Training

Program Details (Registration for the 2014 Official Training Program is closed)

Chicago Endurance Sports (CES) Spring Training is the Official Training Program of the Soldier Field 10 Mile.  Whether you are an experienced runner looking to take a minute off of your personal record, or a new runner aspiring to conquer the 10 mile distance for the first time, CES Spring Training can help you accomplish your goals.  Click Here for more information!

New to 2014! You can now save on the race registration by signing up for the CES Spring Training. Click on the Registration button above.

Program Features

  • 12-week customized training schedule
  • Group Runs twice weekly at all Fleet Feet Sports – Chicago locations
  • Over 20 experienced CES Coaches available to provide instruction in person and via e-mail
  • CES Pace Team (the Official Pace Team on race day) provides pacing assistance at long runs
  • Access to CES Hospitality Tent which include race-day packet pickup, private gear check and bathrooms
  • All participants receive exclusive CES Spring Training premium

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.

Pace Pace
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.