Chicago 2016 News – Nike, Phelps, Oprah

Chicago 2016 announced its support for the Nike+ Human Race being held Sunday when more than 80 Chicago 2016 volunteers will be on hand at the world’s largest running event – a 10K race being held in 26 cities around the world.

Chicago’s race will start and end at Soldier Field and the bid committee will be there to promote Chicago’s 2016 bid and have an Olympic cheering section at the 2.75 mile mark of the race, where they’ll cheer on more than 12,000 competitors.

Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016 said, “Chicago has an avid track and field community and events like the Nike+ Human Race are a wonderful opportunity for Chicagoans to come together to train and compete. The Chicago skyline and parks will provide a perfect backdrop to the race and runners will utilize parts of the city that are included in our bid plan”.

According to a Chicago 2016 press release, runners are encouraged to pledge their miles to Chicago 2016, including miles run before and after the race using the Nike+ system.

Meanwhile Chicago 2016 officials said Thursday that gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps will be in Chicago next week to back the city’s bid.

Chicago 2016 spokesman Patrick Sandusky said, “we think it’s fantastic to have such an iconic Olympian be part of our bid and be here to support it”. He added Phelps supported Chicago’s bid even before his success in Beijing.

Phelps said in a statement it was a privilege to lend his support to the bid, adding, “it is truly an honour to be able to represent your country and to have the opportunity to do so in your own country would be an experience unlike any other”.

Phelps and about 150 other U.S. Olympic team members will be on the season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” September 8.

The talk show’s production company said Winfrey intends the show as a “welcome home celebration” and a chance to showcase Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games. The show is to be taped at Chicago’s Millennium Park.