Soccer star Hope Solo eager to run Chicago Marathon with fans
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter August 21, 2011 9:52PM
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 21: U. S Women's goalkeeper Hope Solo throws out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs St Louis Cardinals game on August 21, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:28AM
U.S. Women’s soccer star Hope Solo is looking for a few good running partners to jog with when she and teammates Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.
Thirteen applicants will be chosen to run two-mile legs each of the 26.2-mile race. The soccer players have not yet decided how many miles each will run.
The soccer trio, who thrilled the nation with a second-place finish in the World Cup last month in Germany, are participating in the marathon’s “Let’s Run Together” charity campaign.
“The campaign very much parallels us and our team and what we did this summer in Germany regarding teamwork,” said Solo on Sunday night after throwing out the first pitch at the Cubs game.
The marathon, which takes place Oct. 9 and hosts 45,000 runners, raised $12 million for charity last year.
Applicants can apply at facebook.com/chicagomarathon.
Things have been busy for Solo, who recently inked a Gatorade endorsement deal worth a reported $100,000.
“It really has been a whirlwind since we came back,” said Solo, 30. “I’m still putting all the pieces together. Things haven’t really slowed up all that much.
“But I’m taking steps forward knowing that we’re helping the sport. We’re bringing notice to the women’s game. So I haven’t let myself get too awestruck, too starstruck.”
Her golden retriever helps keep her grounded. “His name is Leo, because I’m a Leo.”
Solo does not know Chicago that well, but can find her way to Michigan Avenue.
“I love the shopping,” quipped Solo, who sported jeans and long turquoise feathered earrings Sunday at the Cubs game.