Registration open for the Stein Dash 5K and the half-mile kids RootBeer Run at Oktoberfest Northwest

5Ks are fun. Beer is fun. Even Root Beer can be fun if you’re under 21! On Sunday October, 8th, the Oktoberfest Northwest’s Stein Dash 5K and  ½ Mile Kids Rootbeer Run, will take place at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup!

The Stein Dash is the “Ultimate Beer Run” with three beer stops along the way (that’s one for every mile).  3.1 miles is no marathon, but it still requires a pit stop (or three). So, in the Oktoberfest spirit, with stein in hand, runners (or shufflers) will stop at each pit stop, fill their stein with a different beer at each stop: Chug, sip, sample, taste – it’s all about style – just drink the beer and get back on the course because the clock keeps ticking. Runners do not have to stop at the Beer stops.  The Stein Dash 5K is a an all ages event however 21 + only permitted to drink beer. Water will be available.

The Finish Line will take runners right into the amazing Munich-style Festhalle at Oktoberfest Northwest, where the first refreshing free beer will be awarded.  Drink tickets can also be used for wine or cider inside the Festhalle. Those 21 and under or those that do not drink, can get root beer instead at the Root Bier Garden. The rest of the day is then to be enjoyed at Oktoberfest Northwest, since entry to the event is included in race registration.

Kids 10 and under can register now for the Rootbeer Run, a 1/2 Mile Kids Run with the same premise as the Stein Dash: Run, Chug Run! At the ¼ way mark, kids will be greeted with a 5 oz root beer to chug in the root beer garden before racing to the finish line. All registered kids will receive a running cape and gift at the finish line!

On-site registration and race packet pick-up starts at 9:00 am on Sunday, Oct. 8th at the start line. This is where the official commemorative tasting stein will be presented, along with the race packet including a bib number for the adults and a ‘racing cape’ for the kids! The Stein Dash kicks off 10:30 am and the ½ Mile Kids Rootbeer Run starts at noon.

Register now through September 22nd for only $35.  The price will increase to $40 from September 23rd to October 5th. After this date, registration increases to $45. Pre-race packet pick-up at Road Runner Sports in Kent on Saturday, October 7th, and on race day. Register NOW:

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PROMO CODE: Want to save $5? Register before September 23rd using promo code OKTOBERFEST to save $5 off registration fee for Stein Dash only.

Aside from the race, Sunday, October 8th at Oktoberfest Northwest will be jam-packed with additional activities including authentic German beer, food, free activities for kids and entertainment throughout the entire weekend. Plus, the 11th Annual Wiener Dog Races will also be taking place. The races run from noon until 4 pm and also include several costume contests. Guests can sign up their dashing dachshunds online at or on the day of the race, between 11 am – 12:00 pm. The Sports Haus will be playing football all day.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, go to

– Oktoberfest Northwest


** Link updated 12.3.19 **