Pensacola prides itself in its foot races, with the hosting of the Double Bridge Run, McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K, the recent Jubilee Run, Walk or Drag with Color and several others.
The University of West Florida holds two races every year: the Ghost Chase 5K in the fall semester and the Bunny Dash 5K in spring.
Runners will head to the Multipurpose Fields for the Bunny Dash 5K on the morning of March 30. They will be trekking through 3.1 miles of the cross country trails at the Edward Ball Nature Trail.
Light refreshments will be provided. Bunny costumes are encouraged.
“For Halloween, people dress up way more, of course,” said Jennifer Hernandez, the supervisor for Fitness and Wellness at the Health, Leisure and Sports Facility. “For Bunny Dash, people wear bunny ears or they paint their faces.”
The Bunny Dash 5K is open to the public. Registration can be completed online at www.uwf.edu/recreation/FitnessWellness/bunnydash1.cfm or in person at the front desk downstairs in the HLS Facility. Students can register at no cost for the race with a valid Nautilus card. Faculty, staff and community members will be charged a $15 registration fee until March 23, but after March 23, the fee will increase to $20.
The race is limited to 150 runners. Hernandez said that more runners come from the community than the university.
“It’s a mix, but there are actually more community members, a lot of older alumni,” Hernandez said. “They bring their kids or grandchildren. Out of 150, there’s probably 70 that are actual students.”
James Barnett, a sophomore pre-professional biology major, will participate again this year.
“When a lot of people show up to races, it makes it enjoyable,” Barnett said in an email interview. “5K races are something I always look forward to because it gives me a chance to meet new people who share the love for running.”
Barnett placed first with a time of 19 minutes and 16 seconds in the men’s division last spring.
The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. and is hosted by Recreation and Sports Services at the university. For more information about the Bunny Dash 5K, contact Beth Godwin at email@example.com.