Race to serve as part of USATF Pacific Association Grand Prix Championships 

The ninth annual Super Sunday Run on Feb. 4 offers Sacramento a chance to start the football fun with a guilt-free run.

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 a team of experienced childcare professionals that will care for children on-site during the race, courtesy of California Family Fitness.

Runners also have the option to run both the 10k and 5k as part of the new championship ring challenge. Registrants will receive VIP service on race day and all registered challenge finishers will receive a special finisher’s ring. The championship ring challenge is limited to the first 300 registrants.

The 10k begins at 9:30 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 8:30 a.m., goes through the Sacramento State campus.

The 2018 version of the 10k will be a part of the USATF Pacific Association Grand Prix Championship and is the first event on the championship schedule. Nearly $3,000 in prize money will be distributed to the top Pacific Association finishers in both the individual and team competitions.

The Pacific Association’s Road Racing Grand Prix is comprised of an annual series of road racing events in two categories: a short series for events 10k and shorter, and a long series for events 12k to the marathon distance. For more information, visit www.pausatf.org/road-racing/annual-road-racing-grand-prix-schedule/.

The Super Sunday Run also kicks off the 2018 Buzz Oates Run SAC Series, a yearlong competition for area runners of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.runsacraceseries.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 8:00 a.m.

All race distances finish on the field inside Hornet Stadium.

Participants can register at www.runsupersunday.org. The 5k and 10k cost $45 and the untimed 5k option is $40 until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2. The registration fees jump up to $49 and $45, respectively, on Feb. 3.

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

“The California Family Fitness Super Sunday Run is quickly becoming a landmark Sacramento Super Bowl Sunday tradition,” said Scott Abbott, executive director of the Sacramento Running Association. “Born out of the Turkey Trot event model, the Super Sunday Run is not just a foot race, it is a great community event to bring people together in a healthy, active and fun way to start a great de facto American holiday.

“The event features accessible run distances for all ages and abilities, as well as a fun festival atmosphere built around football, food, family and fitness … The California Family Fitness Super Sunday Run is the best way for Sacramento to kick off its Super Bowl Sunday.”

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

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 8, the Gold Country Half on June 10, the Capital Cross Challenge on September 29, the Run the Parkway on November 4 and the 36th annual California International Marathon on December 2.