Bunny Palooza 5K/10K set for March 26 in Bethany Beach

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the fifth annual Bunny Palooza! 5K/10K run/walk will take place on Saturday, March 26, the Saturday morning before Easter. The Bunny Palooza home base is at the Bethany Beach bandstand, and races will start on Parkwood Avenue and South Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach and will end on the boardwalk.

The races will be chip-timed by Races2Run and NoVa, featuring real time results posted on large-screen monitors. Bunny Palooza will award winners in the following categories: overall, masters and age group awards, and there will be a post-race party at Mango’s, with Shock Top and Michelob Ultra provided by NKS Distributors, and music by D.J. Bump.

The 10K finishers (limited to 300) will receive finisher medals. Runners who register by March 11 are guaranteed a technical shirt. Registration for the Bunny Palooza 10K run costs $40, while registration for the 5K run/walk costs $30.

Online registration is open until March 23. Race packets may be picked up at Mango’s on March 25, from noon to 4 p.m.; on-site day of registration will be available if the race has not sold out, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Registration for Bunny Palooza as a participant can be done at Bunnypaloozarun.com

“We are so excited to jumpstart the spring race season with this popular race for a great cause — the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, also known as QRCF. This race is sure to sell out for the fifth year in a row, so I hope everyone registers early.” said QRCF President and Race Chair Brigit Taylor.

On race day, the public is being invited to “Palooza!Plaza,” featuring family-friendly entertainment on the boardwalk before and during the race. Palooza!Plaza features music by D.J. Bump, face-painting and other surprises.

“Bunny Palooza offers something for everyone. For runners and their families, visitors and residents, the festival-like atmosphere is sure to be entertaining.” said Taylor.

Proceeds from the Bunny Palooza 5K & 10K Run benefit the groups, clubs and organizations that are served by the QRCF.

“Events such as Bunny Palooza, our Hair of the Dog Run and Caribbean Christmas help us fund two $8,000 scholarships annually to local students, and both major and minor grants to area non-profits. We are grateful for the extraordinary community support that helps us to do good work in the Quiet Resorts.” said Taylor. “We have awarded more than $550,000 in our 14-year history.”

“The QRCF is also excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for our annual college scholarship program — an opportunity for an area senior to receive an $8,000 four-year scholarship commitment to help a worthy student get ahead in college, and a $1,000 arts scholarship to a local junior or graduating senior.” said Taylor.

For more information or to apply online, local students can visit www.qrcf.org. The deadline for this year’s scholarships is April 6.

Bunny Palooza! Is currently seeking sponsors and volunteers; for more information, call (302) 537-QRCF (7723) or visit Bunnypaloozarun.com.

The QRCF offered thanks to sponsors including: Burnzy’s Bar & Grill, Bethany Beach Books, Mango’s, Scott & Shuman, Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team, Steve Alexander, NKS Distributors, Tidepool Toys, Coastal Point, Carl Freeman Foundation, Harris Teeter, ResortQuest, McDonald’s Bethany Beach, Giant, D.J. Bump, DiFebos, Mio Fratello, Cottage Café, Bethany Blues, The Jetty Café, Sedona, Northeast Seafood Kitchen, Hooked Up, Mind Body & Sole, Allison Stine, Pepsi, Run & Tri Rehoboth and Rusty Rudder. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.