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C-U Oktoberfest

2nd Annual C-U Oktoberfest 5K Dirndl Dash

Saturday, October 7th - Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. - Race starts at 11:00 a.m. - Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL - 5K Individual Early Registration Cost: $30 ($35 after 10/1)

Join the fun in the 2nd Annual Dirndl Dash! What a way to start out Oktoberfest by having some fun with friends and exercise. Run or walk...the choice is yours!

Crystal Lake Park, with its well established 5K route, will provide a beautiful surrounding for a fun morning event! Participants are encouraged to invite friends and wear their best dirndl and lederhosen. All participants will receive a free commemorative Oktoberfest stein and a finisher's coin when crossing the finish line.

The Dirndl Dash Run/Walk is kicking off a day of festivities in celebration of the 5th Annual C-U Oktoberfest. The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food held in downtown Champaign. Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music...mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Beer from local brewers will be available. Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen and dance the nigh away! Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the C-U Oktoberfest festivities benefit DSC to help further their mission, "DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life."

For information on where to park, please click below.

How Do I Register?

Simply click this link!

Race Features

Crystal Lake Park ~ Chipped Timing ~ Awesome Swag ~Zipper Logo Hoodies ~ Sweet Finishing Coins ~ Schnitzel Squads ~ Fan Squads ~ Post Race Activities ~ A Barrel of Fun!

Schnitzel Squads, Challengers, and Fan Squads

Schnitzel Squad: Early Registration Cost: $25 for each registrant ($30 after 10/1)

Grab your friends and co-workers and sign up as a Schnitzel Squad!

Come up with a Squad Name; and a way to keep your Squad linked the entire race. Dress up - have fun!

Awards given to the FASTEST-Squad, The most-creative Squad, and The Longest Squad (most connected Squad members)!


Get to know our race sponsors by collecting beads at each business (you will receive a list before packet pick up)! Answer two questions at each location (the business will give you the questions, and maybe help with the answers), and receive a bead!  Collect all the beads and at packet pickup you will receive the coolest iron-on patch EVER! Wear it proudly because you are among the uber special! 

Fan Squad

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

The Fan Squads are coming! 

Finish Line

You will be presented with a finishers coin that you can flash to your friends!! Awesome!

Race Map

A view of the course map is below. Racers will run two loops to complete the 5K.

  • Race Map with Fan Squad Locations
    Race Map with Fan Squad Locations

    Check out your Fan Squads!

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to become a sponsor for this fun-filled event, please click the link below or contact the Sponsorship Committee Members listed below.


Sponsorship Committee

Bob Ballsrud at (217) 351- 2707 or

Rebecca Bedinger at (217) 390-2189 or

Margie Roberts at (217) 841-8674 or


Additional Information about C-U Oktoberfest

11am-2pm                    Dirndl Dash ~ Crystal Lake Park

3:00pm                        Party Begins ~ Downtown Champaign

3:00pm-6:00pm        Family and Children's Activities

4:00pm-8:00pm        Die Musikmeisters - Live Music

8:30pm-10:00pm       The Polkaholics - Live Music

10:30pm-Midnight     Bolzen Beer Band - Live Music



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