The Easter season has finally arrived. The gray skies are bright blue now and the sun hangs in the sky a bit longer every day. The time has come for Austinites to leave our indoor hibernations and get back into the world. If you are still looking for a reason or way to start dropping those winter pounds, the Austin State Hospital Dash 5k Easter Bunny Run is this Saturday at 8 am. It is a fun three-mile run (or walk – Spring just sprung, after all) to raise awareness of and money for people living with mental illnesses.
The race will take place at the Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe. This is smack-dab in the middle of Hyde Park, which is one of Austin’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Trust me; I live ’round them parts. The race is between 45th and 35th Street and Lamar and Guadalupe. The course winds through the heavily-shaded hospital grounds.
Both adults and children are welcome to participate in a post-race Easter egg hunt. The Easter bunny himself is planning to make an appearance. You are also welcomed to explore the historic hospital building that has been a part of Austin, Texas since 1857, making it the third oldest public building in Texas. With its vaulted ceilings and tall pillars, the hospital is hauntingly beautiful.
You can park between Lamar and Guadalupe on 45th street. Don’t wait too long to apply, though, because a lot of people are expected to show up. The race is capped at 750 people. Participation costs only twenty dollars if you register before Saturday. It will cost you five bucks more if you register that day – if registration isn’t capped by then.
Interested in the Bunny Run and Egg Hunt? Click HERE to register!
Austinot Dusty asks:
What are your Easter Weekend plans?
(Photos are property of ATMTX, Ed Yourdon and Megan Ann, respectively.)