Running to Help Others
The 7th Arlington Bunny Hop will be on April 13, 2024!
Registration will open on February 14, Valentine's Day
The Arlington Bunny Hop 5K is a fun, family oriented, charity 5K race and fun run/walk that raises money for local charities. The race features medals for children and winners in many different categories. There is a block party afterwards with activities geared toward "kids of all ages." There are many serious runners as well. The race is managed by volunteers, and all proceeds go to a local charity (see below). Here's a VIDEO and PICTURES of our 2023 race.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving Street, Arlington, VA 22201
Who: Competitive runners, fitness/frequent runners, joggers/recreational runners and walkers/strollers.
Children's Activities: 5K finisher medals will be given to children crossing the finish line. A Bounce House will be available after the race.
Costumes: Costumes are welcome and encouraged for this fun, family event. Medals will be awarded to three finishers with the best costumes.
Cutoff date for guaranteed t-shirt sizes is 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 24 (to allow lead time for printing and shipping).
Over the past six years, the Bunny Hop has raised over $107,000 for Arlington Charities ($30,000 in 2023). For 2024, our beneficiary will be Bridges to Independence. Bridges works hard to make Arlington a better place for all and to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. We are thrilled to support them. Funds donated through the Bunny Hop are channeled to Bridges' Youth Support Programs at their family shelter near Clarendon and their services center located in Green Valley.
Bridges' Youth Progrms include:
Kids Empowered which leverages partnerships with various community organizations to provide fun and empowering activities such as arts and crafts. The program includes STEM nights and guitar and swimming lessons for youth of all ages.
Bright Bridges is a community mentoring and tutoring program that pairs school-aged youth with adult volunteer mentors who help with homework, reading, and other activities.
Kick Start Kids is a summer program that involves kid's entrepreneurship. Children learn how to run a business as well as create and market their own product. Then, they engage in pop-up sales activities selling crafts at community business locations in order to teach decision making, salesmanship and management.
The Youth Leadership Academy serves high school aged youth to teach confidence and leadership through one-on-one mentoring, seminars, and paid summer internships.