Super Bowl Sunday has become almost a national holiday for many in the country. The game brings family and friends together and even the least football inclined can’t help but have their attention grabbed by the game, if nothing else for the commercials. Like other holidays throughout the year Super Bowl Sunday is beginning to attract attention from race organizers as well.
When comparing the big game to another holiday, the most obvious choice is Thanksgiving. Friends and family gather together and much of the day is filled with eating, which makes a morning 5K a huge help for anyone who would like to stay in an active rhythm. Two events, one in the city and one in the suburbs, have started the trend of running on the morning of the Super Bowl. The Super Shuffle 5K in Geneva and the Chi-Town Big Game 5K/10K in Chicago will both be taking runners to the streets.
Geneva’s Super Shuffle 5K returns for their fourth annual year starting from Geneva Middle School South. Following the 10am race there will be a “Game Day Party” with food and games for the whole family.
Runners who will be in the city on Sunday can take part in their choice of either a 5K or 10K at the Chi-Town Big Game. Also, since the beloved Bears haven’t needed Soldier Field for a month now this Super Bowl race will start and finish at the stadium. Following the race there will be a party fitting the super title. One Night Band will be playing the event along with a number of other activities for both running and football fans.
For those who may not be able to make it out to one of the Sunday morning races but want to take advantage of the football fever in running, they can register for the Peanut Tillman 5K Run/Walk. Hosted by Universal Sole the 5K will kick off from their Lakeshore East Park location, just blocks from Soldier Field. The running store has partnered with the Pro-Bowl Bears cornerback and the race will be supporting his Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation that supports children and families who are in need. Following the race there will be a party and raffle. Prizes include Bear’s memorabilia and even tickets.
Also, the race recently announced a group competition. The team, group or club that shows up with the most participants for the 5K will win what they are calling the “Tillman Tail Gate Party” for the coming summer or fall. The party will be held at the Lakeshore East store and will feature a menu selected by Tillman to feed the party “tailgate style.”
Like any holiday, the most important thing is to enjoy the company of those around you. However, any opportunity to stay healthy in the process can only make for a better day.