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Charles Tillman hosting 5K run outside Soldier Field on Saturday
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has a message for those concerned about the weather for his inaugural “Peanut Tillman 5K/Walk & Kid’s Dash” outside of Soldier Field on Saturday.
“It’s Chicago,” Tillman said. “This is Bear weather.”
When Tillman last checked, around 450 people had registered for the event, which is hosted by his successful Cornerstone Foundation and Lakeview-based running store Universal Sole. Registration is open into Saturday.
“I’ll be out there cheering everybody on,” Tillman said Wednesday. “I’ll be at the finish line.”
Tillman is the Bears’ most distinguished pending free agent. Come Tuesday, he’s open to sign with another team if a deal isn’t reached with the Bears.
What will he tell fans Saturday who want him to stay in Chicago?
“I’ll end up where I’m supposed to be,” Tillman said. “Just let the situation play out.”
Tillman, who won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his charitable work last month, and his wife, Jackie, have hosted all sorts of functions through their foundation, which provides assistance to children with serious illnesses and their families. But this is their first 5K event.
“It’s about doing what you’re passionate about, just raising money to try to bless and help other people, to try to serve some other people,” Tillman said.
Tillman commends Jackie, an avid runner, for the 5K idea. (She runs with groups out of Universal Sole.) The goal is to make it a yearly event where families get involved and groups dress up like in other short races.
“The elbow grease I put in is nothing as near as what my wife does,” said Tillman, who also commended the efforts of his foundation’s organizers and Universal Sole. “I’m just a race car, and everybody else, they’re the pit crew. They’re the ones that make me look good. Without them, I am nothing.”
Tillman’s event also includes pre- and post-parties inside Soldier Field’s United Club.
That should help runners deal with the “Bear weather” on Saturday.
“People don’t have to be worry about being cold,” Tillman said. “They actually have a chance to warm up inside.”
When: 9 a.m. Saturday (Check in: 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Soldier Field; 1410 Museum Campus Drive
Costs: $40 ($20 for children 12 and under) at runningguru.com; $50 on race day