Hippity Hop 5K

Sat April 3, 2021 Lansing, MI 48912 US Directions
5k, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, FREE entry to Potter Park Zoo - Fun Family event!
Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Lansing, MI US 48912

UPDATE: An email was sent out today to all registered participants, and it is copied here.  See you Saturday!

In-Person Participants:

Health and Safety Precautions: Please abide by all of the Covid precautions, including wearing a mask at all times, maintaining a 6 foot distance from others, and avoid congregating with others.  IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK, INCLUDING FEVER, COUGH, AND/OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  We will mail your race packet to you if you have any Covid symptoms.

Packet Pick-up: There are 2 opportunities for packet pick-up.  The first is on Friday April 2, 2021 at Playmakers in Okemos, Michigan (2299 W. Grand River Road, Okemos, MI 48864) from 3:00 until 7:00 PM.  The second is beginning at 9:00 AM the day of the race at the Tiger's Den pavilion.  Every item you need will be in your race bag, including bib, t-shirt, and medal.  

Starting the Race: The open start time runs from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  No one will be permitted to begin the race before 10:00 AM or after 12:00 PM.  Those that are looking for a more competitive race, please begin your run/walk between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM.  No more than 10 people will be permitted to start at the same time.  

Awards: The race results will be updated on the race website and the Playmakers website as the results come in.  First place in each age group wins an award, both male and female.  Please check back at the Tiger's Den pavilion at 1:00 PM if you place first in your age group to receive your award.  

Race Course: The race course will start and finish at the same point on the Lansing River Trail. The course is an out and back type course, and there will be volunteers, cones, and arrows throughout the course.  Please stay on the right side of the path at all times to allow others to pass.  You are welcome to wear a mask during the race, but this is the only time they are not required (per MDHHS orders).  Please maintain the 6 foot distance from others outside your household.  

Free Zoo Entrance: You MUST be registered in order to get the free zoo entrance.  If you are with someone not registered for the race, standard fees will apply to enter the zoo.  To redeem the free zoo entrance, show the staff member your bib from the race.  

Easter Bunny: We will definitely be getting a visit from the Easter Bunny! There will be someone taking pictures at the event, but they will not always be with the Easter Bunny.  Be sure to have your camera/phone with you to take any pictures with the Easter Bunny you would like.

Virtual Participants:

We will mail out your race materials as soon as we are able to. Complete your run anytime from Friday-Sunday, and make sure you post pictures on the Facebook event page! The Free Zoo Entrance will be sent with the race packet and will be in the form of a voucher.  We appreciate you being part of the event!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Bucci at kbucci@ingham.org with any questions or concerns.  We are looking forward to a great day!

Child Benefit Fund


UPDATE: We have officially reached the capacity limits for the in-person event, and registration has been closed. If you would still like to support Child Benefit Fund, the virtual option will remain open.  


The Hippity Hop 5K is officially back for 2021!  Join us on Saturday April 3rd for an in-person event.  We are lucky to once again be partnering with the Potter Park Zoo for the 5th annual Hippity Hop 5K!  This year's event will be more socially distanced than in year's past, but we look forward to a great day regardless.  The 5K run/walk will start and finish near the entrance of the zoo, while you can enjoy the scenery of the Lansing River Trail. All proceeds go to youth and families in Ingham County. The Child Benefit Fund has been assisting at-risk families in Ingham County for 40 years, providing funding for clothing, sports fees and equipment, emergency needs, extra-curricular activities, and holiday gifts for approximately 250-300 children per year.  

The best part?? Every registered participant gets a FREE ENTRANCE into the Potter Park Zoo on April 3, 2021!!!  Please visit the Potter Park Zoo website regarding the safety guidelines in place at: Safety Information | Potter Park Zoo 

5K Run/Walk: The 5K is chip-timed on a beautiful, scenic, and accurate course along the Lansing River Trail.  All participants will receive a  t-shirt.  The race will have an open start time from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM to allow for a socially distant race.  If you are looking for a more competitive race, please start your race between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM.  Otherwise, you can start the race at your leisure.

Virtual Option: Can't join us in person? We are also offering a VIRTUAL option.  Run or walk with us from anywhere anytime from April 2 through April 4th! We will ship the t-shirts and treat bags for all registered children under 12.  

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we will not be having a traditional Easter Egg Hunt.  However, we will still be getting a visit from the Easter Bunny to meet and greet all participants, as well as a treat bag for each child under 12 that is registered!

Following the CDC guidelines, we require all in-person participants to wear a mask prior to and after the race.  We also require all participants to avoid congregating in large crowds prior to or after the event. Due to the most recent executive orders from 3/19/21, we have limited the event to 300 participants.  We are hoping to have as safe an event as possible! 

Family pricing: Have other friends or family wishing to participate? Register with 3 or more people and receive a discount of $3 per registrant.  

T-shirt: Men's, Women's and kid sizes available.  Make sure to register by March 23, 2021 as T-shirt orders will be placed then.  Not all sizes will be guaranteed after this date. 

Medals: Every participant will get a finisher's medal, as well as awards for each age group division winner!  Age groups are 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.  Please note that awards will only be given to attendees of the in-person event.  There will be a limited number of finisher's medals, so make sure to register by March 23, 2021 to guarantee a medal!

**If the in-person option is not able to happen due to rises in Covid-19 rates, ALL participants will be switched to the virtual option and shirts will be sent in the mail. Thanks for your understanding!  

The race will be professionally timed by the Michigan Running Foundation. Results will be posted during the race and online at Playmakers.com.

Proceeds from this race go to The Child Benefit Fund, a nonprofit organization primarily dedicated to meeting the needs of at-risk youth and families working with the family division of the Ingham County Circuit Court. Funds are used to buy clothing, pay sports fees, camp costs, emergency needs, and holiday gifts for approximately 250-300 children per year.

If you would like to support our cause and get a free entry to the race donate $50. When you register for the race your entry will be free! Simply Sign Up and follow the steps to register and on the donation screen enter $50. ($25 discount applied during checkout. Valid until March 28th, then it's a $25 discount off the entry fee) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k race entry fee. Please note that this promotion is only valid for individual registrations and cannot be used for group pricing.

** Please note you must first register for the event and select your donation during registration. If you donate first the discount will not be taken off your registration cost. 

Thank you for your support!


1st Place in each age group will receive a medal and a gift card to a local business!  Also, all registered participants will receive a finishers medal! 

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Race Flyer
Photos with the Easter Bunny!

2021 Shirt!

We are again offering Women's size shirts.  Women's shirts are 100% preshrunk cotton, semi-fitted contoured silhouette.  They tend to run slightly small, order accordingly. 


This race is endorsed by The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and part of the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. The challenge encourages Michiganders to engage with events that promote physical activity, health and wellness. You will receive a FIT point for every endorsed event you participate in or volunteer for from January 1st until December 31st. Points earn cool swag! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.


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