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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

Free Race Photos

Runner Refreshments


Ditka Dash


Jul 14 - Jul 23
Ditka Dash


Jul 24 - Sep 10
Early Bird
Ditka Dash


Sep 11 - Oct 08
1st Half
Ditka Dash


Oct 09 - Nov 12
2nd Half
Ditka Dash


Nov 13 - Nov 19
Ditka Dash


Nov 20 - Nov 21
Race Day

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 coming soon.

Thursday, November 19 (2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Friday, November 20 (12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

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 $10.00 per race packet, you can pick up your race packet on race day before the event from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 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 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 - 10:00 a.m.

The Ditka Dash is expected to sell out in record time. 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 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 Miller Lite 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
Race Shirt
Aviator Sunglasses
Finisher Medal
Free Miller Lite*
Bib Number

*Participants 21 years of age and older will receive one (1) Miller Lite 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 Miller Lite 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.

Da Course Map

Coming soon.

The beneficiary of the Ditka Dash is Special Olympics Chicago.


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 presented by Miller Lite. 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.


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