Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fleet Feet Soldier Field 10 Mile

Fleet Feet Chicago puts on an amazing spring 10 mile lakefront race every Memorial Day weekend. I believe this year will mark the 8th running of the Soldier Field 10 Mile, with the registration closing at 15,000 runners.

This race has a wonderful course that starts in front of Soldier field heading South along Lakeshore Drive and then takes a turn back North at the half way point where the race then takes to the lakefront path and offers a wonderful view of the Chicago skyline. The last piece of the race takes runners through the underground entrance of Soldier Field where runner can watch themselves finish on the 50 yard line on the jumbotron.

Fleet Feet puts on a highly organized event that offers wonderful aid stations, a finishers medal, a great race after party, and this year for the first year they will be giving out stadium blankets to runners as they cross the finish. One of the really great perks from this race is that it offers a fairly competitive field for those who are looking for an added challenge. Last years race had Katie Mcgregor setting a womens course record of 55:51. Another added bonus is the race for the kiddos that is a 50 yard dash where the kids get official numbers(all #1 of course) and a very special finishers medal.

2011 will mark my 4th year competing in this race, and I am really looking forward to it. It offers a great way to start of a holiday weekend. Register before February when the price goes up to $80.

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