Running Shoes and Lederhosen

Needed for Grand Events this Month

Here comes the annual Minster Oktoberfest and Grand Lake Marathon at Grand Lake St. Marys!

Lace up those running shoes, the 4th annual Grand Lake Marathon will take place Saturday, September 23, 2017. This fast, flat, Boston Marathon qualifying course begins & ends at Lake Shore Park in Celina, Ohio along the shores of beautiful Grand Lake St Marys. So if you’re a rookie or an old pro, escape the concrete jungle and head to the countryside to enjoy a quick loop around the Grand. It’s almost as if Grand Lake was designed to have a Marathon around it…the course is that smooth & flat! While in the country, enjoy friendly, entertaining groups cheering you on your way.  Also enjoy lots of great live music along your journey back to Lakeshore Park where you will be greeted by family & fellow runners as well as a terrific after party filled with music, drinks, & great local food.

If you’re more of a short distance runner there will also be a Half Marathon, the Grand Lake Marathon 5K, or you can even choose to do a relay with your friends. Also new this year…is the Senior Marathon. The Grand Lake Marathon truly has a race for everyone and every caliber runner. Participants & spectators of all races will also have the opportunity to meet Olympic Marathon Runner Jared Ward! Jared will be at the race and at the Expo, which takes place on Friday, September 22nd where runners will pick-up their race packets, mix & mingle with fellow runners, and visit various venders who will be on site to get you all geared-up for your BIG run!

There is still time to register and be a part of this amazing Marathon. To find out everything you need to know about the Grand Lake Marathon visit GrandLakeMarathon.com.

The following weekend, September 29th through October 1st, it will be time to put on your lederhosen and do the “Chicken Dance” as  the region’s largest German heritage festival, the Minster Oktoberfest takes place in Minster, Ohio.  This annual celebration attracts more than 60,000 people each year and is rated as one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the nation.  From singing and dancing to the taste of hearty German foods, the 42nd annual edition of this event will provide a fun filled time for all. Topping the list of free entertainment this year includes popular bands such as The Klaberheads, Autobahn, the happy Wanderers, Cincinnati Schnapps and Aaron and the Polka Revolution.

Mark your calendar, come to Oktoberfest and watch the spectacular gala parade on Sunday afternoon, featuring colorful floats and marching bands.  Take part in the beer tray relay, the 10K run, the Jug Hoist and a number of other games. Enjoy the car show, the arts and crafts booths and the Miss Oktoberfest Pageant.  Whether or not you share the German heritage, you may find yourself doing the Chicken Dance before the evening is over.  For more information, check out MinsterOktoberfest.com for a complete schedule of events. When it comes to having a great time the Minster Oktoberfest, ist wunderbar!