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 and OAR (Offender Aid and Restoration).
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 springtime 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.com. See our sponsorship page by clicking the button above.
How many folks participate? For our first race in 2018, 582 registered, 595 in 2019. We have set a maximum of 2,000 for 2020.
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 midnight May 25 will be guaranteed, as part of their race registration, an Arlington Bunny Hop cotton Tee.
What about water? Courtesy of our Sponsors, Columbia Gardens Cemetery, and our volunteers, water stations on the route will be availabe in the Cemetery (1.75 miles) and at the Bridges facility (2.9 miles). 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 1st and 2nd place male and female finishers overall and the 1st and 2nd place male and female finishers in multiple age groups. Medals will also be awarded to three finishers with the best costumes.
What's going on Post-Race? We'll have live music from our Praise 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. You may start with your pace group, but please be careful of other runners.
May I run with a stroller? Yes. Baby strollers and baby joggers will be allowed to race with your pace group, but please be careful of other runners.
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? The race has been postponed until June 13. We are hoping that you will be able to join us on June 13 for the Hop and a fun block party as well as an opportunity to support our Arlington charities. If you can't participate on June 13 and would like a refund, we will make an exception to our policy and refund your registration. Please email us by the race date, and we will take care to process your request as soon as possible (ArlingtonBunnyHop@gmail.com). However, we would like you to generously consider letting the Hop donate your registration fee to the charities we support. We continue to be grateful for your kind support in working with us to make Arlington a better place for all!
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 bag drop? Yes, inside the church on race day.
What about parking? Some parking will be available on our church parking lot at 7th Street and Irving Street. On-steet parking is available 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.