Bunny Hop goes Saturday in Charlottetown

Published on March 22, 2016

Runners, from left, Claire de Jong, Kim Horrelt, Anne Gairns, Cole Brioux and Heather MacAulay are preparing for Saturday's Bunny Hop in Charlottetown.

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Sponsores Dairy Queen, Source for Sports, offer fast, flat track, free ice cream, free souvenir running shirts

It’s a sure sign of spring.

One of the oldest and most popular road races on the Prince Edward Island running calendar is set to go this Saturday.

The Bunny Hop, sponsored annually by the Dairy Queen and Source for Sports, features a fast, flat track, free ice cream and free souvenir running shirts for the first 175 registrants will be staged by Triathlon P.E.I.

The five- and 10-kilometre races start at 9 a.m., and the 300-metre kiddie hop (for those 10 and under) goes at 8:40.

Registration for runners, or anyone wishing to volunteer, is online at https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8557/bunny-hop-easter-race, or before the race, at the Dairy Queen, starting at 7:30 a.m.

The first “official” Bunny Hop was held by the P.E.I. RoadRunners, who still sanction the event, in 1978 with 32 runners, and the record number of entrants was on a beautiful spring morning in 2013 when 305 people laced up the sneakers for either the five- or 10-kilometre events.