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Spread some Easter cheer with a St. Patrick’s Day run

In 1977, Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., the duo who produced the holiday classics "Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer" and "The Year Without a Santa Claus," created "The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town" that was aired on TV.

During one scene, the Easter Bunny is trying to get rid of green eggs and strikes it big when he hands them out on St. Patrick’s Day.

Lululemon will also combine Easter St. Patrick’s Day when it presents the Hop of the Morning to Ya run in Knoop Park on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m.

The St, Patty’s Day event will be an Easter basket drive for the Christian Center, said Michelle Hathaway, manager of Lululemon Park City Showroom.

"This is the first Hop of the Morning to Ya run and we wanted to create a fun event for families to be outside to enjoy their Sunday morning," Hathaway said during an interview with The Park Record. "The race will be a light and impromptu jog up to five kilometers and will start as close to 11 as we can. We’re kind of laid back, so it will be whenever we start it, and the entry fee will be whatever members of the community bring to make Easter baskets.

"We heard that the Christian Center was doing an Easter basket drive and decided to do one of our own and link a fun run with St. Patrick’s Day," Hathaway said. "We’re going to do it in Knoop Park, where we know there are some green spaces void of snow."

The goal is to build and donate five baskets.

"We would appreciate anything the community wants to give us," Hathaway said. "And they don’t have to donate a full-on Easter basket. They can donate one or more items like stuffed animals, goodies, bunny ears or whatever they would normally pick up for their families for Easter. We’ll collect the items and piece everything together."

Lululemon will accept Easter grass or empty baskets as well.

"We are also reaching out to local businesses like the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory who will donate a bunch of goods to us," Hathaway said. "We’re not sure what those will be, because chocolate melts. So, they might donate other candies or lollipops to us."

While the run will be the highlight, Lululemon will also hand out some fun things for the younger participants.

"We will have some Easter eggs and other goodies for the kiddies," Hathaway said. "Since this is the first time we’re doing anything like this, it’s very exciting for us to host a fun event that will give something back to the Christian Center."

Hop of the Morning to Ya fits in with the Lululemon mission to create healthy opportunities for the community, Hathaway said.

"We offer something at least once a week and everything we do is complimentary," she explained. "We create that space for people to be healthy and happy and live that life we all know and love in Park City."

Living healthy is important to Hathaway.

"It’s what creates longevity and opens many possibilities for people," she said. "For them to see healthy options is important, because life is very short, so why not live it up."

Hathaway also has some selfish reasons why she enjoys events such as the Hop of the Morning to Ya run.

"I get to work out, which I absolutely love, but more importantly Lululemon creates awesome relationships with people and businesses in the community," she said. "Creating these events have allowed me as well as others the opportunity to collaborate, network and meet new friends.

"We have the coolest people who live here," she said. "I know that our community rocks, and people will show up and support this event. So I have a feeling we may end up making more than five baskets."

Lululemon Park City will host the first Hop of the Morning to Ya run on Sunday, March 17, beginning at 11 a.m. The event is an Easter basket drive for the Christian Center of Park City. Admission is an item for an Easter basket. For more information, call (435) 655-2601.

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