Free Brat and Beer at the 4th Annual Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run in Keystone

Summer is well underway and Fall will be here before you know it, with kids back to school, cooler temperatures and of course, Oktoberfest celebrations. Send off summer right with one last mountain getaway in Keystone over Labor Day weekend.

The 4th annual Das Bier Burner 5K is scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Keystone.  This fun ‘beer’ run features a smooth course over rolling hills, mostly on a paved bike path, starting and finishing in Keystone’s River Run Village.


Runners will enjoy the serene setting and great mountain views throughout the race!  All ages are welcome and this event is family-friendly; you can even push a stroller if you want to run with your little ones! Every runner receives a reusable goody bag and t-shirt at check-in, as well as a free brat and a beer (for those over 21+) after the race!  Come up early on Friday night to get a good night’s rest and check-in early from 1 – 8 pm at the SummitCove check-in office. All registered runners receive 35% off weekend lodging with SummitCove.  If you can’t make it on Friday, get checked in for the race near the River Run Village entrance on Ida Belle drive from 8:45 – 11:30 am on Saturday morning. Same day registrations will be accepted unless the race has already sold out, but same-day t-shirts are not always a guarantee, so why not register now?

This event supports charity partner, the SOS Outreach. This non-profit organization works with underprivileged youth, ages 8 – 18, to promote growth, skills and personal development through outdoor sports programs such as skiing, mountain biking and climbing.  A portion of the proceeds of this event go directly to the Summit County SOS Outreach group. You will see some of their kids out on the course on race day cheering you on!


The race starts at 12pm with a mass start and heads out towards East Keystone down Montezuma road.  Soon the course heads south, up and around Settler’s Creek Townhomes and down near the Snake River. Runners will kick it into high gear as they pass by the gondola and head into the finish, lapping around River Run as they are cheered on by the SummitCove Yeti and other fans armed with lots of cowbells!


This event is nothing but fun for everyone involved! Costumes are highly encouraged, whether it’s your Yeti suit, lederhosen or dirndls! A ‘Best Costume’ prize will be awarded during the prize ceremony.  Whether you enjoy a leisurely jog, fast-paced walk or are obsessed with coming in the top 10, this race is for you. If you are one of those hoping to cross the finish line first, you are in for some great prizes! Prizes change from year to year, but past year’s prizes have included custom event beer steins, Freshie’s gift baskets, zip lining tours, free lodging in Keystone, sports equipment, snowmobiling, beer socks and more!

Keystone Oktoberfest kicks off directly after the race at 1pm, which is where you can enjoy your complimentary brat from New Moon Cafe and New Belgium beer. The ‘Summit Concert Band’ kicks things off at 1pm and then local Oktoberfest favorite, ‘Those Austrian Guys’ start 2pm and play all afternoon until the last ‘Prost’ at 6pm. There will be lots of fun kid’s activities happening including free face painters, a bounce house and the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers, Polka Dancers, who will encourage everyone to dance! You’ll also find some great deals at the River Run Merchant tent sale as they clear out the summer inventory and get ready for winter.  German themed food and beer will be served all afternoon.  Commemorative Keystone Oktoberfest mugs are available for purchase in advance for $35 with 3 refills.


What are you waiting for? Register today for the Das Bier Burner 5K, happening in Keystone on September 2!

3rd Annual Das Bier Burner at Keystone Oktoberfest on Labor Day Weekend

If you are looking for a fun way to spend your 3-day Labor Day weekend with your family, why not head to Keystone Resort? On Saturday, September 3, Keystone’s River Run Village turns on the German flare hosting one of Colorado’s best Oktoberfest celebrations along with the Das Bier Burner 5K! Sunday features A Taste of Keystone and then enjoy some down time for activities and relaxing in between!


