Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 24, 2014
Midway through the Keep Austin Weird 5K last year, I sprinted toward a suds-slickened sheet of plastic, launched myself into the air and skidded on my belly, getting sprayed with a water hose as I swept down the runway.
The slippery ride - just one stop along the course of the Saturday evening run - soaked my Willie Nelson braids and headband and knocked my wire-rimmed hippie glasses askew. The run also included stops to sample tequila, ice cream and bundt cake, on-course music from a ukulele band, and a chance to get hit in the face by a cream-filled pie.
It’s dubbed the slowest 5K in Austin, and everyone should try it. That’s why I’m giving away a free entry to this year’s Keep Austin Weird 5K, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28. For a chance to win, post below, telling me what wacky costume you’ll wear if I give you the entry.
If you don’t win, you can still register online at www.keepaustinweirdfest.com. Race entry is $35 for adults or $20 for kids 12 and under. (Festival entry is $20 for adults or free kids 12 and under.) You can also register for the 5K in person from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Texas Running Company, 1011 West 5th Street No. 110, or from 2-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Long Center.
This year’s festival, which celebrates the city’s eclectic character, starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Long Center. The live music lineup includes Uncle Lucius, Riders Against the Storm and Twin Forks.