, to recognize the top male and female finishers overall and the top male and female finishers in multiple age groups.  Medals will also be awarded to three finishers with the best costumes.  Sorry, no stroller medals.

What's going on Post-Race?  We'll have live music from our Praize Band to keep you entertained!  During the Awards Ceremony, there will be raffle drawings, and we've got some great prizes to give away!  You must be present to win!

May my dog come? Sure!  If you dog is well-behaved, on a leash and good around a LOT of people, you are more than welcome to bring him or her.  Don't forget the little baggies.  Please start near the back of the race.

May I  run with a stroller?  Yes.  Baby strollers and baby joggers will be allowed to race from the back of the pack.

What about bathrooms?  Thanks to one of our sponsors, fresh portable restrooms will be located in the parking lot behind the church between Ivy and Irving Streets.

What is your refund policy?  Unfortunately, there are no refunds for this event.  We also do not accept transfers or deferments for this event.  Remember, all proceeds go to Arlington charities.

May I pick up a packet for friends or family?  Yes, you may pick up a packet for soneone else.  Please make sure they are aware that you will be picking up their packet.

Is there a baggage drop?  No.

What about parking?  Some parking will be available on our church parking lot at 7th Street and Irving Street.  On-steet parking is avilaable in the neighborhood. 

Is the course safe?  The Arlington County Police Department works closely with the race team to ensure safety.  Police and volunteers guide runners/walkers and divert automobile traffic from the route.  Medical personnel are on call (911) for trearment if necessary.