C-U Oktoberfest 5K Dirndl Dash - 2nd Annual

in United States at Crystal Lake Park

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  • 5K individual registration
    To include Dirndl Dash zip hoodie and button, add $28

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  • Schnitzel Squad Regisration
    To include Dirndl Dash 5k zip hoodie and button, add $28

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  • Donation Only
    Race entry not included

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Event Benefits: DSC

Looking for a great way to jumpstart your C-U Oktoberfest Saturday? Join us at Crystal Lake Park for the 2nd Annual Dirndl Dash 5K! “The Dash” is just what serious - and maybe not so serious - runners need to start a festive day. We’ll have everything that makes Oktoberfest celebrations Uber Fun! Festive music, food, beverages and gifts!

Wear your best dirndl or lederhosen…
or just throw on your favorite running clothes and join us!

Race Features:

  • Chipped Timing
  • Scenic Park Course
  • Post-Race Activities
  • A Barrel of Fun!


Oh, Yes... We Have SWAG!!

  • Sweet Finisher Medal and age division awards
  • Golden Ticket for free entry to the evening’s Oktoberfest Celebration in downtown Champaign - $5 value!
  • A beer and pretzel to aid in your post-race recovery
  • The opportunity to order an exclusive C-U Oktoberfest 5K blanket and button

Schnitzel Squad

Link up with your friends and coworkers to form a Schnitzel Squad.

Create your Squad Name, devise a clever way to link your squad together and then try to keep up with your group -you must cross the finish line with your squad intact! Dress up and have fun!


For added motivation, become a Challenger to support the cause.

Get to know our race sponsors by collecting beads at their shops. Answer two questions at each location (the business will ask the questions, and maybe help with the answers), and receive a bead! Collect all the beads and you will receive the coolest iron-on patch EVER at packet pickup. Sponsor list t/b/a.

Fan Squad

Don’t want to run but still join the fun? Bring one friend, or bring them all and join a fan squad! Our fan squads will be lining the course to cheer on the runners as they dash!


Sorry No Radios, Strollers or Dogs Allowed in the Run. No Cancellations or Refunds Allowed. You must be present to win drawing prizes during the post-race party.

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else.

Post Dash

Time to Celebrate!

  • Festive music
  • Pretzels
  • Mug Root Beer
  • Oktoberfest Beer
  • Door Prizes
  • Overall and age division winners & awards
  • Longest Schnitzel Squad
  • Fastest Schnitzel Squad
  • Most Creative Schnitzel Squad
  • Recognition of our sponsors and awesome


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