The Big Ten Network: Bringing Big Ten Fans Together.
Don’t miss the BTN Big 10K event in Chicago on Saturday, July 25, 2015 on the Soldier Field Campus. Dress up in your favorite school colors and compete for your Big Ten team in the 10K race or 5K run/walk. Afterward, kick-off the college football season in style with thousands of Big Ten fans at the ultimate post-race Fan Fest & Tailgate party featuring Mekka Don!
This will be a Fan Fest you will never forget! Packed with mascots, cheerleaders, food, music, beer, interactive games, exciting prizes, BTN talent, former Big Ten player appearances and much more!
What’s New for 2015?
This year’s BTN Big 10K is sure to be the best yet!
- Course improvements for both the 10k and 5k courses will still lead you to a Fan Fest finish; less crowding and an easier start process.
- Larger alumni tent space, more activities, more food, and more beer means shorter linesthroughout this year’s Fan Fest!
- Goose Island Beer Company will be featuring their Blue Line Pils at the Fan Fest – it is available on tap in Chicago ONLY this summer. (participants 21 years and older receive 1 FREE beer)
- Sausages by Amylu will be providing 1 FREE sausage sandwich to each registered participant as part of the post-race tailgate.
- School specific SUNGLASSES will be distributed to each participant from the alumni tents after the race.
- New school-specific performance race shirts feature a brand new design for 2015. School specific shirts are still available, don’t delay registering before your preferred school color and size are sold out!
- Big Ten themed race medals feature a new design unique to 2015 and are awarded to finishers of the 10K and 5K.
- Eddie George as the 2015 Grand Marshal: The BTN Big 10K is excited to announce that Heisman Trophy winner and Buckeye legend Eddie George will serve as the Grand Marshal at the 2015 BTN Big 10K. Sign up today and meet Eddie on race day!
Race Start Times:
10K* | 7am
5K* | 8am
*Subject to change based upon final course approvals from the City of Chicago.
Start Line Positions
The 10K and 5K races feature a multiple wave start to ensure a positive race experience, providing all participants the same opportunity for a smooth, safe start and sufficient room to run along the course.
For the purpose of seeding the 10K event, participants who provide documented qualifying performances will be given priority over those who provide expected finish times for Start Corral placements. Participants who entered their expected 10K finish times during online registration will fill in remaining capacity as space allows. The 5K event will be seeded based upon each participant’s estimated finish time (provided during the registration process). Signs denoting expected pace will be visible in the start area.
Participants can qualify to be placed in the Elite Corral of the 10K based on a 2013-2015 race result from one of the following distances: 5K, 8K, 10K, 10 Mile, half marathon or marathon. Runners expecting to finish in under 35:00 (men) or 40:00 (women) may apply to the Elite Start Area.
Women’s standards for consideration for access to the Elite Start Area:
- 5k 19:00
- 8k 32:00
- 10k 40:00
- 10m 1:05:30
- Half Marathon 1:29:30
- Marathon 3:20:00
Men’s standards for consideration for access to the Elite Start Area:
- 5k 17:00
- 8k 28:00
- 10k 35:00
- 10m 59:00
- Half Marathon 1:18:30
- Marathon 2:50:00
Participants can qualify to be placed in the first two Start Corrals of the 10K based on a 2013-2015 race result from one of the following distances: 5K, 8K, 10K, 10 Mile, half marathon or marathon. Runners expecting to finish in under 50:00 may apply to be placed in Start Corrals A or B. Standards for Start Corrals A and B are based on an approximate pace of 8:00 min/mile.
Standards for consideration for access to Start Corrals A and B:
- 5k 25:00
- 8k 39:45
- 10k 49:45
- 10m 1:20:00
- Half Marathon 1:45:40
- Marathon 3:30:00
Please note start corrals will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of participants allowed in each corral has yet to be determined. Assignment to a Start Corral is not guaranteed. The event reserves the right to request verification of past performance for entrance into the first three corrals.
How to Submit Proof of Qualifying for 10K Seeded Corrals
If you would like to update or change your 10K Start Corral assignment, you can do so by submitting a qualifying time. Your qualifying time must have been run on or after January 1, 2013. The deadline to submit proof of a qualifying time is June 25, 2015.
You may submit your qualifying time in one of two ways:
- By fax or electronic fax to 773.271.1121
- By e-mail to Info@BTNBig10k.com
Faxed and e-faxed qualifying times must be in the form of a finisher’s certificate or printout from an online race results page.
