Over 15,000 runners participated in the Nike-"Run Hit Wonder" 5k and 10k race in Grant Part on a warm summer night in Chicago, IL. This unique and popular race will hit four cities this year with stages set up along the runners trails to hear live performances from different bands before, during, and after the race. This year Nike picked Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as their exclusive headliners.
When the Blackhearts took stage, the pumped-up crowd rocked and rolled all night, song after song. The band sprinted with crowd favorites like "Light of Day", "Bad Reputation", "Love is Pain", and "Crimson and Clover". They then hurdled over some newer songs like "Naked" and "Five" and finally went into top-speed with their biggest hits "I Love Rock -n- Roll" and "I Hate Myself for Loving for You".
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts gave the thousands of runners who finished the race an additional hour of rock-aerobics including fist pumping in the air and jumping to the beat of each song. It seems like Nike's theme of their '05 event is right on when they say; Run Fast. Run Loud.