Race offers football fun with stadium finish and tailgate party

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Patriots fan, a Falcons supporter or a proud backer of one of the other 30 NFL teams that didn’t make it to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The eighth annual Super Sunday Run on Feb. 5 welcomes football fans of all shapes, sizes and affiliations to start off the big day at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.

Wear your favorite team’s jersey and bring a football to toss around.

The race, which features a 10k and a 5k, focuses on family and football with jersey-style race shirts, Super Bowl ring-inspired awards for top finishers, a finish on the football field at Hornet Stadium, a post-race tailgate party with free food and beer and two kid’s races held in the spirit of fitness and fun.

Participants have the option to run without the kids by utilizing the complimentary childcare services provided by Nanny Brigade, a team of experienced childcare professionals that will care for children on-site during the race, courtesy of California Family Fitness.

The 10k begins at 9 a.m. just outside of Hornet Stadium and crosses the Guy West Bridge into Campus Commons before returning over the bridge to campus. The 5k, which starts at 9:30 a.m., goes through the Sacramento State campus.

More than 2,500 runners are expected.

The Super Sunday Run kicks off the 2017 Buzz Oates Run SAC Series, a yearlong competition for area runners of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit http://runsacseries.com/.

Organized by the Sacramento Running Association, the event is presented by California Family Fitness. The race helps support Sacramento State Athletics.
The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Future Stars 1k and Pee-Wee 40-Yard Dash is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

All race distances finish on the field inside Hornet Stadium.

Participants can register at www.runsupersunday.org. The 5k and 10k cost $40 and the untimed 5k option is $35 until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2. The registration fees increase by $5 on Feb. 3.

The Future Stars 1k and Pee-Wee 40-Yard Dash are free for children 6 and under.

Besides free food and beer, the post-race tailgate party includes music, football-themed yard games and a bounce house for the kids.

“The Super Sunday Run is everything a runner could want in a road race – flat and fast courses for the 5k and 10k, marching bands lining the route, a finish at the goal line in Hornet Stadium that’s second-to-none in Sacramento, and a finish festival tailgate with food and drink to help you start game day off right,” said race director Eli Asch.

“And with our untimed 5k division, both a 40-yard dash and 1k distance kids’ races, and professional childcare from Nanny Brigade for kids who aren’t ready to race – yet! – the Super Sunday Run is ready for you and your whole family.”

The New England native added, “I hope everyone runs fast, so I can get home in time for kick-off.”

The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding new ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

Other SRA events include the Credit Union SACTOWN Run on April 2, the Gold Rush 50k on May 14, the inaugural Gold Country Half on June 11, the Capital Cross Challenge on October 7, the Run the Parkway on November 4 and the 35th annual California International Marathon on December 3.