Join the Elm Grove Community Foundation and presenting sponsor, O'Donoghue's Irish Pub, along with your fellow beer-drinking fun friends for a day (actually more like 15 minutes) of 'pour running', underachievement, glory, and celebration to kick off Elm Grove's Oktoberfest!  Race proceeds will benefit the Elm Grove Community Foundation.  Race starts at 3:30 P.M. (check-in begins at 2 P.M. at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub) and will finish....well, at 3:35 P.M. at the Oktoberfest beer tent! SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER NOW!

This will be very fun, tongue-in-cheek event that will mimic the typical 5k....but will really be 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 welcome to participate with root beer, adults over 21 will be enjoying some great brews along the way.


The "0.5K Run" will start at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub - check-in will take place in the parking lot at 2:45 P.M. and the "race" will start promptly at 3:30 P.M. Conveniently, O'Donoghue's will provide all participants a free beer (beer station #1 of 3) before the start of the race, so get there early. Yay beer! Because of the physical nature of this event, there will be pre-"race" stretching and aerobics to get the heart pumping.  The costume contest will also take place at OD's (because who doesn't love seeing their neighbor dressed as Richard Simmons?).  The "race", will then head across Watertown Plank, down Elm Grove Street, to Juneau. At the corner of Legion and Juneau (beer station #2 of 3) participants must stop for one more beer, because Wisconsin, AM I RIGHT?!). Participants will then head into the village park where you will finish in a blaze of glory at the Oktoberfest tent (beer station #3)...which will conveniently be filled with MORE BEER! There will be a "Racer's Podium" (i.e. the Oktoberfest stage) so we can all relive the experience, talk about overcoming our hurdles, and take selfies to post on social media "I DID IT!!! I'M A FINISHER!! LOOK AT ME!!!" Oktoberfest organizers have offered all participants a free beer at the end of the race. Yay beer! Yay finishers! Yay selfies! And Yay goodies and medals!


$25 Early Bird Race Registration (through August 5)
$35 Race Registration (August 5 - October 1 or until we fill up)
$15 Kids Race Registration (Ages 2-12)

*Participation medals (everyone gets recognized for their achievements at this event, no matter how bad they are, because we are all about positivity and self-worth).
*Finish line paparazzi
*Live Music at OKTOBERFEST!


Uptown Automotive Group will be providing a complimentary Oktoberfest shuttle from satellite parking lots to O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub beginning at 1:40 p.m. Pick-ups will take place approximately every 15 minutes. Shuttle stop locations are:

• Community United Methodist Church (SE corner of main parking lot) - 14700 Watertown Plank Road

• Tonawanda Elementary School - 13605 Underwood River Parkway

Yes, we need them! Email for more information. We will take High School students too!

Please join us for a unique event that promises to be full of beer, friends, fun and fundraising for a great local charity.

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0.5K Fun Run