Soldier Field 10 Mile race kicks off running season from 50 yard line

By Nicole Croteau
Medill Reports

Kicking off the start of running season, RAM Racing held its Soldier Field 10 Mile race where runners start and finish at the 50 yard line.

The annual race on Memorial Day weekend is open to all runners at all levels. Starting on the famous field, the course then guides runners by the lakefront, through the city and back.

Each runner had a unique story and motivation that inspired them to join the race.

“I dedicate this run to my country Syria where I come from, hoping to end war and [have] peace for all,” said Chicago resident Asaad Jandali. “I do have a family there. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to see them over eight years now because of the war. So, every time I go do something I dedicate it to the people who give up their lives for freedom.”

Michigan native Angelica Reidaveld hopes to inspire her 15-year-old son who has autism.

“He is not physically able to go out and run and do a lot of things that normal kids do,” Reidaveld said. “So he gives me inspiration to go out and do it for him.”

Information on next year’s race is available at

Photo at top: The Soldier Field 10 Mile race begins at the stadium’s 50 yard line on Saturday, May 25, 2019.  (Nicole Croteau/MEDILL)