Festivus One Miler: 5280 Feets of Strength

Sat December 14 - Tue December 31 Milwaukee, WI US 53202 Directions
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The Festivus One Miler (Un-Holiday Fun Run)

12/31 3:00PM CST - 10:00PM CST
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VIRTUAL Festivus One Miler

Brady Street
Milwaukee, WI US 53202

Air your grievances with the rest of us as you walk or run at the 4th Annual Festivus One Miler: 5280 Feets of Strength. Milwaukee's Un-Holiday Fun Run! We promise to be tinsel free and provide nothing but explainable miracles. Race start is 3pm!

Can't make the race? RACE VIRTUALLY and your packet will be mailed to you.

*Please note: This event is not officially timed, but there will be a clock at the start/finish.

What You Get

All Festivers Receive:

-Finisher's Pole Medal (doubling as a magnetic bottle opener)

-Festivus Socks

-Mini Beer at course turnaround

-Post-Race Beer at one of Brady's participating bars

-And naturally, the (optional) Airing of Grievances Ceremony


-Optional Add-On Festivus Tee or Sweatshirt (apparel pre-sales have ended - check out available apparel items at packet pick-up and race day!)

-Optional Add-On Festivus Winter Beanie, Scarf, or Mittens (pre-sale still available!)


October 16 - October 31: $25

November 1 - November 30: $30

December 1 - December 14: $35

Virtual: $30 (includes shipping)

This event does have a registration cap of 400. Early registration is suggested!

Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-Up
When: Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 (Race day pick-up available but strongly discouraged)
Time: Friday 11am-7pm | Saturday 12:00pm-2:45pm
Where: Nomad World Pub | Brady Street, Milwaukee

*Someone may pick up your packet for you. There is no waiver needed.

Festivus Apparel!

Festivus Apparel is available to purchase for anyone! There is no need for a race registration. Check out the items here.

Apparel will be mailed within 2 business days. 

Please note: Items will not be available until December 15.


You may transfer your registration to another participant, or to the Virtual 5k, from your account on Run Sign Up, up until 1 day before the event (December 13).
1) Log in on Runsignup.com
2) Click "Profile" on the top right-hand side of the page
3) Click "Manage Registration" under the "Upcoming Events" section in the middle of the page
4) Transfer Event or Transfer to Another Runner (Depending on your chosen option- listed at the top of the page on the top right)
*Fees may apply

What is Festivus?

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 (The One Miler is early in the month to avoid the holiday craziness!) and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles". It is "a Festivus for the rest of us".

Customary practices
"Happy Festivus" embroidered on a yarmulke.

The holiday, as portrayed in the Seinfeld episode, includes practices such as the "Airing of Grievances", which occurs during the Festivus meal and in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed them over the past year. After the meal, the "Feats of Strength" are performed, involving wrestling the head of the household to the floor, with the holiday ending only if the head of the household is pinned.

Festivus pole
In the episode, the tradition of Festivus begins with an aluminum pole. Frank Costanza cites its "very high strength-to-weight ratio" as appealing. During Festivus, the pole is displayed unadorned. According to Frank, "I find tinsel distracting."

Dan O'Keefe credits fellow Seinfeld writer Jeff Schaffer with introducing the concept. The aluminum pole was not part of the original O'Keefe family celebration, which centered on putting a clock in a bag and nailing it to a wall.

Festivus dinner
In "The Strike", a celebratory dinner is shown on the evening of Festivus prior to the Feats of Strength and during the Airing of Grievances. The on-air meal shows Estelle Costanza serving a sliced reddish meatloaf-shaped food on a bed of lettuce.In the episode no alcohol is served at the dinner, but George's boss, Mr. Kruger, drinks something from a hip flask.

The original holiday dinner in the O'Keefe household featured turkey or ham as described in Dan O'Keefe's The Real Festivus.

Airing of Grievances
The "Airing of Grievances" takes place immediately after the Festivus dinner has been served. In the television episode, Frank Costanza began it with the phrase, "I got a lotta problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!" It consists of each person lashing out at others and the world about how they have been disappointed in the past year.

Feats of Strength
The Feats of Strength are the final tradition observed in the celebration of Festivus, celebrated immediately following (or in the case of "The Strike", during) the Festivus dinner. The head of the household selects one person at the Festivus celebration and challenges them to a wrestling match. Tradition states Festivus is not over until the head of the household is pinned. In "The Strike", however, Kramer manages to circumvent the rule by creating an excuse to leave. The Feats of Strength are mentioned twice in the episode before they take place. In both instances, no detail was given as to what had happened, but in both instances, George Costanza ran out of the coffee shop in a mad panic, implying he had bad experiences with the Feats of Strength in the past. What the Feats of Strength entailed was revealed at the very end of the episode, when it took place. Failing to pin the head of the household results in Festivus continuing until such requirement is met.

Festivus miracles
Cosmo Kramer twice declares a "Festivus Miracle" during the Festivus celebration in the Costanza household. Kramer causes the occurrence of two "miracles" by inviting two off-track betting bookies to dinner with Elaine (men whom Elaine wished to avoid), and by causing Jerry's girlfriend Gwen to believe that Jerry was cheating on her.

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