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Clean off those bunny ears and running shoes and get ready for the 2023 Hippity Hop 5K! This year's race is on April 8, 2023 and will include a 5K run/walk, Easter Egg Hunt, children's activities, and you-know-who...THE EASTER BUNNY! The 7th annual event will take place again at Potter Park Zoo. All registered participants get same-day FREE entry into the zoo!! The 5K run/walk will start and finish near the entrance of the zoo and will go along the scenic Lansing River Trail. Your children can enjoy activities with our friends from Impression 5 , Capital Area District Library, and Home Depot - Okemos! All proceeds go to youth and families in Ingham County. The Child Benefit Fund has been assisting at-risk families in Ingham County for over 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. Make sure to register ahead of time, as registration will close on April 7, 2023, and WE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY RACE DAY REGISTRATIONS!
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 and finisher's medal. The race will have an open start time from 11:00 AM until 11:15 AM for convenience. If you are looking for a more competitive race, please be at the start line at 10:55 AM. Otherwise, you can start the race at your leisure. The entire course is paved, so it is stroller friendly. UPDATE (4/7/23): We have an alternative route all ready to go! See you Saturday.
Virtual Option: Can't join us in person? We are also offering a VIRTUAL option. Run or walk with us from anywhere, anytime on April 8. We will ship the t-shirts and medals directly to you!
Easter Egg Hunt: We are happy to have the Easter Egg Hunt again for this year's event! All children under 12 will need to register and will receive a bag, t-shirt, and a guaranteed minimum number of eggs from the egg course. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 AM and will be at the Tiger Den Pavilion.
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. The t-shirt order has been placed, but there are limited quantities available. Once they are sold out, there will not be any more available!
Medals: Every participant in the 5K will get a finisher's medal, as well as awards for each age group division winner! Age groups are 7 & under, 8-11, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70-74, and 75+. Please note that awards will only be given to attendees of the in-person event.
Packet Pickup: Packets can be picked up on Friday April 7, 2023 at the Tiger Den pavilion at the Potter Park Zoo from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM, or as early as 8:30 AM the day of the event.
The race will be professionally timed by the Michigan Running Foundation. Results will be live during the race and posted on this website.
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 for the 5k. Kids 5k run walk receives a $20 discount with a $50 donation. Valid until March 31st, 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. 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! Pictured is this year's 2.5 inch medal!
Race t-shirt for all participants! Register by March 30, 2023 to guarantee your t-shirt. Unisex shirts will be the Heather Sport Scarlet color pictured, while the women's and children's size shirts will be red.
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.
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