GENEVA – Geneva Park District’s annual Hustle S’more 5K will return Sept. 26, but its format will change to accommodate social distancing rules, officials said.
“The Geneva Park District is excited to continue to be innovative and to offer this fun-filled event during a pandemic,” Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor Joey Kalwat stated in an email.
“As always, safety is our top priority. Our staff is prepared with all the safety guidelines and protocols that are in place and we have made necessarily modifications to ensure everyone’s safety,” Kalwat’s email stated.
In 2019, the district had 60 children participate in the newly added Kids Mile for ages 3 to 12, and 227 ran in the 5K, which totaled 287 participants, district spokeswoman Traci Wicks stated in an email.
“We’re hoping to have 150 runners for the event this year, and staff is planning for up to 200,” Wicks said.
Start times will be in waves for a maximum of 50 people so everyone can socially distance at the starting line, she said.
“The 5K course is a one-way course and does not overlap. In addition, people will finish in a different location, so there will not be a lot of congestion at the start or finish,” Wicks said.
“It is a great way to get the entire family outside to stay active and have fun together, while enjoying something that may be different from their normal routine,” Kalwat said. “Plus, physical activity and exercise [are] extremely important for everyone’s overall health and wellness, especially now.”
Proceeds raised from the event support the Geneva Park District scholarship fund, which provides recreational opportunities to community members in need.
The race starts at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva, and is all-terrain and not recommended for strollers. Those who choose to run with a child in a stroller will be asked to be in the back.
Also, dogs are permitted to come with your family to cheer, but they are not allowed to run in the race.
The Hustle S’more 5K and Kids Mile check-in time is 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
The Kids Mile race starts at 4:15 p.m., and the first wave of the 5K race starts at 5 p.m.
The registration fee before Sept. 15 is $35 and includes a shirt and participant bag; registration after Sept. 15 is $40, and shirts will be received two weeks after the race.
The 5K race-only option is $20 and does not include a shirt.
The Kids Mile registration is $15 before Sept. 15, and includes a shirt and participant award. After Sept. 15, the cost is $20, and the shirt will be received two weeks after the race.
Registration is available online at www.genevaparks.org.
The course maps for the Kids Mile and the 5K and packet pickup authorization forms will be updated to the website soon.