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The Un-Holiday Festivus One Miler: 5280 Feets of Strength

Sat December 8, 2018 Milwaukee, WI US 53202 Directions
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The Un-Holiday Festivus One Miler

$25 3:00PM CST - 10:00PM CST Price increases after November 30, 2018 at 11:59pm CST
Place
Brady Street
Milwaukee, WI US 53202
Description

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 on Brady Street in Milwaukee! We promise to be tinsel free and provide nothing but explainable miracles. The Airing of Grievances will begin at 3pm. 

Please note the new race start time of 3pm for 2018!

What You Get

All Festivers Receive:


-Finisher's Pole Medal (doubling as a magnetic bottle opener)
-Non-Holiday Winter Mittens
-Mini Beer near course turnaround
-Finisher's Beer at one of many participating Brady Street bars + discounts all night long!
-Hunger Task Force Food Drive
-And naturally, the (optional) Airing of Grievances Ceremony

 

-Optional Add-On Festivus Tee or Sweatshirt

-Optional Add-On Festivus Winter Beanie Hat and/or Scarf

Take part in the Festivus challenges and activities at participating establishments all evening long!

Registration

Now- October 15: $20
October 16- November 30: $25
December 1- December 7: $30
Event Day Registrations: $35


*This event does have a registration cap of 500 so early registration is encouraged

Packet Pick-Up

When: Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 (Race day pick-up available)
Time: Friday 11am-7pm | Saturday 12:00pm-2:45pm
Where: Nomad World Pub | Brady Street, Milwaukee

*Please note: This race is not officially timed, but will have a clock at the start/finish for your records

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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