OTR 5K - A Summer Celebration 2019

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Name: OTR 5K - A Summer Celebration 2019
Date: May 17, 2019 - May 18, 2019
Event Description:
The 13th Annual OTR 5K – A Summer Celebration is OTR’s two-day kickoff to the start of summer in OTR! Presented by the Central Parkway YMCA, come welcome the return of summer with events in Washington Park such as Art on Vine the evening of Friday, May 17th, and then return for our 13th annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 18th at 9 AM with a summer celebration to follow, including 513 City Flea, live music and more! Don’t miss one of OTR’s biggest events of the year.

About the Races:

  • OTR 5K – Registration includes timing, t-shirt, Taste of Belgium waffle, drink ticket (beer, soda, water) and option for bag drop/drawstring bag drop.
  • Kids Race* – Race registration includes a “quarter-mile” run for 5 and under, and a “half-mile” run for ages 6-9 years. All participants receive a bib, medal and t-shirt. *Children over 9 years of age are invited to participate in the OTR 5K! 
  • Awards – Rookwood Pottery medals will be awarded to top male and top female in each age category (see list below), along with:
    • Top 3 overall male
    • Top 3 overall female
    • First male and female with stroller
    • First male and female walker
    • Age Categories: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35 -39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 -64, 65-69, 70+
Register for the race here.

OTR 5K Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When is the last day I can register online?
You can register online up until the race start. Just be sure to give yourself time to pick up your materials and get to the starting line!

What does registration include?
Registration includes timed chip start and finish, drink ticket (local beer, soda or bottled water), t-shirt, Taste of Belgium mini-waffle and option for bag drop/drawstring bag drop – all with the backdrop of an awesome OTR summer celebration! 

Is this only a run or can I walk?
You are welcome to walk or run. Strollers are welcome as well.

Who can participate in the run? 
Any 9 or over is welcome to walk/run in the OTR 5K. For younger kids, we offer a Kids Race at 10:00 am on the South Lawn: a ½ mile run for children ages 6-9, or a ¼ mile run for kids 5 and under. All Kids Race participants receive a bib, medal and t-shirt. 

Can I run with my dog?
Unfortunately, for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on the course. But they can be spectators! And PetWants will be on site in the park. Also Washington Park dog park will be open! 

What is the route for the race? 
You can view the course map here .

I heard about that hill on last year’s route. Does this year’s course include that hill on Vine & Mulberry?
It is the same course as 2018, which means the Vine & Mulberry St hill is included. However, we are excited to announce that Holtman’s Donuts will be joining us at the top of the hill to provide a sweet, donut-y treat for all runners to keep you motivated!

Will there be water on the course? 
Yes! Close to mile 2, our friends at the OTR Brewery District will be providing water for you (beer comes after!) to get you to that finish line.

Where do I get my packet before the race?
Packet Pickup is at the Central Parkway YMCA, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 16 and all day (5:00 am - 9:00 pm) on Friday, May 17. On race day, you can pick up your packet at registration at Washington Park.

I can’t get to packet-pickup. Can my friend pick-up their packet? 
Yes! No ID required, just let us know their information and we will make it happen!

When is the last day I can register online?
You can register online up until the race start. Just be sure to give yourself time to pick up your materials and get to the starting line!

Can I register on-site the day of the race?
We will have on-site registration for the race on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am. 

Is there anything happening on Friday besides packet pick up?
We are kicking off the Summer Celebration on Friday evening with Art on Vine vendors and local food trucks in Washington Park from 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Are there medals for the race?
Rookwood Pottery Medals will be awarded to the top male and top female in each age category (14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35 -39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 -64, 65-69, 70+) along with:
  • Top 3 overall male
  • Top 3 overall female
  • First male and female with stroller
  • First male and female walker

Where and when can I find my results from the race?
You’ll be able to see the results here as soon as the race has finished.  

Where does the money raised from the OTR 5K go?
Proceeds go towards attraction and retention of our incredible local businesses – who keep dollars staying local! 


The 2019 Course Map:
Event Media:
Location:
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, May 16:
  • 5:00 - 9:00 pm: Packet Pickup at Central Parkway YMCA
Friday, May 17:
  • All day (5:00 am - 9:00 pm): Packet Pickup at Central Parkway YMCA
  • 4:00 - 10:00 pm: Summer Celebration, including Art on Vine in Washington Park
Saturday, May 18:
  • 7:30 am: Race Day Registration Opens
  • 9:00 am: OTR 5k Run/Walk Starts
  • 10:30 am: OTR Kids' Race Starts
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Summer Celebration, including 513 City Flea, and Live Entertainment:
    • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - DJ Soul Step Records
    • 12:15 - 1:15 pm - Mark Robinson Band
    • 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Abby Vice
    • 2:45 - 4:00 pm - This Pine Box
Fees/Admission:

5k Summer Celebration Run/Walk

  • $30 through 2/28
  • $35 through 5/12
  • $40 through Race Day
  • $120 for Family of 4

Kids Race

  • $5 through 2/28
  • $10 through Race Day
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