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On Easter Sabbath, Boulder Adventist Church kicked off a new tradition for church members and the people of Boulder, taking advantage of its proximity to Mount Sanitas. The first Mount Sanitas Family Easter Hike took place on Sabbath, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.
The church promised that children under 12 who reached the summit by 6:00 p.m. would be rewarded with a chocolate bunny. After the deadline passed, bunnies went to hikers of all ages. “People were really happy with the bunnies,” says Becky De Oliveira, who handed them out at the summit. Each bunny included a tag explaining the link between the Adventist Church and Mount Sanitas. The Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium (after which the mountain is named) built the original Sanitas trail in 1902 and encouraged patients to hike as a way to improve their health. The tags also noted the location of the church and invited people to attend services.
Boulder Adventist Church handed out about forty chocolate bunnies. It plans to make this an annual event.
[Text and photo by Becky De Oliveira; photo shows four-year-old Heather Jensen at the summit of Mount Sanitas with two chocolate bunnies--one for her and one for her baby brother]