The weekend kicks off with the 3rd Annual Das Bier Burner 5K family fun run on Saturday, September 3.  Runners of all ages gear up in their best Oktoberfest costumes and line up at the entrance of River Run Village on Ida Belle Drive.  When the air horn blows, the fun begins as runners start off on their 3.1 mile journey, which runs mostly along the paved Keystone bike path. Some people choose to walk or push a stroller.  They head down Montezuma road, up and around the Settler’s Creek complex, through the new Alders Townhomes and next to the Snake River.  The race loops back into River Run, passing by Black Bear Lodge, Dakota and Expedition Station, finally finishing through the heart of River Run. The SummitCove Yeti and everyone in the village cheers the runners on at the big finish.  Next comes the best costume awards and winners ceremony!  We have seen all sorts of crazy costumes, from lederhosen, yetis, beer girls and even a recently married bride and groom who took home the male and female best costume prizes by running in their wedding attire! Every runner receives an event T-shirt and goody bag as well as a brat from New Moon Cafe and a New Belgium Beer (21+) after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest!  Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K family fun run online by September 2 or you can also register in person from 8:45 – 11:15 am on Saturday the 3rd!  Proceeds from this event go to support SOS Outreach, who help at-risk youth  through mountain programs and mentoring, such as learning how to snowboard!


After the race, shower up in your River Run condo and then head back down to the village and raise your stein!  Colorado brewed Oktoberfest beers will be served up all afternoon, along with some amazing German themed foods such as bratwursts, Bavarian pretzels, schnitzels and more!  Live music from the Summit Concert Band and Those Austrian Guys will be going on all afternoon, along with live performances from the Edelweiss Polka Dancers! Kids and adults will have a blast joining in the fun.


On Sunday, head over to Lakeside Village for a Taste of Keystone where you can sample cuisine from many of Keystone’s finest chefs and restaurants.  The kids will have fun feeding the oversized fish and ducks and playing on the sand beach.  Rent stand-up paddle boards or a paddle boat to get out on the water.


Keystone is also home to tons of other family fun activities such as biking, hiking, and gold fishing.  Take your family on one last summer getaway in the mountains before the snow starts to fly!  Keystone Oktoberfest, the Das Bier Burner 5K, and a Taste of Keystone are both family friendly events happening on Labor Day Weekend at Keystone Resort.  Book your discounted lodging for Labor Day Weekend here.



Keystone Oktoberfest & the Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run

Colorado is know to have some of the best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US!  Keystone Resort throws one of the most family friendly and fun Oktoberfest parties around. On Saturday, Septmber 6, enjoy free admission to the event, free live music, polka dancing, authentic German cuisine and sample beer from multiple Colorado Breweries! 

Bring the whole family and keep the kids occupied with tons of activities like face painting, a bounce house and of course the joyful Edelwiess Polka Dancers!  Find some great shopping deals at the River Run Merchant Tent Sale which will be happening all weekend! 

New to the weekend’s festivities this year is the addition of the Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run.  Burn off all of the beer and brats at this fun ‘bier’ run!  The event starts in Keystone’s iconic River Run Village and takes runners on an enchanting course of rolling hills, scenic forests and alongside the bubbling Snake River.  The views on this course just can’t be beat!  As participants cross the finish line back in the village, they will get to celebrate with a post-race picnic and a cold beer, compliments of the Colorado based New Belgium Brewing Company!  After the race, stay for Oktoberfest!

A portion of the proceeds of the Das Bier Burner 5K event will be donated to SOS Outreach, which strives to inspire at-risk youth with their mountain adventure-based programs, hoping to lead them to make positive life decisions towards healthy and successful lives. SOS programs take advantage of adventure sports, such as snowboarding and rock climbing, to help teach and engage participants for future success. Learn more at

Race-day sostumes are encouraged and there will be prizes awarded across multiple age categories, including the best costume prize! Wear your best Oktoberfest themed outfits such as Lederhosen, Dirndls and of course anything Yeti related!  All entrants will receive an event T-shirt, goody bag and post-race picnic and beverages.  Adults 21 and older will also receive a complimentary beer after the race.  This is a professionally timed event and results will be posted online.   All participants will also receive a special runners’ only discount code for 25% off lodging for the weekend!

Advanced registration is open until Thursday, September 4. Registrations for Adults 21 years and up is $35, young adults ages 13 – 20 is $20, and kids 12 and under are just $15.  All entries go up $5 for same-day registration. 

A section of the scenic course of the Oktoberfest Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run at Keystone Resort

After the run, participants are encouraged to head to Keystone Oktoberfest celebrations beginning at 1 pm.  Purchase a commemorative Oktoberfest beer stein and enjoy beer from multiple Colorado breweries or buy beers a la carte.  The afternoon features live music from Those Austrian Guys, as well as food and drinks from local vendors.  This is a family friendly event with kid-friendly activities.