The YMCA of Columbia Kicks Off 2016 Race Series with Bunny Hop 5K on March 26, 2016 at the Downtown YMCA

The YMCA of Columbia is kicking off its 2016 Race Series with the annual Bunny Hop 5K on March 26, 2016 at the Downtown YMCA.

Five branches of the YMCA of Columbia host a race every year, from a 5k to a triathlon. The proceeds from each race benefit the YMCA of Columbia’s Annual Campaign, which provides financial assistance to those in our community who need the Y’s life-changing programs and services. The Y’s community support addresses many issues such as school readiness, chronic diseases and youth feeding programs.

“Our Race Series provides a great way for our members and community to stay fit while helping our Annual Campaign,” says Erin Roof, Race Series Director for the YMCA of Columbia. “Our races are very family-oriented and geared toward all fitness levels from kids to walkers to elite runners. We strive to provide the best race experience in our area.”

Registration and more information on each race is available at www.columbiaymca.org/races.

The YMCA of Columbia 2016 Race Series is as follows:

Bunny Hop 5K
March 26, 2016
Downtown YMCA
This 5k will start and end at the Downtown YMCA with a lovely 3.1 mile course through historic Downtown Columbia.

Festival of Roses Road Race 5K, 12K, 17K & Kids Fun Run
April 30, 2016
Orangeburg Fine Arts Center
This 5k, 12k, Double Down (17k) and Kids’ Fun Run goes through the beautiful Edisto Gardens in Orangeburg, S.C.

Run Red Bank 5K, 10K & Kids Fun Run
June 4, 2016
Lexington Family YMCA
Run, jog or walk a 5k or 12k on this new course welcoming to beginners and pros alike.

Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon
July 30, 2016
NorthWest Family YMCA
This triathlon and duathlon includes a 350-yard swim in an indoor pool, a 13-mile bike with challenging hills and nice flats, and a 5k run ending at the Y’s Splash Pad.

Pumpkin Run 5K & Kids Fun Run
October 29, 2016
NorthWest Family YMCA
This 5k run/walk and Kids’ Fun Run is held in memory of Michael “Sully” Sullivan.

Harborside Lights 5K & Kids Fun Run
December 10, 2016
Lake Carolina Town Center
This 5k goes through Lake Carolina neighborhoods as the sun sets along a course lit by beautiful luminaries!

YMCA of Columbia’s 2016 Race Series is made possible by Presenting Sponsor, Palmetto Health; Series Sponsors, The State Newspaper and Kohl’s; and Supporting Sponsors, Verizon, Spinx and McDonald’s.

The Bunny Hop 5K is also sponsored by Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, Crepes and Croissants, Research Physical Therapy Group, State Farm – Terry Brock Agengy, and Spirit Communications.