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Bunny Hop run raises funds for deaf kids (9 photos)

Marathon took place at Heritage Park in Barrie on Sunday afternoon

Despite the sleet and snow, runners persevered through the terrible weather on Sunday afternoon to run for a good cause.

The fourth annual Bunny Hop marathon saw people of all ages lacing up their shoes at Heritage Park for both the five-kilometre and one-kilometre races to raise money for Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka's children’s programs for deaf and hard of hearing kids.

“We thought, being it April, the weather would turn out well,” said Sari Russell, executive director and organizer of the run, with a laugh.

Russell said that about 140 people registered for the run, with more expected to sign up the day of the event.

“We’re hoping to raise about $5,000. It is a lofty goal – we’re a small community. That would allow us to sustain our programs for the next year,” said Russell.

“We do a lot with a little,” she added.

Russell said that roughly three out of every 1,000 kids are born with early hearing loss.

“It’s a lot more... than people expect,” she said.

For more information on Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka, click here.


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