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Hippity-Hop Race


While there's nothing particularly gangsta' about clutching an inflated rubber ball between your knees and riding it like a bucking moon-bull, the hippity-hop has nonetheless solidified its place in the canon of awesome childhood toys--alongside the Skip-It, the Hula Hoop and the pogo stick. On Sunday, June 20, you can show off your rubber ball-riding skills at the second annual Hippity-Hop Race in Julia Davis Park.

The event is divided into three categories: the pro race, a one-mile race to beat the world record of 15 minutes and 3 seconds; the relay race, a one-mile hop broken into four stages; and the kids games. Running from 12:30-3:30 p.m., kids games are free and include a relay race, a three-legged hop, hippity-hop soccer and capture the flag with two teams of three or five hoppers.

One hippity-hop ball is included in the price of the race, but those who prefer to BYOBall can knock $15 off the price of the race. Kids hippity-hops are not included, but there will be extras lying around.

Sunday, June 20, 12:30-3 p.m., kids games, FREE; 2 p.m., relay race, 4 p.m., pro race; $35 includes ball, $20 with own ball; Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.,