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

8:00 AM

  • Bus transportation begins from Hyatt Regency Chicago

8:30 AM

  • 4 mile – Participant Registration/Check-In begins
  • Transportation to 39th Street begins

9:30 AM

  • 2 mile participant registration/check-in begins
  • Transportation to 31st Street begins

10:30 AM

  • Commemorative Run begins at 39th Street location

11:00 AM

  • Commemorative Run reaches 31st Street location

11:30 AM

  • Commemorative Run reaches Solider Field

11:40 AM

  • Staging for Eternal Flame Presentation
  • All other participants escorted to Eternal Flame Ceremony Area

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Eternal Flame Ceremony