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Air your grievances with the rest of us as you walk or run at the 3rd Annual Un-Holiday Festivus One Miler: 5280 Feets of Strength. We promise to be tinsel free and provide nothing but explainable miracles.
The in-person event has passed, but you can still RACE VIRTUALLY and your packet will be mailed to you.
All Virtual Festivers Receive:
-Finisher's Pole Medal (doubling as a magnetic bottle opener)
-Non-Holiday Winter Mittens
-And naturally, the (optional) Airing of Grievances Ceremony on Social Media
-Optional Add-On Festivus Tee or Sweatshirt
-Optional Add-On Festivus Winter Beanie Hat and/or Scarf
Virtual Registration will be open until December 31 - $30
The in-person event has passed.
*This event does have a registration cap of 500 so early registration is encouraged
Packet Mailing: Virtual race packets will be mailed within 2 business days.
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 8.
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 6).
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
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".
"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.
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.
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.
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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