Kickoff in Style

LAKE FOREST, IL - The <!--Default NodeId For Chicago Bears is 115,2003--><A HREF=>Chicago Bears</A> are set to retrace their roots with the Chicago Bears Football Run presented by Bank One. Bears fans, staff, alumni, radio and television personalities and many others will participate in the three-day event, honoring the Bears previous homes in preparation for the opening of the new Soldier Field on Monday, Sept. 29.

The Football Run will begin in Decatur, the original home of the Chicago Bears, on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Central Park (One Central Park East). The run will pick up on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Champaign at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois (west side, corner of Kirby Ave. and First St.). A post-run party will be held in each respective city each day at Monical's from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for fans, media and runners.

Following the downstate tour, the ball will journey to Wrigley Field, the Bears home through 1970, on Friday, Sept. 26 where Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers will throw out the first pitch (the football) as the Cubs host Pittsburgh at approximately 2:00 p.m. The run will continue down the Lake Shore Drive bike path to Ditka's Restaurant, where Bears legends will take the ball down Michigan Avenue via a double-decker bus to Daley Plaza, site of the Bear Down Pep Rally. The pep rally begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. Jeff Joniak, Hub Arkush and Tom Thayer of WBBM News Radio 780 will host the pep rally. Also participating will be Bears alumni and personalities from WSCR and WXRT.

The run will be capped on Monday night at the re-opening of Soldier Field when Bears Hall of Famers, including George Blanda, Dick Butkus, Dan Hampton, Stan Jones, Gale Sayers and Mike Singletary, will present the ball at midfield.

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