1410 Special Olympics Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Wave 1 - 9:00 a.m.
Wave 2 - 10:00 a.m.
Wave 3 - 11:00 a.m.
The Ditka Dash is expected to sell out in record time. It is recommended you secure your preferred wave time as early as possible. Once a wave is sold out, we are unable to allow any additional registrations for that wave.
Pick up your race packet in person prior to the race at:
Location coming soon.
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 (location, dates, and times listed above).
Race Day Packet Pick-Up. For $10.00 per race packet, you can pick up your packet on race day at the Packet Pick-Up tent before the event, between 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. You can sign up for this service during the registration process.
*Please note only those who register for Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be able to pick up their packet on race day.
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 the parking map.
For more information, please visit www.soldierfieldparking.com.
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 to the 18th Street Metra drop-off. Vehicles should exit Lake Shore Drive at McFetridge Drive or 18th Street, then proceed to the drop-off point.
Gear check will be available at the race site.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Ditka Dash. Volunteers are needed to assist with every aspect of the race, including:
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ditka Dash 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 nonrefundable.
5K (3.1 miles)
The race will start on Waldron Drive next to Soldier Field. Please note the course does not go through the stadium.
The Ditka Dash is a self-timed event. Timing clocks displaying real time will be provided at the start line and finish line to allow participants to keep track of their time.
A division has been created where 7 or more Ditkas can complete the Ditka Dash while connected together.