A late Easter this year meant that there was a better chance of a nice, spring holiday weekend in 2019. There was a bit of a chill in the air and definitely a lot of wind, but the Bunny Rock 5k kicked off a beautiful weekend for almost 800 runners on Saturday.
Worlds seemed to collide at the event which was heavy on the Easter theme with fuzzy bunny ears and white sunglasses as additional race swag (along with, of course, an egg hunt for the kids after the race ended). But, at the same time, classic rock music filled the air of the start/finish area which, combined with the sunshine, made for a jubilant setting.
The race itself was made a little more difficult with the wind gusts coming out of the north – a direct headwind for the first mile – but knowing that it would soon be at our back made things a little more comforting. It may not have been too encouraging looking at your watch at mile one and being 45 seconds slower than normal, but a minute plus drop in pace for the second mile was a pretty good confidence boost before the final part of the race. Even the lead biker only made it about half a mile before the wind gusts made it too hard for her to stay upright.
Giant finisher medals and Peeps awaited the runners at the finish line. I didn’t eat my Peeps as I need to let them harden up for a couple days before consuming (the best way to eat them), but it was still just as exciting to get them at the finish as it was when I was little and discovered them wherever the Easter Bunny hid them. The Easter Bunny even hung out at the finish line giving out high fives to runners.
All in all, it was a beautiful way to kick off the Easter weekend. There are many races at Montrose Harbor, most of them utilizing the same course and layout, so creating a race there that sets itself apart from the others is important. The Bunny Rock 5k was able to create a fun, family friendly event for the spring.