- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
This was my 3rd Rahr Oktoberfest and all I can say is that it gets better every year! The DFWRuns marketing team does a great job promoting and organizing this race. The t-shirt designs are different every year but they never disappoint. This year's event catchphrase is my favorite by far: "I'm not the wiener but I wasn't the wurst!" It's etched on all of the finisher pint glasses.
Parking is always tricky around the brewery--they don't have a customer lot on their property--but you can always find a spot in the neighborhood. The pre-race logistics ran very smoothly--all IDs were checked as you arrived and there were plenty of port-a-potties available.
As everyone got lined up for the start, I noticed a few drones flying overhead with cameras attached. I'd never experienced that before but I'm sure this will catch on elsewhere if it hasn't already. The course was well-marked, with plenty of officers out managing traffic. My one tiny complaint for this run is with the aid stations--there was only one. Given that summer is still in full swing in Texas, I think a 2nd station would not go unappreciated. In any case, I'll probably carry an extra bottle with me next time.
There was plenty of water at the finish and lots of enthusiastic volunteers managing the crowd. One of my favorite things about Rahr runs is that you get 3 full pints with your entry. I've never managed to drink 3 full pints--there's no way I'd be able to drive home--but it's nice to have the option. :) The post-race festivities continued until late afternoon, with a ceremonial keg tapping, a costume contest, and several stein hoisting competitions. Lots of vendors--including local restaurants and food trucks--had set up booths around the brewery and were giving away samples.
The beer flowed freely and a good time was had by all!