Join the Elm Grove Community Foundation and presenting sponsor Honest Teeth, along with your fellow underachievers for a day (actually more like 15 minutes) of glory and celebration to kick off Elm Grove's Annual Oktoberfest! Race proceeds will benefit the Elm Grove Community Foundation. The "race" (emphasis on the air quotes) will start at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub and will finish....well, at 3:45 P.M. at the Oktoberfest beer tent! SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER NOW!
"The World's Most Important Race in the History of the World, Ever" is a tongue-in-cheek event that will not only lampoon the typical 5K, but also those made-for-overachievers-obstacle-course-adventure-races (warning, this race is too short for adventure racing which means there is no adventure racing)! This race is more of a walk/run beer parade from O'Donoghue's Irish Pub to the Village Park Oktoberfest grounds to kick off the festivities. Children are encouraged to participate and will enjoy root beer along the course. Adults over 21 will enjoy some great brews along the way.
ABOUT THE RACE
The "Race" will start at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub - check-in will take place in the parking lot at 2:00 P.M. and the "race" will start promptly at 3:30 P.M. Because they are awesome, our friends at O'Donoghue's will provide all participants with a free beer (beer-aid station #1 of 3) before the start of the race, so get there early. Hooray for beer! The "race", will then head across Watertown Plank, down Elm Grove Street, to Juneau where you will encounter challenging obstacles. And by challenging, we mean 0.5K NOT challenging, there actually might be no challenges, unless drinking beer is considered a challenge?!?!? At the corner of Legion and Juneau (beer-aid station #2 of 3) participants must stop for one more beer, sponsored by our friends at Leinenkugel's, because you're in Wisconsin, AM I RIGHT?! The "Race" will continue into the village park where you will finish in a blaze of glory at the Oktoberfest tent (beer-aid station #3)...which will conveniently be filled with MORE BEER! It is here where the magic happens because now that you are a "Finisher", you can take a whole bunch of selfies, post them all over social media, and generally remind all of your friends just how superior you are to them. If you don't take a selfie and post it somewhere, did it even happen?! Exactly. The Elm Grove Community Foundation will offer a free beer at the end of the race. Yay beer! Yay finishers! Yay selfies!
EVENT DETAILS $30 EARLY BIRD Race Registration (through August 4, 2022) $40 August 5- September 17 $15 Kids Race Registration (Ages 2-12)
GOODIES AND FUN STUFF
IF YOU WANT A T-SHIRT ON RACE DAY - AND WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT THEY'VE ACCOMPLISHED - YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO AUGUST 30. REGISTRATIONS AFTER THAT DATE WILL NEED TO PICK UP THEIR SHIRT 2-3 WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT.
*T-shirts of course - you have got to show the world what you are made of!
*Pre-Race Program will start at 3P.M. and include a Prost Toast, Raise Your Glass, Best Dressed, a beer stein workout (think Richard Simmons), some German drinking games....think Jock Jams, German style and will finish up with the National Anthem, because we’re in America, right?
*Participation medals (everyone gets recognized for their achievements at this event, no matter how bad they are, because we are all about creating an environment of positivity and self-worth).
*MAKING A RETURN IN 2022, THIS IS FOR REAL UNDERACHIEVERS! PACE CAR! YES, once again we are going to have an OFFICIAL PACE CAR (thank you Uptown Automotive Group) leading you to the finish line. We want to make sure you don't take a wrong turn because that has happened and we care about your safety!
*Of course, fan favorites from last year will be back - the Beer (Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest) Root Beer (Henry Weinhards Craft Root Beer) station at the halfway point for an energy burst to the end AND a designated smoking section called nature, the medical tent (sponsored by Weber Physical Therapy), and The Rolling Stones* playing all their hits at the finish line. *Band subject to change...do you really think we can get the Rolling Stones? Yeah, you're right, we can't!
*Costume contests with prizes. Dress up in anything fun and zany! Cool sunglasses, cowboy hats, lederhosen, dirndls, pajamas, you name it. Come dressed for fun!
*Post-”race” party at the Village Park. Our friends at the beer tent will give you a free beer just for you being you. Hooray for beer!
*Live music at the finish
*The world's best accordion player returns again in 2022! Yes!!! He is one year better and therefore, likely the best accordion player you will hear in Elm Grove on that day. He’s taking requests, but please, no rap. Metal is fine, but no rap.
*Much, much, much more (as we think of things)
*Because last year was such a HUGE success, the festivities will kick off in the Elm Grove park on Friday, September 16, at 5pm with a ceremonial keg tapping, German and local beers and an array of food trucks. We will also enjoy the music of Evan and Tom Leahy, sponsored by Elliot's Ace Hardware, as we gear up for the big event! Evan and Tom will perform some Irish songs as well as acoustic guitar covers. You might have enjoyed listening to them at 53122 Day!
*Please note that on Friday, September 16, we will offer a packet pick-up (sponsored by Stewart Title) at the Village Park from 5PM - 8PM!
Uptown Automotive Group will be providing a complimentary Oktoberfest shuttle from satellite parking lots to O'Donoghue's Irish Pub beginning at 1:40pm. Pickups will take place approximately every 15 min. Shuttle locations are: Community United Methodist Church (SE corner of parking lot) - 14700 Watertown Plank Rd AND Tonawanda Elementary Parking lot - 13605 Underwood River Parkway. AND I know we mentioned it but they're the OFFICIAL PACE CAR OF THE 0.5K!
Yes, we need them! Email [email protected] for more information or CLICK HERE to register. Please pass the word to your friends. And we'll gladly put your high schooler to work too and give them a signed Community Service form.
Please join us for a unique event that promises to be full of beer, friends, fun and fundraising for a great local charity. SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER NOW!
IF YOU WANT A T-SHIRT ON RACE DAY - AND WHO DOESN'T WANT ONE OF THESE BAD BOYS - YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO AUGUST 30. REGISTRATIONS AFTER THAT DATE WILL NEED TO PICK UP THEIR SHIRT 2-3 WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT.
0.5K Oktoberfest Fun Run
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