Run to recognize rabbits

City responding to continuing issue with humor, new event


May 10, 2023

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A homeless rabbit lounges in grass at 13th Avenue in Sweet Home last year.

When Kelcey Young became Sweet Home's city manager last year, she had to acquaint herself with many facets of her new job and home.

One quirky problem the former Clearlake, California, finance director likely wasn't expecting: rabbits, rabbits everywhere.

As Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lagea Mull said, "Lebanon has their turkeys and Sweet Home has rabbits, if you haven't noticed."

However, instead of avoiding the issue, Young chose in part to lean into it creatively, brewing an event called the Rabbit Run, which encourages participants to dress as the notoriously cu...

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