Bunny Palooza 5K brings some fast rabbits to Bethany Beach

April 17, 2022

It was a postcard-perfect day in downtown Bethany Beach on Easter Saturday morning for the annual Bunny Palooza 5K and one-mile walk sponsored by Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. The event attracted 443 runners and another 200 walkers.

Mathew Marcini, 45, of York, Pa., was the overall winner in 16:26. Dan Spahr, 44, of Silver Spring, Md., won the male masters title in 18:54.

Kate Loescher, 14, of Stafford, Va., was the women’s winner in 19:04. Paula Pels, 54, of Bethesda, Md., won the female masters race in 22:38.

The top 90 runners ran a sub-eight-minute pace for the 5K, and all 443 finished in under an hour.

Races2Run handled race management and data coordination with Nova timing systems.   

Rabbit pellets - A Bethany Beach race of 600 is heavy on Maryland runners backed up by Pennsylvania and Delaware. Sean Snyder, 26, of Ocean View was the first Delaware runner and third overall in 18:28. Sarah Richards, 37, of Rehoboth Beach was the first Delaware woman and 20th overall in 20:59. Landon Bratz, 9, of Bridgeville was the youngest Delaware runner to win his age group, 9 and under, in 20:56 for 19th overall. Christopher Vodzak, 30, of Greenville, was eighth overall, winning  the 30-39 age group in 19:38. Vince Pavic, 51, of Ocean View won the 50-59 age group in 22:51. Pat Procaccini, 67, of Ocean View won the 60-69 age group in 25:50, and Woody Disharoon, 73, from Laurel won the 70-99 age group in 29:05. These are the female age-group winners with a Delaware address: Paige Degnan, 17, from Wilmington won the 15-19 age group in 22:55; Jess Vodzak, 29, from Greenville won the 20-29 age group in 21:22; Ginnie Todd, 64, from Frankford won the 60-69 age group in 26:41. There were 128 runners under 20 years old in the 5K race including 65 girls and 63 boys. There were a total of  116 runners over 50 years old including 57 females and 59 males. 


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