Soldier Field 10 Mile

Soldier Field 10 Mile

Soldier Field 10 Mile

( 81 reviews )
96% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Chicago,
    Illinois,
    United States
  • May
  • 10 miles, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Jeff Edmonds

Chicago, Illinois, United States
27 22
2015
"My Favorite Race in Chicago!"
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Jeff Edmonds's thoughts:

Another gorgeous day and another great run! This was my fourth (maybe fifth?) time doing this 10-miler, and I will sign up for it every year, as long as I'm able and available to run it. All aspects of the event are run very professionally. For those looking to finish a winter/spring training season or kickstart a summer season, this race is perfect! I'm sure it'd be a lot of fun to do it casually, too, but the course is so flat and fast that I've always succumbed to my desire to run it aggressively.

The water/gatorade and aid stations are plentiful for a race of this length, and it's fun to be able to run under McCormick Place, on Lake Shore Drive, and on Soldier Field. This is a great race experience for both locals and for those looking to vacation in Chicago for the long Memorial Day weekend, especially since it's on the Saturday of a 3-day weekend (for most)!

The only parts of the race that are less-than-ideal, in my opinion, are the following:
* The Lake Shore Path isn't closed to bikers and runners, so you have to pay attention. I imagine, if you're running in a pack, it could get pretty crowded.
* If you happen to be anti-armed forces, do not run this race. It's intended to be in honor of those who've served our country - hence the Memorial Day weekend date - and this message is aggressively communicated. If you appreciate what our servicewomen and servicemen do, you will love the patriotism and celebration of these individuals!
* The traffic along Lake Shore Drive gets backed up pretty deep for parking at Soldier Field, but you shouldn't have a problem if you arrive 45-60 minutes ahead of race time.
* This isn't a "scenic" run, if you're hoping to see Chicago. If that's your goal, do Chicago's Rock & Roll Half-Marathon in July or the Chicago Marathon in October, both of which I've reviewed on BibRave!

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