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Bunny Trail event planned for Saturday at Penn State Fayette

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:54 a.m.

The Third Annual Miracle Bunny Trail 5K Run and Walk will be held on Saturday at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

The Miracle League of Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands Champions invites everyone to be a part of the fundraiser.

The organization provides the opportunity for individuals ages 3 and up with special needs to play baseball. The annual Bunny Trail 5K brings in contributions for upkeep and repairs to the Miracle League Field. Hundreds of volunteers and participants reportedly make race day a success each year.

The event is very family oriented, organizers noted.

The Kid's Hop is a half-mile run/walk for ages 2-11, designed to encourage children to get out and participate in physical activity with their parents. It is a fun way to add exercise to their day, organizers said.

The half mile will be around a parking lot behind the cafeteria at the campus. Every child is a winner; each will receive a certificate. There will be an activity center available for all children who participate in the race and for anyone in need of child care during the adult race. ABC Schoolhouse will have many activities for the kids to enjoy, including an Easter egg hunt, face-painting, Easter crafts, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

“This race is a good opportunity for individuals and families in the community to come out and support our league and help in what we are trying to do,” said Joshua Scully, a volunteer with the organization and member of its board of directors. “We are thankful for the support we have had. It demonstrates the importance of our cause, a cause that most people can relate to.

“When it comes to individuals with special needs, we all agree that we would like to see them get every opportunity they can. This event is a chance for people to come out and help us help them.”

Theme baskets and raffles are part of the fundraiser.

An ongoing project at the Bailey Park field is the plan to build a concession stand, which will serve several needs. Another important maintenance detail is keeping all pavement clear and level — the pathways to the park need to be flat and smooth to reduce the risk of accidents.

“Our first two races, in 2012 and 2013, were very successful,” said Jessilyn Holp, MLPLH Champions board chairwoman. “We hope the Miracle Bunny Trail 5K will continue as an annual event.”

Participants can register online at www.miracle5k.org. Cost is $18 for adults; $16 for seniors (60+); $16 for students; and $10 for Kid's Hop. Pre-race packet pickup and registration will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the campus cafeteria. Registration on race day begins 7 a.m. in the cafeteria.

At 9:15 a.m., a Mini-Kid's Hop (run or walk) will take place. The 5K run begins at 10 a.m. The non-competitive walk begins at 10:01 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners in each of the following age categories: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-59, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. Walking is not timed. The event is held rain or shine.

Tentatively, the first game of the season will be played at the Miracle League field on April 27. More information is available at www.mlplh.org.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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