Ditka Dash - September 27, 2014 - Soldier Field in Chicago Ditka Dash - September 27, 2014 - Soldier Field in Chicago

Join thousands of runners and walkers at Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K presented by State Farm®! All participants will receive an awesome mustache, cold beer, an official Ditka Dash finisher shirt, aviator sunglasses, and a race shirt just like Da Coach used to wear!

After the run, celebrate at the Miller Lite Mustache Bash with live music, cold beer, and thousands of mustache clad Ditkas!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time & Location

Start Time: 8:00am
Start Location: Soldier Field

Race Capacity

Entry will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close once the race capacity is reached.

Wave Start

Please note, once a wave is sold out, we are unable to allow additional registrations for that wave.

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am

Be sure to allow enough time to check in (e.g. parking, gear check, etc.) before your start time. We recommend participants arrive at least 45 minutes before their wave time.

Packet Pick-up

A photo ID and bib number are needed to pick up your race packet.

There are 3 options for picking up your race packet:

  1. Pick up your race packet in person prior to the race at:

    Soldier Field - United Club
    1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

    Wednesday, September 24 (4:00pm – 8:00pm)
    Thursday, September 25 (10:00am – 8:00pm)
    Friday, September 26 (10:00am – 6:00pm)

  2. Have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you (by presenting a copy of your ID and bib number) prior to the race at Soldier Field (location, dates and times listed above).

  3. VIP Race Day Packet Pick-Up. 
For $10.00 per race packet, you can pick up your packet on race day before the event. You can sign up for this service during the registration process.

*Please note: Only those who register for VIP Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be able to pick up their packet on race day.

Discounted parking will be available at Packet Pick-Up for $10.00 in the Waldron Garage.

To view lot location, please visit: http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/map.php

Course Length

5K (3.1 miles)

The race start will start on Waldron Drive next to Soldier Field.

Please note, the course does not go through the stadium.

Course Map

Miller Lite Mustache Bash

Celebrate at the Miller Lite Post Race Mustache Bash with live music, cold beer, and thousands of mustache clad Ditkas!


The Ditka Dash 5K presented by State Farm® is a self-timed event. Timing clocks displaying real time will be provided at the start line and finish line to allow each participant to keep track of their time.

Ditka-pede Division

Q: What's better than one Ditka?
A: 7 Ditkas!

A division has been created where 7 or more participants can complete the Ditka Dash while connected together. This division is recommended for those who are courageous.

Click here for more information.


Awards will be presented to the following categories:

  • Best "Superfan" costume
  • Largest team
  • Best team costume
  • Most outrageous Ditka-pede


Special Olympics Chicago is the beneficiary of the Ditka Dash 5K presented by State Farm®. Their 5,000+ superstar athletes are just like you. They set goals, train, and celebrate accomplishments in a big way. We thank you for your consideration in making a tax-deductible donation which will support the 22 sports enjoyed by these athletes throughout the year.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.sochicago.org.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Ditka Dash 5K presented by State Farm®. Volunteers are needed to assist with every aspect of the race, including:

  • Course Marshal
  • Start line and finish line support
  • Aid station support
  • Gear Check
  • Course set up and tear down
  • Packet Pick-Up
  • Water station support
  • Clean up

For more information, please contact us at info@ditkadash.com.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available at the race site.

Race Day Parking & Transportation

All participants are strongly encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to Soldier Field. If you drive, please allow sufficient time for heavy traffic and street closures due to the race.

Soldier Field Parking
Parking will be available in the North Garage, South Lot, and Waldron Garage for $20. Payment is required as you enter. Click here for a parking map. For more information, please visit www.soliderfieldparking.com.

Public Transportation
The RTA Travel Information Center provides scheduling information for all CTA, Metra and PACE services. For information, please call (312) 836-7000 or visit www.rtachicago.com.

Taxi | Drop-Off Locations
All taxis and vehicles dropping off participants will be directed by traffic officials to the main Museum Campus visitor entrance on McFetridge Drive or at the18th Street Metra drop off. Vehicles should exit Lake Shore Drive at McFetridge Drive or 18th Street then proceed to the drop off point.

Weather Policy

The Ditka Dash 5K presented by State Farm® will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we reserve the right to delay, postpone or cancel the event. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.