Bunny Palooza 5K/10K run/walk set for April 11

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) this week announced that the seventh annual Bunny Palooza will take place on Saturday, April 11, the Saturday morning before Easter Sunday, presented by Mango’s.

Bunny Palooza offers three options in which to participate: a 10K run, 5K run/walk or a combination 10K and 5K run/walk. Registration for the 10K run costs $35; Bunny Palooza 5K Run $30 and the combination is $40 if one registers online before Wednesday, April 8, at noon. Onsite registration prices will increase, and later registration will only be possible if the race has not sold out.

The event will be a chip-timed event by NOVA, featuring real-time results posted on large screen monitors. Bunny Palooza offers recognition for winners — overall, masters, grand masters and age group medals, as well as for special top finishers — and features a post-race party at Mango’s on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, with beer provided by NKS distributors.

The first 200 10K finishers will receive finisher medals. All runners who register by March 23 are guaranteed a commemorative race shirt. Race packets may be picked up at Mango’s on Friday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m.; on-site registration will be available on Saturday, April 11, at 6:45 a.m. if the race has not sold out. Register for Bunny Palooza at Bunnypaloozarun.com.

The races begin on Parkwood Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach and will end on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and 10K at 9 a.m.

All proceeds benefit the QRCF’s scholarship and grant programs.

“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 Doug Purcell, race director. “We have awarded more than $670,000 in our 18-year history.”

“We are so excited to jump start the spring race season with this popular race for a great cause — the QRCF’s scholarship and grant programs!” said Purcell. “We were recently named one of the top races in Delaware by BestofDelaware.com, so check us out to see what all the hype is about! The course itself is great — fast and flat — with on-course music and other surprises. This race is sure to sell out again this year, so I hope everyone registers early.”

“For runners and their families, visitors and residents Bunny Palooza offers something for everyone,” said Purcell.

“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,” added Purcell.

For more information, local students can find more information or apply online at www.qrcf.org. The deadline to apply is April 15.

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

The QRCF thanked sponsors Mango’s, Scott & Shuman P.A., Bethany Beaches Books, Keller Williams Realty, Tidepool Games and Toys, ResortQuest, NKS Distributors and Pepsi Bottling Ventures. Sponsorships for the event offer promotional opportunities for businesses and provide funds for QRCF grants and scholarships. Sponsorships are fully tax-deductible; and a few opportunities are still available.