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Sunday, October 27, 2024 8:00 AM Columbia, MD 21045 US Directions
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$60 $45 8:00AM EDT Price increases after April 7, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual 5-Miler

$60 $45 Price increases after April 7, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD US 21045


Join us for the 2024 Oktoberfest 5-Miler presented by Altra in Howard County! Celebrate this fall tradition with great swag and an awesome post-race party at Hysteria Brewing Company! A portion of the race proceeds benefit Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County.

Race Details



$40 through 12/31/23
$45 1/1/24 through 4/7/24
$50 4/8/24 through 7/31/24
$55 8/1/24 through 10/20/24
$60 10/21/24 through Race Day (or when the event sells out)

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event. Information on transfers and deferrals can be found below.

Course Time Limit: The Oktoberfest 5-Miler has a course time limit of 1 and 1/2 hours (this is calculated from the time your wave crosses the start line). 

Want to run for free? With our referral program you can have your registration fee refunded!

Here is how it works:
1. Register online for the Oktoberfest 5-Miler presented by Altra.
2. Receive a unique referral link via your confirmation page and email.
3. Share this link with your friends, family or post on social media.
4. After 5 registrants sign up using your unique referral link you will automatically receive a refund of your registration fee.


Saturday, October 26 from 10AM-2PM
Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

Sunday, October 27 (Race Day) from 6:30 AM - 7:50 AM
Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

*Packet Pickup locations and times are subject to change. Final Packet Pickup information will be sent in pre-race emails.

If you wish to pick up someone else's packet you must present their pre-race email that contains their QR code.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.


We have created a virtual race option for those who would like to participate but are unable to attend the in-person race. Here's how the virtual race works:

1. Register for the virtual event, and sign up for text or e-mail notifications
2. Your race swag will be available for pickup at our Saturday packet pickup, or can be mailed to you at no additional cost. We will begin mailing VIRTUAL race packets on October 29th.
3. You'll receive a text or email (if you opt in) when the race "starts" on October 26th.
4. Run your race and submit your results either by text message or email (if you've opted in) or by heading to the results page here by October 27th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time). Results update in real time as people submit their times. Be sure to take a selfie and post on social media with the hashtags #charmcityrun and #oktoberfest5miler
5. Sit back and enjoy your race swag!

Virtual race performances are not eligible for the overall event awards.



Awards will be given as follows:

  • Top three overall male, female and non-binary runners
  • Top male and female overall master (40 and over)
  • Top three male and female in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+

Please note: Awards are offered for the in-person event only. There will be no overall or age-group awards for the virtual run.


All registrants will receive a unique race-themed finisher medal, short sleeve tri-blend race shirt, on course aid station support, post-race snacks, and complimentary beer from Hysteria Brewing (runners 21+). (2023 medal pictured below)           



This race begins at Charm City Run Columbia and then ventures around Lake Elkhorn, crossing several wooden bridges with scenic water views, shady autumn foliage and features a festive finish line.


To make sure that everyone has room on the trail to run at their desired pace, we will use three starting corrals. Placement in corral will be determined by the estimated finish time that you entered during the registration process. Your starting corral will be noted on the back of your bib. The first corral will start at 8:00AM and each subsequent corral will start shortly thereafter.


After you hit the finish line the party starts! Runners 21+ can enjoy a complimentary beer from Hysteria Brewing Company, and we'll have plenty of post-race snacks to enjoy. The indoor taproom is also open for additional beer purchases. Hang out, enjoy the music, shop our CCR Mobile Store, and celebrate with friends!


At Charm City Run our goal is to safely train people from the new runner to the advanced marathoner. Our coaches and your fellow runners will help you reach your goals - whether you are aiming to finish your first race or achieve a new personal record.

The journey is just as important as the race and we want to make it a fun and enjoyable experience. This is why we believe a group atmosphere is the best way to train for a long run. We strive to help you achieve your goal safely by a gradual increase in your training.

For more information about Charm City Run Training Groups click here.


The charitable beneficiary for the Oktoberfest 5-Miler continues to be Bridges to Housing Stability, a local organization whose mission is to provide a path to self-sufficiency to prevent and end homelessness through affordable housing solutions and advocacy in Howard County, Maryland.


Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help out? We couldn't do it without our many volunteers! There are lots of opportunities to get involved at the Oktoberfest 5 Miler presented by Altra. Click here to learn more and sign up. Don't forget - volunteers are eligible for our Volunteer Incentive Program where you can earn free entries to your favorite Charm City Run races!

Refund, Deferral, Transfer, and Cancellation Policies

We want to be completely transparent with our policies regarding refunds, deferrals, and cancellations. If you are interested in signing up for this race please read this section carefully prior to registering. All interested participants will be shown these policies during the registration process and must agree to adhere to them in order to be admitted to the event.


Race registration fees (and the processing charge from RunSignup) are not refundable. These funds are used to pay for race premiums, permits, supplies, staffing, and other costs incurred before, during, and after the event is held. To be consistent and fair to everyone we cannot make exceptions to this policy.


We offer the option for registrants to defer their entry to the following year's event based on Charm City Run's General Deferral fee schedule:

Until October 13, 2024 (2 weeks prior to race day) - $15.00
October 14, 2024 - October 26, 2024 - $30.00

 Registrants may defer their entry by going into their profile on and choosing "Manage Registration" next to the race.


We offer the option for registrants to transfer their entry to another eligible participant up to October 26, 2024. After this deadline passes we are unable to allow transfers as race materials have been prepped for the event. Again, to be consistent and fair to everyone we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Registrants may transfer their entry to another registrant by going into their profile on and choosing "Manage Registration" next to the race.


2020 showed just how unpredictable our world can be, and the running industry was certainly no exception. We know that it's important to have as much information at your disposal when making a decision whether to sign up for a race or not, and we want you to know exactly what your options will be should the 2024 in-person race not be able to take place as originally planned. Our regular cancellation policy found here covers scenarios that could prompt the cancellation of an event including weather, local emergencies, public health emergencies, etc. If you have any questions about our cancellation policy please email us at PRIOR to registering.



OKTOBERFEST 5-Miler presented by Altra: A Charm City Run Signature Event

The OKTOBERFEST 5-Miler presented by Altra is owned and operated by Charm City Run Events, a race management and production company located in the Baltimore region with races throughout the state of Maryland. Charm City Run Events is committed to providing a unique and supportive race environment to participants of all faces and paces. Like most runners, we live for the spirit of race day. We love watching friends cross their first finish line together and competitive runners hitting that PR. We also love the celebration afterwards (especially if there's a free beer at the finish!). From 5Ks to Half Marathons, Charm City Run Events offers some of the best in racing in the Mid-Atlantic region! For more information, please click here.

With eight store locations around Maryland, Charm City Run is a Running & Walking Specialty company that is committed to fitting every customer in the "right" shoe.  If you are training for your next event or just looking for something comfortable to wear day-to-day stop in and check us out! Learn more at


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