Runners battle snow, ice in Geneva 5K race

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 3:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 9:49 p.m. CDT
(Sean King – For Shaw Media)
More than 600 runners make their way down the start of the course at The Super Shuffle 5K at Geneva Middle School South in Geneva.

GENEVA - Mother Nature threw some challenges at Batavia High School sophomore Megan DalSanto on Sunday as she participated in the Geneva Park District's fourth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K.

"Some hills were hard to get up because of the snow and ice," she said. "The trails were a little slippery, but they did a good job getting most of the snow off."

DalSanto was one of more than 500 participants in the race, which took them around Peck Farm Park in Geneva. Cold temperatures greeted her after Saturday's snowfall, but DalSanto said she was prepared.

"I wore three layers of clothing," she said. "It wasn't too cold."

Despite less than ideal conditions, DalSanto said she finished the race in 27 minutes, 30 seconds, beating last year's time of 33 minutes.

"I'm training with my brother to do a marathon," she said.

Watching proudly was her mother, Kim DalSanto.

"I've been with her at every single run," she said. "I'm very proud of her when she crosses the finish line, no matter what her time is."

Laura Newman and her husband, Steve Newman, of Batavia, were stretching their legs after the race.

"I was really excited to get back to running," Laura Newman said. "This is my first time running in two years. I've had a couple of foot injuries. I did better than I thought I would, just under 33 minutes."

Steve Newman was prepared for the cold temperatures, dressing in a thermal shirt and a sweatshirt.

"As long as you dressed right, you didn't feel the cold," he said. "They make such good gear now."

The both of them were ready to relax a little at the post-game celebration at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center.

"Bring on the nachos," Steve Newman said.

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