Saturday was the 10th Annual Soldier Field 10 Miler, a race noted for its finish in the 50 yard line of Soldier Field. That alone makes it a pretty awesome race and the views of Lake Michigan and the skyline aren’t too bad either.
But the real reason to run the Soldier Field 10 Miler is the incredible tribute it pays to our armed forces. The significance of the run beginning and ending at a place built to honor WWI vets. The reading of the names of our servicemen running. The presenting of flags flown over the field to family members of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The playing of taps and singing of our national anthem. It all brings the focus of what Memorial Day means right to the forefront. It’s a day to celebrate, honor and appreciate and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do that alongside the running community while pounding the pavement for 10 miles.
God bless our troops, past, present and future.