Snowflake Shuffle 5K sees more than 300 participants

By on December 17, 2009

Geneva—More than 300 runners and walkers joined TriCity Family Services for their first Snowflake Shuffle 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Mill Creek Subdivision in Geneva.

Holiday spirit was abounding as runners and walkers of all ages enjoyed the crisp morning cold and showed their support for TriCity Family Services, a local leader in community-based counseling and supportive services for those in need. The runners were led by a holiday-decorated fire truck belonging to Mike and Ann Worthington of Geneva, and Santa Claus himself surprised everyone at the Mill Creek Clubhouse following the race.

Miranda Barfuss, Director of Development for TriCity, estimated that the first-time event netted about $8,000, which is a tidy sum for a first-time fundraising run.

“The real triumph is in the sheer number of people we had come out in the cold, with their families and friends, to support TriCity Family Services,” Barfuss said. “This community is what our agency is all about.”

The first-place overall male winner was 15-year-old Dan Runzel of Elgin. Carrie Day, 35, of Geneva took first-place overall female honors. The entire list of Snowflake Shuffle results is available at

Photo: Girl Scout Troop 4478 of Elburn sported antlers and walked the 5K together in support of TriCity Family Services. Courtesy Photo