By Terry Rogers
The Milford High School Physical Education Department along with Community in Schools have partnered with the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Community Contract to hold the First Annual Bunny Hop which will include a two-mile, untimed race where participants are doused head-to-toe in color. In addition to the color run, the group is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for children as well. The event is planned for Friday, March 27, 2015 beginning at 4:15 PM at Milford High School, with a raindate of April 2.
“This is less about a ten-minute mile and more about having the time of your life,” said Amanda Frampton, a Physical Education teacher and coordinator of the event. “The Color Hop has only two rules – you wear white at the starting line and you finish plastered in color. This is a fun event the whole family can do that doesn’t involve winners, just healthy activities.” Ms. Frampton said they are still finalizing the event, but hope to have a photo booth, yard activities and possibly a movie shown at the end of the evening on the grass at the school.
The event is not a fundraiser but is designed as one of the school’s “I Heart Breathing” events. Funding for the event was made possible through the Delaware Health Fund which is managed by the American Lung Association. Ms. Frampton said that more than half the participants will be first time two-mile runners and that similar events in the area have brought awareness to lung health as well as the need to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Registration for the event will begin at 3:30pm and there is no need to pre-register. As participants run the two-mile course, dyed cornstarch is tossed on them so that they end the race covered in bright, washable colors. Runners are asked to wear white, but should understand that lighter clothing may be stained during the event. In addition, anyone with sensitive eyes may want to wear glasses or goggles. There is no age limit on who may participate in the race, but the Easter Egg hunt, which is geared toward children that are infants through fifth grade, will be happening at the same time.
The Easter Egg hunt will be on the grass practice field at the high school and children will be divided in three groups – Pre-K and Grade 1; Grades 2 and 3; Grades 4 and 5. Children should bring their own basket or bag to collect the eggs. Ms. Frampton said that this is designed to be a family event, so teams and entire families are encouraged to participate.
“Some people participate as a celebration of their healthy living accomplishments,” Ms. Frampton explained. “Although this is not a fund raiser, we will have a snacks available for purchase as a way offset costs for future events. Water will also be provided and we plan to have some promotional giveways. There will also be a DJ playing music on site during the event.”
According to the American Lung Association, lung diseases is the number three killer in the United States, following heart disease and cancer. However, lung disease is the number one killer of babies under the age of one and more than 35 million Americans live with lung disease. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the most common lung diseases and can lead to substantial health problems as well as work disability.