E-mailed qualifying times may be sent as an attachment in the form of a finisher’s certificate or printout from an online race results page. Links to race results will be accepted ONLY if the link is to your individual result. Your name and finishing time must be the ONLY result appearing on the web page. Links to general race result pages will NOT be accepted as proof of qualification.
As a reminder, your official time does not begin until you cross the start line. The timing system provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to finish lines.
Course Safety, Event Rules and Guidelines
To ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of these events, please adhere to the following: no dogs, bicycles, strollers, baby joggers, roller skates, in-line skates or unauthorized wheeled vehicles will be permitted on the 10K or 5K course.
All participants must follow the official event rules and guidelines of the BTN Big 10K, 5K and Fan Fest. Rules and guidelines should be reviewed in their entirety prior to race day.
Click here for the complete event rules.
Participants will receive an official event shirt, participant bag and bib number with timing device at packet pick-up.
Packet Pick-Up will take place at Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town on the following days:
- Tuesday, July 21 10am-8pm
- Wednesday, July 22 10am-8pm
- Thursday, July 23 10am-8pm
- Friday, July 24 10am-8pm
You can have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you. To do so, please forward your bib number confirmation email to your designated friend or family member. In the text of your forwarded email be sure to state that you are providing your authorization for this person to pick-up your packet. Your designated person will need to print out the forwarded e-mail to present at packet pick-up to obtain your race materials.
Please Note: RACE DAY Will-Call Packet Pick-Up is available for the 2015 BTN Big 10K. The convenience fee for RACE DAY Will-Call Packet Pick-Up is $15 and will be processed at registration. A convenience fee must be paid on all packets that are picked up on race day (including friends and family).
Forgot to sign up for race day packet pick-up? Click here.
All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
Participants will receive a gender-specific, technical race shirt in the color scheme corresponding to the Big Ten University of their choice.
Inventory is no longer guaranteed, as not all school options may be available, so early registration is suggested.
Participants may also purchase additional school-specific shirts during the online registration process.
Participants who choose not to select a University specific shirt can choose a “BTN Fan” gender-specific technical race shirt.
Awards & cash prizes are presented to the top five male & female 10K finishers overall.
Overall Top Five for 10K
- 1st Place: $500
- 2nd Place: $400
- 3rd Place: $300
- 4th Place: $200
- 5th Place: $100
Big Ten Bonus Prize
- 1st Big Ten Alumni: $500
- 2nd Big Ten Alumni: $400
- 3rd Big Ten Alumni: $300
The Big Ten Bonus Prize will be given to each of the first three male & female 10K finishers who are a current or former student at a Big Ten University*. It will be awarded in addition to any other winnings.
Overall Top Three for 5K
Awards & Fleet Feet Sports gift certificates are presented to the top three male & female 5K finishers overall.
- 1st Place: $100 Fleet Feet Sports Gift Certificate
- 2nd Place: $75 Fleet Feet Sports Gift Certificate
- 3rd Place: $50 Fleet Feet Sports Gift Certificate
Age Group Awards for 10K & 5K
Awards will be mailed within 4-6 weeks of the race to the top 3 Male and Female: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.
*In accordance with the NCAA, current collegiate athletes, athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility as well as all high school athletes, are not eligible to receive prize money. It is the athlete’s responsibility to check with their institution’s compliance department to confirm any changes to NCAA rules that may make them eligible to receive prize money and/or awards.
BTN is looking for the most die-hard Big Ten fans. Use the #BTNBig10K hashtag to submit your favorite photos from the 2015 BTN Big 10K race and Tailgate. Here’s how to enter:
- Step 1: Take your spirit photo with your smartphone
- Step 2: Upload your photo to your public Twitter or Instagram page
- Step 3: Tag your photo with the Hashtag #BTNBig10K
Winners will be announced during the week following the race. The prizes are:
- Football Grand Prize : Two (2) Tickets to the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game
- Basketball Grand Prize : Two (2) All-Session Passes to the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament
- Runner-Up Prize : Two (2) Tickets to the 44th Annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon
The BTN Big 10K would not be possible without the fantastic dedication, enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers throughout race week and on race day.
We are looking for individuals and groups to help us make this year’s event the most successful one yet.
Group Leaders who register their non-profit organization with the BTN Big 10K to volunteer their services on race day and bring a group of 25 or more volunteers may qualify for a donation. The donation amount is determined by the BTN Big 10K office and is based on the number of volunteers that worked on race day, the duration of the job assignment and the scope of work.
Would you like to volunteer? Contact Gerrie Rogalla.