Big Ten Network: BIG 10K Race in Chicago

What: Big Ten Network’s Big 10K, the summer race that turns the Chicago lakefront into a Big Ten Tailgate Party
When: Saturday, July 25th {10K* | 7am & 5K* | 8am}
Where: Soldier Field Campus
10K Race
$48 (through July 15th at 11:59pm)
$53 (through July 22nd at 11:59pm, if spots are still available)

5K Race
$38 (through July 15th at 11:59pm)
$43 (through July 22nd at 11:59pm, if spots are still available)

5K Race (participants 12 and under)


Details: The course begins on the Soldier Field campus and takes runners down Chicago’s lakefront. The finish line will once again be integrated into the wildly popular Fan Fest & Tailgate Party, so runners will be greeted by cheering spectators as they cross it. Runners will also be accompanied by BTN talent, former Big Ten greats, school cheerleaders and mascots. The BTN waterslides, also a fan favorite, return to both the 10K course and Tailgate Party.

The 10K will include participation by top area runners, award winners from previous years’ events, as well as many former varsity student-athletes from Big Ten schools. Awards and cash prizes will be presented to the top five male and female 10K finishers overall. As with last year’s event, there will be an additional cash prize for the top male and female runners who are also alumni of a Big Ten University. Prizes also will be awarded to runners who show the most school spirit through festive costumes and school-inspired accessories. Every finisher of the 10K or 5K will receive an official BTN Big10K commemorative medal, which will feature a new design for 2015.

The event will be followed by a Tailgate Party, which will include music, football-themed games and activities, such as corn hole, field-goal kicking and the 50-yard dash, as well as appearances by BTN talent and former Big Ten athletes. Also, the Tailgate party will include tents hosted by the Chicago Big Ten Alumni Associations and food and beverage concessions. Each race finisher 21 and older will also receive a free beer.

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