The 2016 course will have new features, but will begin in the shadows of Soldier Field’s famed colonnades before taking runners on a vehicle-free Lake Shore Drive as participants head south. After the turnaround at Mile 5, runners will head north and be provided with some of the most stunning views available of the Chicago Skyline. Arriving back on the Museum Campus, runners will enter into Soldier Field making their way towards the player’s tunnel before exiting onto the field to make their sprint towards the finish at the 50-yard line. The in-stadium experience will be something to remember and your effort will be rewarded by servicemen and women when they present you with your 2016 commemorative finisher medal on the field. The course is USATF-certified (certificate number IL 13002NM).
Click here to see the 2015 course. The 2016 course will be announced soon!
- Please ensure the following in order to receive an accurate time:
- Race bib is clearly visible on the front of your torso
- Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
- Race bib is pinned on all four corners
- Race bib is not covered by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.
- Race bib must be visible on your front torso in order to enter the Stadium for your on-field finish.
The Soldier Field 10 Mile is using the Chronotrack B-Tag Timing System. The timing system provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to the finish lines. Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each bib number. Leave the tags on the back of the bib number and wear the bib number on your front torso, so that it is clearly visible on the outside of your clothing.
Course Clocks and Mile Markers
Course clocks will be located at each mile marker along the course as well as the Start and Finish Lines. Timing mats will be located at the Start Line, Mile 5 and Finish Line.
There are 5 Aid Stations located along the 10 Mile course. Each Aid Station includes: Water, Nuun, port-o-lets and medical support.
There are three medical support stations located in the Stadium:
- On the field/Finish Line level
- In the South Concourse (enter at Gate 6)
- First Aid room (non-emergency) in the Runner Refresh area at Gate 17
In addition, there will be medical spotters and roving medical support team members in outdoor race site areas. If you are in need of medical attention at any time before, during or after the race, please look for personnel in red medical vests.
The course will remain open for 2.5 hours (approximately 15 minutes/mile) from the time the last group of runners has crossed the start line. Each participant’s bib number must be clearly visible and on front of the torso at all times and is required for entrance into the Stadium for the on field finish.
Those participants who are unable to pass the 31st Street check point/entrance to Lake Shore Drive (approximately mile 1.5) by 8:40am will not be permitted to continue on the course and will be redirected back to the Stadium.
Those participants who are unable to reach the turnaround point/exit from Lake Shore Drive (approximately mile 4.8) by 9:30am will be redirected to the adjacent lakefront path and permitted to continue from that point on the course back to the Stadium.
Course Safety, Event Rules and Guidelines
To ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of these events, please adhere to the following: no dogs, bicycles, strollers, baby joggers, roller skates, in-line skates or unauthorized wheeled vehicles will be permitted on the 10 mile course.
Click here to review the 2016 event rules and guidelines.
Chicago Endurance Sports Pace Team
As an added benefit to the participants of the Soldier Field 10 Mile we will be offering event pace groups led by the experienced Chicago Endurance Sports Pace Team. The Pace Team provides even splits and camaraderie amongst runners striving to reach similar goals. These pacers support a range of runners, from those finishing their first 10 mile race to those who are looking for a new PR.
Who makes up the Pace Team?
The team is made up of professional pacers who pace Chicago Endurance Sports training programs and target races. These pacers have been around the racing block (and in this case, field) several times and have impressive racing resumes. Our pacers are vibrant and personable, and know from past experience exactly what it takes to help you have a great race experience.
What Pace Groups are offered?
We offer pace groups based on a wide range of ability levels.
|1:15 (7:30)||1:45 (10:30)|
|1:20 (8:00)||1:50 (11:00)|
|1:25 (8:30)||1:55 (11:30)|
|1:30 (9:00)||2:00 (12:00 – Run/Walk 5/1)|
|1:35 (9:30)||2:05 (12:30 – Run/Walk 4/2)|
|1:40 (10:00)||2:30 finish (15:00)|
What pace group should I be in?
The best way to select the proper pace group is to consult the Race Prediction Charts. There you can base your desired finish time on a previous race you’ve completed this season. To achieve optimal performance, the key is not to start out too fast in this endurance event and to select the proper pace based on your actual previous performance.
What does it cost to run with the Pace Team?
The Pace Team is free to all registered Soldier Field 10 Mile participants!
How do the pacers run the race?
Every pace leader will be holding even splits throughout the race. These “even splits” are the best way to achieve your best performance in the race.
Will the pacers start out on pace exactly? How do they do that!?
The pace leaders are very experienced and know their pace well. Sometimes at the start it’s crowded and they may take a mile or 2 to settle into a steady pace. They will help you start nice and easy to help you save energy for the later miles. This is VERY important for successful racing
Where will my pace leader be on race morning?
Approximately 30 minutes before the start the pace leaders will be arriving in their starting corral. Pacers will be holding signs to make spotting them easy. Each pacer will be holding up their pace sign so above the crowd. See chart above for corral numbers of each pacer.
What if my pace leader is in a different corral than I am assigned?
You may move backward from your corral to join a pace leader, but you may not move forward. For example, if you are in corral 11, and the pace group you want to run with is located in corral 12, you will be permitted to move back. However, if you are in corral 12 and wish to run with the pace leader in corral 11, you will not be permitted to move forward.
Will the pace leaders stop at the water stations?
The pacer will usually slow down or walk through the water stops. Approximately 10 minutes before the start, the pacer will give guidance on race strategy and how they will handle aid station stops.
Will there be pace leaders for me if I’ve trained using the Run/Walk Method?
You can use the pace leader as a guide even if you’re using the run-walk routine. You will be meeting up with the pace leader regularly throughout the race, running ahead and then walking behind.
If I join a pace group, do I have to stay with them for the entire race?
No you don’t. However, if you feel great at the start of the race that’s normal and you should stay with the group through the halfway point. Then you can evaluate how you feel and decide if you have extra energy to move forward or move a little slower. If you are not feeling great, slow down. It’s a long race and you will need to self evaluate your plan mile to mile during the race. This is normal for endurance running.