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Originally published Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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At Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, run off calories, make room for beer

The Fremont Oktoberfest 5K is being held Sunday, Sept. 22.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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One way to kick off fall: Run a race that ends at a beer garden.

Befitting the neighborhood’s idiosyncratic nature, Sunday’s 10 a.m. Fremont Oktoberfest 5K — the ultimate beer run — offers other alternatives, too.

Men weighing more than 220 pounds and women exceeding 175 pounds are eligible to compete in the Beer Belly Division and get a head start.

“We honor the most elite Oktoberfest athletes,” says creative director Phil Megenhardt, “those who have spent years indulging in Northwest microbrews, and who are sporting the much sought after beer belly!”

Runners also can compete with friends for multiple award categories: biggest team, fastest team and best-dressed team.

Preregistration is $25. That includes a seasonal beer for racers 21 years or older, and a Fremont Oktoberfest 5K T-shirt (guaranteed with registration by Thursday, Sept. 19).

For more information on the run and a street scramble, too: www.fremontoktoberfest.com

Fit & Fun is a weekly notice about active recreational opportunities in the Greater Seattle area. To suggest a future item, contact Richard Seven: rseven@seattletimes.com

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