OTR 5K OTR 5K

Important Message About the 2021 OTR 5K:

Hello OTR 5K crew! We are excited to bring back the OTR 5K Walk/Run for 2021. This year's race will take place Saturday, October 2, 2021 .  We are hard at work getting things ready, so stay tuned for more deets!


Location:

Washington Park

1230 Elm Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

About the Races:

  • OTR 5K: Registration includes timing, t-shirt, Taste of Belgium waffle, drink ticket (beer, soda, water) and option for bag drop/drawstring bag drop.

  • Kids Race:* Race registration includes a “quarter-mile” run for 5 and under, and a “half-mile” run for ages 6-9 years. All participants receive: e a bib, medal and t-shirt. 

    *Children over 9 years of age are invited to participate in the OTR 5K! 

  • Awards: Rookwood Pottery medals will be awarded to top male and top female in each age category (see list below), along with:

    • Top 3 overall male

    • Top 3 overall female

    • First male and female with stroller

    • First male and female walker

    • Age Categories: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35 -39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 -64, 65-69, 70+

OTR 5K Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does registration include? Registration includes timed chip start and finish, drink ticket (local beer, soda or bottled water), t-shirt, Taste of Belgium mini-waffle and option for bag drop/drawstring bag drop – all with the backdrop of an awesome OTR neighborhood celebration! 

When is the last day I can register online? You can register online up until the race start. Just be sure to give yourself time to pick up your materials and get to the starting line!  Registration link coming soon.

Is this only a run or can I walk? You are welcome to walk or run. Strollers are welcome as well.

Who can participate in the run?   Anyone 9 or over is welcome to walk/run in the OTR 5K. For younger kids, we offer a Kids Race at 10:00 am on the South Lawn: a ½ mile run for children ages 6-9, or a ¼ mile run for kids 5 and under. All Kids Race participants receive a bib, medal and t-shirt. 

Can I run with my dog? Unfortunately, for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on the course. But they can be spectators! Also Washington Park dog park will be open! 

What is the route for the race?  You can view the 2019 course map  HERE . We will share an updated one if/when we have one!

Will there be water on the course?  Yes! Close to mile 2, our friends at the  OTR BREWERY DISTRICT  will be providing water for you (beer comes after!) to get you to that finish line.

Where do I get my packet before the race? Packet Pickup is at the  CENTRAL PARKWAY YMCA , 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 30, and all day (5:00 am - 9:00 pm) on Friday, Oct. 1. On race day, you can pick up your packet at registration at Washington Park.

I can’t get to packet-pickup. Can my friend pick-up my packet?  Yes! No ID required, they can just let us know your information and we will make it happen!

Can I register on-site the day of the race? We will have on-site registration for the race on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am. 

Are there medals for the race? Rookwood Pottery Medals will be awarded to the top male and top female in each age category (14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35 -39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 -64, 65-69, 70+) along with:

  • Top 3 overall male

  • Top 3 overall female

  • First male and female with stroller

  • First male and female walker

Where and when can I find my results from the race? You’ll be able to see the results  as soon as the race has finished. A link will be provided.

Where does the money raised from the OTR 5K go? Proceeds go towards attraction and retention of our incredible local businesses – who keep dollars staying local!