Outside of a marathon, the best way to test a person's endurance is to see how long they can listen to a radio play-by-play of a marathon. Take on a real challenge with today's Groupon for entry to the Running of the Bulls 5K race, hosted by Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, and admission to Ocktoberfest in Pawtucket. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get one entry to the Running of the Bulls 5K, one day pass to Ocktoberfest, and one T-shirt (a $30 value).
- For $30, you get two entries to the Running of the Bulls 5K, two day passes to Ocktoberfest, and two T-shirts (a $60 value).
The race takes place on Sunday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m. Ocktoberfest dates are as follows:
- September 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- October 1, from noon to 11:00 p.m.
- October 2, starting at noon
Starting at 10 a.m. on race day, Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub activates registration and number pickup for the Red Bull-sponsored Running of the Bulls race, which rewards winners of each age group with medals and sends the fastest male and female home with $100. An 11:30 a.m. kickoff propels legs through Pawtucket for 5 kilometers, as racers try to overtake one another like crabs trying to climb out of a bucket. Following the race, each runner receives a free T-shirt fashioned for the USA Track & Field–sanctioned race.
Gracing the bank of the Blackstone River, the historic setting of Slater Mill provides a lush backdrop for Ocktoberfest, a modern revival of a 200-year-old German celebration. Each admission opens gateways to the stages of German, American, and Antarctican music tents, which compete for aural attention as guests eye the amber hue and taste the toffee hints of a complimentary pint of Sam Adams Octoberfest brew. Representatives of local eateries serve up food for sustenance and pull drafts of microbrews and domestic beers to keep post-race spirits as high as a kite flown by a skyscraper. This Groupon is valid for any of the three festival dates.
O Fest RI
Starting Friday, October 5 at 6 p.m. and running through Monday, October 8, O Fest RI, spearheaded by Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, celebrates autumn with beer, live music, and general merriment. The festival features fall-themed libations from as far away as Germany itself—with Oktoberfest brews from Spaten, Hofbrau, and Paulaner—and those from closer to home from brewers such as Harpoon, Sam Adams, and Shipyard. In addition, the festival will feature a lineup of musical acts, including What Matters and Those Guys.
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, whose whopping 82 taps helped earn it an award for Best Bar and Beer Selection in The Phoenix's Best of Providence 2011, will anchor the celebration from their dark-wood bar. The bar itself serves a host of culinary treats from Prince Edward Island mussels in zesty zuppa sauce to blackened jerk salmon. An outdoor patio plays host to al fresco dining and lassoing the moon to impress dates.
342 East Ave.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860Get Directions