Bunny Palooza 10K/5K set for April 4 in Bethany Beach

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the fourth annual Bunny Palooza! will be held on Saturday, April 4, starting at 8:30 a.m., with the 10K run kicking off at 8:30 and the 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m., both at Parkwood Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach, ending on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.

The runs will be chip-timed events by Races2Run and Nova, featuring real-time results posted on large-screen monitors. Bunny Palooza! features winners named in overall, runner-up, masters and age-group awards, and a post-race party at Mango’s, on the boardwalk and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach, with beer provided by 3rd Wave Brewing Company and music by D.J. Bump.

Finishers in the 10K will receive finisher medals. Runners who register by March 17 are guaranteed a technical shirt. Registration for the Bunny Palooza! 10K Run costs $40, while registration for the Bunny Palooza! 5K costs $30.

Online registration is open until April 1. Race packets may be picked up at Mango’s on April 3, from noon to 4 p.m.; on-site registration will be available if the race has not sold out. Registration for Bunny Palooza! as a participant can be done at Bunnypaloozarun.com.

“We are so excited to jump start the spring race season with this popular race for a great cause — the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, or QRCF! This race is sure to sell out again this year, so I hope everyone registers early,” said Race Chair Brigit Taylor.

On race day, the public is also being invited to Palooza!Plaza, featuring family-friendly entertainment on the boardwalk before and during the race. Palooza!Plaza features 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 Bunny Palooza! 5K and 10K run benefit the individuals, 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 QRCF President Steve Alexander.

“We have awarded more than $550,000 in our 14-year history. In fact, thus far in 2015, we have already granted $5,000 each to this past year’s major beneficiaries: South Coastal, Frankford, and Selbyville libraries, along with $1,000 to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.”

“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 Alexander.

For more information, local students can find more information or apply online at www.qrcf.org. The deadline for this year’s scholarships is April 8.

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

The QRCF thanked its our sponsors to date: Bethany Beach Books, Mango’s, Scott & Shuman, Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team, Steve Alexander, Evergreene Homes, Third Wave Brewing Company, Tidepool Toys, Coastal Point, Carl Freeman Foundation, Red Sapphire Consulting, Brandywine Senior Living, Tidewater Physical Therapy, ResortQuest, McDonalds Bethany Beach, Giant, D.J. Bump, DiFebo’s, Mio Fratello, Cottage Café, Bethany Blues, The Jetty Café, Sedona, Phillips Crab House, Bluecoast, Mind Body & Sole, Allison Stine, Pepsi, UPS Store, and Rehoboth Beach Sports.

Sponsorships for the event offer promotional opportunities for businesses and provide funds for QRCF grants and scholarships. Sponsorships are fully tax-deductible; a few opportunities are still available. Sponsorship and portions of the registration fees may be tax-deductible.