Another year has gone by, and another incredible Bunny Run is on the books. On Saturday, approximately 500 individuals were registered to run the 2016 ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run, some even visiting from cities outside of Austin.  The Dash saw some speedy runners this year -- congratulations to Phil Sneller, best overall male runner, with a total time of 16:50.43 at a pace of 5:26/M and Jordan Bucher, best overall female runner with a time of 20:25.40 at a pace of 6:35/M. If you were a participant in the ASH Dash and would like to access your race time, click here. 2016 was year of change for the ASH Dash. The Volunteer Services Council and the Austin State Hospital Community Relations department decided to extend an invitation to individuals from the Austin community to be a part of the Bunny Run leadership. The VSC's mission is to enhance the lives of the patients of the Austin State Hospital. By establishing successful committees made up of passionate Austinites, that goal could be better achieved! Thank you committee chairs for taking the lead for mental health.

Erin Gebrecht - Race Chair

Beth Dawson - Sponsorship

Nate Ezell - Awards

Cynthia Hall - Promotions

Cheryl Speaker - Logistics

Shawn Thomas - Race Day Chair

Rebekah Falkner - Registration

Jason Mendiola - Food & Beverage

If you are interested in joining our committee for the 2017 ASH Dash, please contact

The VSC would also like to extend a 'Thank you' to Bill Newcomb, who's photographed the ASH Dash for last five years. As an ASH staff member who works in the Peer Support Department, Bill captures the joy and excitement of race day through a unique and talented lens. Thank you Bill!  View race-day photos here.

Once again, the VSC would like to recognize the Bunny Run's sponsors. Their generous support truly impacts the patients of Austin State Hospital:

Baker Botts L.L.P. - Lead sponsor

NAMI Austin


Austin Oaks Hospital

Hawkeye Partners

Howler Bros.

Mike's Print Shop


Neil & Kyra Alexander. John & Johnsie Bryan. Bill Newcomb. Susan Gelber. Joe & Amy Geraci. Paul Labuda. Jason Mendiola. Ace & Dianna Pickens. Jim & Kimberley Taylor. The Traves Family - Paul, Nora, Jessi & Ryan

Lastly, the VSC would like to extend an enthusiastic 'Thank you' to everyone else who made the VSC's biggest fundraiser of the year happen -- participants, volunteers, and ASH staff. When we band together to take a stand for mental health, good things happen for the patients of the Austin State Hospital and the greater mental health community of Texas!