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By Carrie Sampron | Agent in Highlands Ranch, CO

Highlands Ranch Colorado Oktoberfest, 5K Run and Fireworks Celebration

Highlands Ranch Colorado Oktoberfest, 5K Run and Fireworks Celebration

Event: Oktoberfest 2012, 5K Run and Fireworks Celebration

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Town Center South

It's wondeful to see that the Highlands Ranch fireworks have been rescheduled in connection with this year's Oktoberfest celebration. Hope to see many of you there! The Target parking lot is usually a great place to park and see the fireworks.

New to the Oktoberfest 5K and 100 Yard Dash! The Chug and Dash!!

To honor the true German tradition of Oktoberfest, we are adding an option to our already popular Oktoberfest 5k / 100 yd Dash. After crossing the 5k finish line you will have the option of either sprinting to the finish line or "pausing" to chug a 10oz beer and then continue on with your 100 yd dash. This is an entirely free option (including the beer)! You must sign in race morning with your picture ID to get your bib marked. 

The Oktoberfest course is well suited for all ability levels. After the race, plan to stick around for giveaways and post race activities. Then get ready to polka, enjoy German food and Oktoberfest activities. The Oktoberfest in Town Center starts after the race.  Please be aware of parking and traffic prior to the race.

The 100 Yard Sprint sponsored by Boulder Running Company!!!
This year we will continue with our 100 yard sprint tradition. At the end of the 5k there will be an additional 100 yard sprint. The fastest male & female for this portion will receive a free pair of running shoes of their choice from Boulder Running Company. The 100 yard sprint adds a competitive twist to our 5k. Awards will be presented to the 5k winners as well as the sprint winners. The 100 yard sprint is included in the race fee and is located at the end of the 5k. There will be an additional timing mat where the 5k ends and the 100 yard sprint begins.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Race Map

Location: Town Center, 9352 Dorchester Street (The start/finish line is at the Ridgeline/Dorchester intersection. The 100 yard dash will finish in front of Lansdowne Arms.

Parking: Please park in the parking garage or at Town Center North(Target parking lot) or open spots in the surrounding streets. Some streets may be closed due to the Oktoberfest so you might want to arrive early.


  • Early Bird Registration: $30 (ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, September 8th)
  • 2 weeks prior to race registration: $35 (ends at 12:00 pm on Friday, September 21st)
  • Race Day Registration: $40 (starts at 11:30 am on race day)

*Race fees are non-refundable

Registration:  Prerace.com

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact the race director. 

Early Bird Packet Pick Up:  TBD

Packet Pick Up: Start/finish line. Opens 11:30 a.m.

Beer: A sponsor will provide free beer at the race site. Please note that once you enter the Town Center Oktoberfest area away from the race site the beer that they serve is not free.

Oktoberfest Celebration:

Gather your family and friends together for this great cultural event with authentic German food, music, and, of course, great biers from Paulaner, and live entertainment. It’s an evening of non-stop entertainment for the kids, too. Children will enjoy magic, balloons, and games until their hearts are content.

Join in the celebration! Vendor Application

Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from the 4th of July)

  • Family & Children's Entertainment
  • Live Music
  • Games, Rides & Inflatables for the Kids
  • Magician/Balloon Artist
  • Dachshund Races - Gift Baskets for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

Don't miss the Annual Dachshund Races!
Register your Dachshund between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm at the event. Races will being at 3:00 pm sharp! Also, this year will feature a prize for the Best Dress Dachshund! Sponsored by Baxter Boo.

Dachshund Race winners, left to right, were Buddy with owner Marcie Balderson, Tucker with owner Phyllis Rogers, and Ginger with owner Adam Swietek.

Schedule of Events:
2:00 p.m. - Tapping of the 1st Keg
2:30 p.m. - Dachshund Race Registration
3:00 p.m. - Dachshund Races
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - die Edelsteiner (German Band)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Denver Kickers (German Dancers)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - The Chalet Dancers
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Mint Edition (Rock & Roll)

Helga's German Restaurant & Deli, Bernie's Hot Dog Co., Gigi's Cupcakes, Cold Stone Creamery

You may also call 303-471-8870 for more information.

It's wondeful to see that the Highlands Ranch fireworks have been rescheduled in connection with this year's Oktoberfest celebration. Hope to see many of you there! The Target parking lot is usually a great place to park and see the fireworks.


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