You’ve Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party
Rona, you don’t get to win this race, because we won’t be beat! We’re outrunning you. We will log the miles virtually and celebrate our victory in advance. And this will be the best 5K of the fall, so come one, come all!
The Oktoberfest 5K is for EVERYONE from speedsters and track stars to trailblazers and turtles. Are you a wannabe or “almost runner” who just can’t seem to get started? You know who you are! You’ve researched the perfect shoe, bought a slammin’ new running outfit so you don’t look like a newbie… or maybe a race is on your bucket list. Even if you’re a walker, I am telling you, this is the 5K to get you on your feet and moving forward one step at a time.
5K Your Way
There are no parking problems. No crowds. No long Porta Potty lines. No rain delays. There is no start gun or nervous, pre-race chitchat with other runners. You can take it to the streets, the trails or the Lake Carolyn Loop. You’re free to sprint, run, jog, walk or even skip. No official start time – just run or walk whenever you'd like (Now – October 31) from wherever you are! The world is your gym – though we’re partial to Irving.
The bling is in the bag. And your bag will include your bib, a performance Oktoberfest shirt, “The Race Is On” mask…. And most importantly your Finisher Medal! Personally, I love displaying my Irving Running Series pride.
Benefits Beyond the Bling: Run Forward & Give Back
All Irving Marathon Running Series events benefit Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation previously known as the Irving Healthcare Foundation to raise funds and awareness to battle childhood obesity at the elementary and middle school grades. Every time you participate, refer a friend or donate to Irving Marathon Running Series, you are impacting the current and future health of children via the irun program.
Everyone is a Winner
I love the energy and excitement of the starting line, but I also love the idea of no pre-race jitters. That’s why I think registering for the Virtual Oktoberfest 5K is a perfect way for beginning runners to get started stress-free. You can register now, train for almost 30 days, and consider it a training run. Not convinced? Here are a few more reasons why you need to register now:
1. No need to get up at O’dark thirty in the rain on a weekend morning.
2. It’s fall y’all so cooler weather is on your side.
3. You know that awkward moment when you’re wearing Nike and you just can’t do it? No one will be there to witness it.
4. Although there aren’t live competitors, you can still achieve your running goals and strive for personal records.
5. Walk, jog or run - you can go the distance!
However you 5K, you're welcome!
UPDATE : THE PARTY WAS HELD SATURDAY, BUT YOU CAN STILL REGISTER & RUN THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH!!!
On Your Mark. Get Set. Party.
Party on the Plaza, then 5K YOUR WAY!
In a unique twist on typical 5Ks, the Irving-Las Colinas Olympic Day Committee has joined the Irving Marathon Running Series to host a party for race participants in a safe and fun way before they race. Register and join me this Saturday at the Toyota Music Factory for packet and swag bag pick up… and a race party! The famous Olympic Rings will make a “pop up” appearance for photo opps, and a DJ Joe Vega will be spinning tunes.
Camaraderie Can’t be Beat
If you’re a runner, you already know that running fosters friendship, companionship and a sense of community. During covid, you may have been missing out on fun with your running buddies. This Saturday’s celebration is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow runners safely. During registration, you’ll be asked to pick a celebration time, thereby limiting the number of attendees at any one time. In Irving, we believe safety is the new sexy!
Nosh On This
This neighborhood living room is the place for you to refuel after a brisk walk or run - comfort, connection, community and great food! Another great reason to register now and attend the celebration tomorrow...
Two words: Limitless Pancakes. Loaded with energy-replenishing carbohydrates, flapjacks are a postrun favorite. Saturday, Nosh & Bottle Market will be serving up flippin’ delicious pancakes for your dining pleasure. Go ahead and order the pancakes with a side of pancakes. Then shop and eat to your heart's content, because the fine folks at Nosh are offering registered runners 20% OFF everything in the market. Are you one of those that wears the shirt “will run for wine?” This is a great opportunity to stock up.
Good Times on Tap
Are you a runner with a beer habit or a beer drinker with a running habit? Whichever the case, running and drinking beer seem to be synonymous with each other these days. Amiright?!? If so, you’re in luck, because Reservoir is ready to satisfy your craving for thirst-quenching brews. Just present your beer tickets. And if you’re still hungry after pancakes, they’ve got great grub and lots of it!