Ninth Annual BTN Big 10K Goes Virtual
Registration is now open at www.btnbig10k.com
CHICAGO, Ill. – The ninth annual BTN Big 10K is transitioning to a virtual event in 2020, offering walkers or runners a chance to celebrate the Big Ten and participate in a 5K or 10K race on Sunday, July 26, from wherever they live.
Registration is now open at www.btnbig10k.com and for $20, runners will receive a school-specific shirt, B1G branded running buff/headband, race bib and finisher’s certificate. Runners will also have access to a BTN Big 10K Spotify playlist which includes school fight songs and other music curated for use while training or racing. Participants are able to race through their neighborhood, on the treadmill, through their local park or on their favorite trail and upload results on the website, share photos of the experience and download a finishers certificate through Saturday, Aug. 1.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Big Ten community to join together and show support for this historic event,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “I am truly looking forward to participating in my first BTN Big 10K this year and I hope that our tremendous alumni and fans will join me in an effort to stay healthy, support a charitable cause and represent their favorite Big Ten school. College sports have long offered a positive outlet to society, and while we all look forward to a day when that will be possible again, we know this race will bring our entire Big Ten family together with students, coaches, administrators, alumni and fans participating from around the globe.”
BTN and the Big Ten will be supporting three charities for this year’s race including longtime partners ALIVE Rescue, and Special Olympics Chicago, while also adding Feeding America for this year’s race. During registration, fans will have an option to donate directly to any of the three designated charities.
Registration for the event begins today and will continue through Friday, July 10. Race packets will be mailed to runners prior to race day and participants will also receive a virtual sponsor goodie bag with unique offers for BTN Big 10K racers. For runners who can’t compete on race day, the virtual race will be open for the following week.
“For the first time, Big Ten fans across the country and world will be able to participate in the BTN Big 10K no matter where they live,” said BTN president Francois McGillicuddy. “We look forward to the day when we will once again bring thousands of people together in Chicago, but we’re also proud to demonstrate how the Big Ten community showcases togetherness, even while walking and racing apart. We encourage everyone to join us on July 26 and represent their favorite Big Ten school in the BTN Big 10K.”
Participants are also encouraged to send and receive updates via the BTN Big 10K Facebook group.
About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,500 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.
About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 1,700 events across all platforms, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The Fox Sports App is the digital extension of the Big Ten Network, delivering live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. Network events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games, dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events, studio shows and classic games. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities, including the Emmy-nominated The Journey. The network is in more than 60 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Altice USA, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. BTN is also available through the majority of OTT providers, including AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, Hulu and fuboTV. For additional information, please visit www.btn.com.