The Chicago Bears announced today that the 2019 PNC Chicago Bears 5K will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the race is now open at chicagobears.com/5k. Participants can celebrate 100 years of Bears football by running along Chicago's iconic lakefront path, through the tunnels at Soldier Field and across the finish line on the field. All runners will have their picture taken as they cross the finish line to capture the special moment and receive a commemorative Bears100 finisher medal.
Race participants will have the option to create personal or team fundraising pages for Bears Care during the registration process. Bears Care will invest 100 percent of participant fundraising in programs focused on rebuilding trust, sense of community and infrastructure in Chicago's neighborhoods most significantly impacted by gun violence. The top fundraiser (minimum of $1,500) will receive a VIP experience for two people at the Bears 2019 home opener, including two tickets, pregame sideline passes and parking; the second-highest fundraiser will receive an autographed helmet, while the third-highest fundraiser will receive an autographed football. All fundraisers who reach the $250 level will receive a Bears hat autographed by a current player. Any fundraisers who reach the $500 level will receive the autographed hat and a VIP visit for two to Chicago Bears Training Camp, including reserved seating, a gift bag and food voucher. Fundraisers who reach the $1,000 level will receive a personalized Bears replica jersey, in addition to the autographed hat and VIP visit to Training Camp.
Registration for the race includes entry into the PNC Chicago Bears 5K, official race shirt, commemorative Bears100 finisher medal, Bears-branded race bib, Miller Lite beer voucher for runners 21 and over and post-race party. Fans, friends and family of all ages are invited to cheer on participants from inside Soldier Field at the South End Zone (entry will be located at Gate 6).
The Kids Dash brought to you by PNC will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the field with Staley Da Bear; kids participating in the race will receive a t- shirt, finisher medal and prize pack from the Chicago Bears Kids Club, brought to you by Jewel-Osco.
Following the 5K race, runners and fans can get together outside of Gate 0 for a tailgate-style party. Each registered participant (21 and over) can enjoy a Miller Lite while experiencing a gameday-like atmosphere with entertainment from the Bears Drumline, Staley Da Bear, Monster Squad brought to you by Planters and much more.
The post-race festivities, which are free and open to the public, will include live music, opportunities to win Bears tickets and merchandise, giveaways, games and sponsor displays. Food, beverages and Bears Pro Shop merchandise will be available for purchase.
Early bird registration from March 18-May 15 is $39 per person, followed by a $45 registration fee from May 16-June 12 and $49 registration cost from June 13-July 2. After that time, registration is $55 per person from July 3-12. The Kids Dash is $15 per child between ages 5-12.
The PNC Chicago Bears 5K is produced by RAM Racing and brought to you by Keurig Dr Pepper, Miller Lite and Proven IT.