As a lifelong Chicagoan and Chicago Bears fan, I was thrilled with the opportunity to run this virtual race. With so many in-person races cancelled in the past 18 months, it's nice to still have the opportunity to run and earn some awesome swag!
The PNC Chicago Bears Virtual 5k took place on Saturday, July 31st. I happened to be in Washington, DC that weekend, so that is where I ran my race. Yet another benefit of virtual racing is that you can get your miles in pretty much anywhere on earth!
One of my favorite things about this race is that a portion of each registration fee went to Bears Care, which helps underserved communities in the Chicago area. 100% of funds raised were earmarked for COVID-19 recovery efforts and community revitalization in one of the most underserved communities in Chicago.
I loved the swag for this race, which included a super-soft 100% polyester performance shirt (meaning it won't shrink) with the outline of the Chicago skyline and a large bear underneath with the words "RUN LIKE A BEAR ~ IL ~ 2021" 'hidden' within the silhouette of the bear itself. I received a neck gaitor with the Bears logo as well as an awesome medal that is nicely displayed on my "Because Running Isn't Cancelled" medal hanger used specifically for my virtual race medals. I also received a numbered race bib, personalized with my first name, that I proudly wore as I ran my 5K around the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool.
I would definitely recommend running this race, and of course as we all do, I am hoping it can be an in-person race next year. I will definitely be there to help support my favorite team’s charity efforts!