Geneva’s Super Bowl Shuffle is a must for Super Bowl Sunday. It is the perfect way to start the festivities for the big day of football. This 5k race is in its ninth year, and the Geneva Park District takes great pride in making this a well-organized and fun event for all levels and all ages of runners.
Traci Wicks, Director of Marketing for the Geneva Park District, stated they were “excited to provide an opportunity to burn calories before the Super Bowl fun.”
The race staff is one of the many reasons to run this race, and despite weather conditions, the race brings in about 400-600 runners annually. The 10 a.m. start time is the perfect time in the morning for a winter race.
The 5k course starts at Geneva Middle School and is a giant loop on a paved running path around the property. The course is generally flat with two smaller hills and one spot of a running downhill. Although there were a few slippery spots, the Geneva Park District did an impressive job clearing the majority of the course to make it safe for the runners.
Times were relatively fast for the conditions. The overall winners received a good size plaque, and each age group winner received a gift car. The Overall Race Winner was Pol Nabben of South Elgin with a time of 16: 42, average of a 5:22 pace. Finishing second was Nathan Kennedy of Winfield with a time of 16:54. Top Female Finisher was Paige King of Glen Ellyn with a time of 20:12 and Maggie Spallasso finished second with a time of 20:53. The race was competitive and fast.
In addition to an awesome course, the swag received at the race is definitely worth it! Every year the race gives every runner a nice hooded sweatshirt and a medal for finishing. There is a fun after party indoors at the fitness center where every runner received a hot dog, chips, and drink in honor of the Super Bowl. Local vendors are at the post-race party and there are games for the kids. This is a fun, family event that is definitely worth your time and the perfect start to Super Bowl Sunday!