Before the race, you really got a sense of the theme. This race is put on by a local restaurant and the schools foundation, which also has an Oktoberfest dinner auction coming up. There were people (and animals!) all over with brat-like attire, as well as a German oompah band. This is a relatively new event, and participated doubled this year to 865 people. As a result, the race was delayed ten minutes before the starter's gun went off.
The four of us started out running, as the pack was bearing down on us and it was in our self-interest not to get run over. After things sorted out a bit, my wife took off with my eleven year old, while I walked with our eight year old. My older son ended up running away from all of us, finishing in 37 minutes.
The rest of us mixed walking and running the rest of the way. For me, the race was part social, as I knew lots of fellow runners and race volunteers. I even saw a colleague in front of his house on the route and stopped to say hi to his two year old daughter.
When my eight year old and I turned for home, we ran the final straightaway, the longest run interval of the race for us. Our time (51 minutes) didn't matter, given our stops and his youth. I was so proud of both of my boys for doing the 5K. They did a kids triathlon this summer and we're going to look for more of these events to do as a family.
After the race, we got in line for the race's namesake, and the brats really did taste good!
|The shirts were well designed and got everybody in the spirit of things.|
|Even the pets got into the theme.|
|The cool, dry weather was good for running, but not for picture taking.|
|Ahh...the brats. They tasted especially good after the race.|