September 2021 (TBC)

Twelfth Annual Event

Latest News

2020 RACE CANCELED.  Due to COVID-19 uncertainties that inhibit us from properly planning the logistics for the race, the Itasca Runners Club has regretfully decided to cancel this year's race.  Our race has accomplished much over the past 11 years and it has served as a medium to reflect the very best of our wonderful town of Itasca.  Through the dedication of the running community, we have raised over $160,000 for a variety of community health and wellness causes and we could not have accomplished this without our racers and sponsors.  Check back for updates about the 2021 race. Thank you for supporting the Itasca Oktoberfast 5K.


Brett Lustgarten makes it FIVE wins! Adding to his earlier wins in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017, Brett wins again in 15:25 (that's 4:58 pace).  Kelsey Seller sets a new female course record, finishing in 16:59 (that's 5:28 pace) beating the previous record by 23 seconds!


About The
Itasca Oktoberfast 5K

Join us for the TWELFTH annual running of the Itasca Runners Club's Oktoberfast 5K run and walk.

The chip-timed race follows a fast and scenic neighborhood route through Itasca, Illinois, with a downhill finish into Usher Park. 


The Oktoberfast is proudly presented by the Itasca Runners Club which is a non-profit organization and a member of Road Runners of America, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.


Proceeds from the Itasca OktoberFast 5K benefits local organizations that are dedicated to providing support to families and individuals in need by providing food, emergency assistance, mentoring, or financial assistance to promote healthy, active, and productive lifestyles.

Don’t Get Lost

Course Map

Saturday, September 11, 2021 (TBC)

The Itasca Oktoberfast 5K course is USATF certified (certification number #IL11072JW).


Starting on West Grove Street, after around 0.2 miles the course turns left outside the Springbrook Nature Center and onto Forest Avenue.


The course gets your blood pumping with two hills just after the start! As we reach the top of the second hill, the course crosses West Bloomingdale Road and onto Lombard Road where it heads straight before making two sharp lefts onto South Oak Street


Another 0.2 miles and the course turns right onto West Washington Street where we cross the one mile marker before turning right onto South Maple Avenue.  A short blast along this road is followed by another sharp left onto West George Street where the course continues straight for around three-fourths of a mile.  


The second-mile marker is reached on East George Street before the course swings left onto Broker Avenue as the course begins the loop back towards the finish line. A left onto East Washington Street follows with a short jog on Princeton Avenue, before turning right onto South Walnut Street where we reach the third mile.


Finally, the course crosses back over West Bloomingdale Road, and heads for the fast downhill sprint to the finish line.


Boom! That's it.  The Itasca Runners Club Oktoberfast 5K is done for another year. Now it's time to reflect, stretch, and enjoy some beer and brats!

The Runners Have Spoken

"Well done Itasca runners, you guys really know how to put on a race" - Past Race Participant

Contact Us

Any questions? Just reach out to our Race Director and we'll get back to you.

Itasca Runners Club
P.O. Box 973
Itasca, IL 60143-0973

Itasca Runners Club
P.O. Box 973
Itasca, IL 60143-0973