The Super Bowl is a traditional unofficial American holiday. The first Sunday of February, the National Football League Championship game is played. As anyone knows, it is a huge event. The game itself is played at approximately 6pm eastern time, but the television coverage begins around Noon. Even people who aren’t necessarily interested in football will watch for the commercials and the half-time show.

Super Bowl parties in homes, bars and restaurants can run all day and into the evening, much to the detriment of folks who have to go to work Monday morning!

For those that prefer four-legged athletes, also on Super Bowl day are the increasingly popular Puppy Bowl, Dog Bowl & Kitten Bowl. There is something for everyone on Super Bowl Sunday!

For the last couple of years, Five Star NTP has added a new tradition to Super Bowl Sunday, the Super Sunday 5k. The 5k is held at Veterans Park in Dawsonville, starting and ending on the football field. The entire event has a festive Super Bowl theme, from the course to the giveaways. Participants received commemorative football jerseys instead of t-shirts and (really nice) football-themed awards (given in the very deep categories that sets Five Star apart from other race companies.) The race finishes on the field with each runner given the opportunity to run into the end zone and spike the football. Fun stuff!

Attaching a 5k to the Super Bowl is not as common as other American holidays such as July 4th or Thanksgiving, but it’s a great way to kick off this “unofficial” holiday. It’s a fun way to work off some pre-party food & beverage calories. There is even time to get to Sunday morning church services.

If you have an opportunity to participate in a Super Bowl 5k, I highly encourage you to do so. Maybe see you in the end zone next year!

Happy Running!