Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fit-Pic: Soldier Field Finish on the 50

Doesn't this make you want to get out and run? A picture might be worth a thousand words but this one needs more of an explanation before that inspiration sets in. Ten miles along Chicago's Lakefront. A start outside Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. A finish inside Soldier Field on the 50-yard line with a run around the concourse. Watching yourself run on the stadium's JumboTron. Fifteen thousand runners. A sweet Adidas climalite tee for all registrants, and a football-themed stadium blanket and medal for all finishers. First-timers, seasoned runners, all paces fast and slow. That's the Soldier Field 10 Mile race for you.

A Chicago favorite way to start off Memorial Day weekend, even when the weather decides not to cooperate and throw conditions more worthy of Shamrock Shuffle weekend than now. Speaking of which, it was close to 30 degrees warmer Shamrock morning than it was SF10 morning. Go figure. But that didn't stop the runners nor did the semi-strong headwind I felt as I rode my bike to the race site--12,275 finished the race according to the race results. There would have been one more, me, but it's probably not a wise decision to walk 10 miles when you've been advised not to run for at least three more weeks to heal a stress fracture. Right?

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