GENEVA – Aldermen at the Nov. 18 City Council meeting approved a special Sunday event, the Insane Candy Cane 5K, which will take place Dec. 8.
The Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation will host the run, which will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. through downtown streets.
Setup will begin at 4:30 a.m. and end with cleanup by 11:30 a.m., officials said.
The proposed event is similar to the Ooh La La race that took place Nov. 3. During that event, police received complaints from parishioners at Geneva Lutheran Church during and after the race about disruption, City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins said.
Because there is no time to recertify the race route, all parties agreed to have the race proceed as planned, she said.
Police will work to make some on-site accommodations to permit limited access and limited access parking for church patrons, Dawkins said.
“We had a policy discussion on special events about how to streamline the course routes and all of that,” Dawkins said. “So we are still in the process and hopefully that will alleviate some of those issues. Maybe not all of them.”
According to event information, proceeds from the race will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to aid children with cancer.
Elves will appear on the 5K course during the race, and each will have a belt. Runners who catch up to the elf and grab his magic belt will get a prize.
Prizes include a one-night stay at the Herrington Inn with breakfast, Chicago Bears tickets for two, a men’s or women’s ROLL bike, a $300 certificate for permanent makeup at Boutique Ink, a $300 Garmin Forerunner 245, and $100 gift certificate to Dick Pond Athletics.
Registration is online at insanecandycane5k.itsyourrace.com.
The race will start and finish at the Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., Geneva. The course will include a portion along the Fox River Trail and will end at the All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third St., Geneva, where a 12-foot candy cane is waiting to be smashed.
Packet pickup for runners is from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. Second St., St. Charles.