Event Information

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Solider Field, Chicago, IL
Contact: Sandy Nash 309-888-2562 snash@soill.org


The Commemorative Torch Run is a structured run similar to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg (this is not a race).  Participants will run in formation at a 15 minute mile (4 miles per hour) pace.  The group will be led by a law enforcement officer and Special Olympics athlete carrying the Flame of Hope.


The run will take place on Chicago Park District’s bike path that runs along Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago and passes landmarks such as the Chicago Police Memorial, McCormick Place and a number of scenic beaches and harbors.  Finally, the Commemorative Run will conclude by participants having the opportunity to run through Soldier Field as we deliver the Flame of Hope to the Eternal Flame ceremony.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 19

  • 4-6pm – Participant Check-In at Hyatt Regency Chicago

Friday, July 20

  • 7-11am – Bus transportation from Hyatt Regency Chicago to Soldier Field
  • 8:30am – 4 mile participant registration/check-in begins at Waldron Deck. Transportation from Waldron Deck to 39th Street begins
  • 9:30am – 2 mile participant registration/check-in begins. Transportation to 31st Street begins
  • 10am – Commemorative Torch Run Opening Ceremoney at 39th Street Beach
  • 10:30am – Commemorative Run begins at 39th Street location
  • 11am – Commemorative Run reaches 31st Street location
  • 11:35am – Commemorative Run reaches Soldier Field – Gate O
  • 11:40am – Staging for Eternal Flame Presentation inside Soldier Field
  • 11:45am – Torch Runners carry Flame through Soldier Field
  • 11:50am  – Torch Run participants escorted to Eternal Flame Ceremony Area
  • 12:15-1pm – Eternal Flame Ceremony
  • 1pm – Transportation back to Hyatt Regency Chicago and Toyota Park for Unified Cup Championship