Photos by Emily Hopkins
Do lederhosen cause chafing? Should you wear a sports bra with a dirndl? These are the kinds of questions I never considered before running this past Sunday’s Cambridge 5K Oktoberfest—part race, part party, and a heckuva lot of fun.
The race began in Kendall Square and ended at the Cambridge Brewing Company, where lederhosen and dirndl-clad runners hydrated with CBC’s Tall Tale Pale Ale and Great Pumpkin Ale and ate back all the carbs we burned in the form of Swiss Bakers pretzels. We’ve established previously that beer and running just make sense together, so it’s no surprise that Boston’s beer scene was well-represented, between Team Honest Pint, Notch Brewing, and Idle Hands, and many other beer-themed teams, including the winning team, the Bierfassrunners.
Post-race festivities included a lederhosen and dirndl competition and a dance-off between three backflipping, spinning, breakdancing finalists that was just as serious, if not more so, than the race. The winner (pictured above), told me:
“This is the proudest moment of my life. Everything has led up to this.”
You might be able to achieve that kind of bliss at Cambridge 5K’s next race, Yulefest, on Sunday, December 2 in Harvard Square. I’m already pondering serious questions like, would a Rudolph nose inhibit breathing, and how many seconds a Santa belly might add to my time…
Emily Hopkins was race-side to capture all the running and post-race shenanigans.