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Registration Info

Join us for the return of the BTN Big 10K on Sunday, July 10 in Chicago! Test your fitness, enjoy a one-of-a-kind race experience, and represent your favorite Big Ten school all while giving back to some great charities!

Registered participants will receive a school-specific race shirt, event bib number and finisher medal.

Race registration for the 10K and 5K is $65 and $55, respectively. (*NOTE THAT THIS WILL INCREASE TO $70 and $60 ON 7/1)

A virtual race will be held from Sunday, July 10 to Saturday July 16. Registration for the virtual event closed on Monday, June 13

Big Ten Network will be supporting three great charities this year: ALIVE Rescue, Positive Coaching Alliance and Special Olympics Chicago. We hope you will join us in supporting these great causes by donating directly to the BTN Big 10K charities during the registration process. BTN will match the first $5,000 raised for all three charities.

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Important Dates

Monday, June 13

  • VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K registration closes 

    • The deadline to register for the 2022 VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 13

  • Last chance to guarantee your school-specific shirt

    • After June 13 we will still offer school race shirts, but sizes will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis

Friday, July 8

  • BTN Big 10K & 5K registration closes 

    • The deadline to register for the 2022 BTN Big 10K or 5K at Soldier Field is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 8

Sunday, July 10

  • Race Day!

    • The BTN Big 10K & 5K take place at 7 a.m. CT (10K) and 8:15 a.m. (5K) at Soldier Field

Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 16

  • VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K race window

    • Compete in the VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K at any point between these dates

Tuesday, July 19

  • Last chance to submit VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K race results

    • The deadline to submit VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K race results is 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, July 19

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Packet Mailing

The BTN Big 10K will mail a limited number of packets to participants for the 2022 event. Participants have the option to add packet mailing as a product at the point of registration for $20. This product is available on a first-come first-served basis through Monday, May 23 or until the capacity is met.

Event entry requirements

  • Registrants for the 10K must be capable of maintaining a 15:00/mile pace. Participants must complete the full event distance, start line to finish line, within the event time requirement of 1 hour and 35 minutes (h:mm:ss/1:35:59).

  • Registrants for the 5K must be capable of maintaining a 19:00/mile pace. Participants must complete the full event distance, start line to finish line, within the event time requirement of 60 minutes (h:mm:ss/0:60:59).

  • Participants must be 8 years of age or older on event day to participate in the live event (10K and 5K). Participants under 18 years of age must have a statement signed by a parent or legal guardian permitting participation.

  • Sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited. All entry fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred toward a future event.

  • All participants acknowledge the inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists and is beyond the control of Event Organizers. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

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Race Shirt

Wear your Big Ten school colors with pride!

The BTN Big 10K is the only race that lets YOU select your school-specific race shirt. During registration, simply select your Big Ten university preference, shirt size, and gender fit to receive the official 2022 BTN Big 10K technical race shirt in your school colors.

Participants who choose not to select a university can choose a generic “Big Ten Fan” race shirt.

Additional shirts will be available for sale post-race on Sunday, July 10 for $20. Post-race sales are based on remaining inventory, and we cannot guarantee all school shirts or sizes will be available for purchase.

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Course Map

Check out this year's course!

The BTN Big 10K and 5K courses follow a gorgeous route along Chicago's iconic lakefront! Check out this year's 10K and 5K course routes, starting and finishing near Soldier Field. Download Course Map

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Give

Big Ten Network will be supporting three great charities this year. ALIVE Rescue, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Special Olympics Chicago. We hope you will join us in supporting these great causes by donating directly to the BTN Big 10K charities during the registration process.

ALIVE Rescue

ALIVE Rescue is an Animal Rescue that protects the lives and the welfare of animals. We believe every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled life. We take on the responsibility to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals. We provide medical, behavioral and physical support for animals despite their age, health and/or breed. ALIVE Rescue promotes sustainable living and care-giving within our communities by building awareness, appreciation and respect for all animals and the environment.

For more info, or to donate, please visit: aliverescue.org.

Positive Coaching Alliance

As a catalyst for a positive youth sports culture, Positive Coaching Alliance provides research-based training and resources for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders to ensure a positive youth development experience for ALL kids, in all communities through sports. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

• YOUTH experience improved life skills and character development.

• COACHES become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.

• YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND SCHOOLS see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

Positive Coaching Alliance believes that all youth can benefit from a positive, inclusive sports culture that develops social and emotional skills, molds character, and prepares them for competition and life.

For more information, or to donate: https://positivecoach.org/

Special Olympics Chicago

The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics Chicago is largest region in the state of Illinois and larger than 26 other state Chapters in the U.S. offering training and competition in 22 sports. Athletes learn fundamentals, rules and strategies from their coaches during a training period prior to competition. Competitions are held at the area, regional and state levels.

For more info, or to donate, please visit: sochicago.org.

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