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Ditka Dash

Da Race That Thinks It's a Party

Join thousands of Ditkas at Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash presented by Miller Lite. All participants will receive a proper mustache, aviator sunglasses, cold beer, an amazing finisher medal, and a race shirt reminiscent of Coach Ditka's fine wool sweater vest.

After the race, celebrate at the Miller Lite Mustache Bash with cold beer, music, and thousands of mustache-clad Ditkas.

Race Highlights

Finisher Medal

Race Shirt

Bib Number




Ditka Dash


Jun 20 - Jun 29
Ditka Dash


Jun 30 - Jun 29
Early Bird
Ditka Dash


Jun 30 - Aug 10
1st Half
Ditka Dash


Sep 29 - Oct 08

All registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Packet Pick-Up

There are 3 options for picking up your race packet.
A photo ID and bib number are needed to pick up your race packet.

Option 1

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

Location TBD

Thursday, October 12 (2:00pm - 8:00pm)
Friday, October 13 (12:00pm - 7:00pm)

Option 2

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

Option 3

Race Day Packet Pick-Up. For $10 per race packet, you can pick up your race 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 Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be able to pick up their race packet on race day.
Race Day

On race day, 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.

Wave Start

Wave 1 - 9:00am
Wave 2 - 10:00am

After selling out in 2015 & 2016, the 2017 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.

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.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available at the race site.


All Ditka Dash participants will receive free race day photos from Gameface Media. Photos will be available the week following the race and emailed to all participants.

Weather Policy

The Ditka Dash 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 nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All participants will receive the following swag with their entry.

Awesome Stache
Awesome Stache
Race Shirt
Race Shirt
Aviator Sunglasses
Aviator Sunglasses
Finisher Medal
Finisher Medal
Free Miller Lite*
Free Miller Lite*
Bib Number
Bib Number

*Participants 21 years of age and older will receive one (1) free beer with their entry. Additional beer will be available for purchase. 

Course Details


5K - 3.1 miles

Start Location

The race will start on Waldron Drive next to Soldier Field. Please note the course does not go through the stadium.


The Ditka Dash 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 Race Map

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The race will start on Waldron Drive next to Soldier Field. Please note the course does not go through the stadium.

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Ditka Dash presented by State Farm®. Volunteers are needed to assist with every aspect of the race, including:
  • Course Marshall
  • Start line and finish line support
  • Aid station support
  • Gear check
  • Course set up and tear down
  • Packet Pick-Up
  • Water station support
  • Cleanup
For more information, please contact us at info@ditkadash.com.


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