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Vail Oktoberfest Fun Run offers 10K, 5K and 1K for runners of all ages

September 16, 2009 — Gather the kids, stretch the legs and enjoy a morning of friendly competition at the annual Oktoberfest Fun Run on Sunday, Sept. 20, in Vail Village. Benefiting the Children's Garden of Learning, the Fun Run is a sociable event for all ages.

“The Fun Run opens the final day of Vail Oktoberfest’s two-weekend festival,” said Natalie Fandrey of Highline Sports & Entertainment. “A benefit for the Children’s Garden of Learning, a preschool here in Vail, the event provides children, parents and singles a chance to celebrate Oktoberfest together for a worthy cause.”

Presented by First Bank, the Fun Run will start promptly at 9 a.m. on Sunday at Checkpoint Charlie on Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village. The course will cover a similar route to years past, heading east out of Vail Village and over towards the Vail Golf Course. Runners and walkers will then make their way back to Vail Village for a finish at Checkpoint Charlie.

Event categories include a competitive 10K, a 5K run/walk and a Kids’ 1K in which strollers are welcome. Pre-registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids and is now open at Onsite registration will also be available from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and costs $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

All participating children will receive a complimentary t-shirt, designed by four-year-old Maeve Courtney, as well as a kids’ goody-bag. The first 200 adult participants to arrive onsite on race day will receive complimentary t-shirts.

“We are thrilled that Highline Sports is again sponsoring the Children’s Garden for the Oktoberfest Fun Run,” said Children’s Garden of Learning Director DeeDee Hense. “It’s a terrific and fun event for our amazing school.”

In addition to the races, a silent auction will be held with many great items. And, participants 21-years-old and over may visit the famous Bloody Mary bar.

It’s all part of Vail Oktoberfest, Vail’s annual celebration of autumn held in Vail Village September 18-20. For a complete Vail Oktoberfest schedule and to register for the Oktoberfest Fun Run, visit

The Oktoberfest Fun Run is presented by First Bank and sponsored in part by the Odgen Family, Karats, Beaver Liquors, Vail Valley Animal ER, Alpine Bank, Slifer Smith & Frampton, Pazzos, Vail Daily, Highline Sports & Entertainment, JB t-shirts, Parents Handbook, General Store at Lionshead, the Mortiz Family, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Avon Bakery and Deli and Ruggs Benedict.

Vail Oktoberfest is presented by The Town of Vail, Beck’s and Jagermeister and is sponsored in part by Arrowhead Water, Klement’s, Betteridge, RockResorts, Loki, Isagenix International, A Sterling Affair, Vail Daily, TV8 the official TV station of Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts and KZYR the Zephyr.



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