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NFL 5K Challenge to include all pro teams this year

(Nov.14, 2014) All National Football League team fans are invited to participate in this year’s newly dubbed 5K Challenge, which was formally known as the Ravens vs. Steelers 5K.

Tomorrow, Pit & Pub will find out if they reign supreme for the third year in a row and Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon will be looking to capture their first win.

The competition kicks off at 9 a.m. on the Boardwalk at 27th Street, will continue down to Fourth Street and then come back.

This year, organizers decided to expand the race to include all national football teams to get more participants involved and to accommodate a broader fan base. Race rules will remain the same as previous years, with the only difference being participants choosing their favorite Sunday Football hangout spot.

“Since this race’s inception, we noticed a decent amount of Eagles and Redskins fans supporting their teams at the race. We want all football fans to know we support their teams, but a choice will need to be made between 28th Street Pit and Pub or Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon,” said Chris Klebe, OC Tri-Running event organizer.

Klebe’s passion for football stems from being a huge Ravens fan, “the rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers does not get much better.”

This event is a competition and every team member will receive an official race time. The top scores for each restaurant will be added together and the fastest team time will decide the winner. The winning team will have bragging rights for the 2014-2015 football season and a trophy will be displayed in their establishment until next year’s race.

Afterwards, participants are encouraged to tailgate at the bar of their choice. Ravens fans will be congregating at Pit & Pub and Steelers fans will gather at Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon.

The race costs $40 and includes a shirt, race finishers ribbon and one drink ticket for Pit & Pub or Buxy’s.

Registration is open for the 5k tonight, Friday, at Pit & Pub or Buxy’s from 5-8 p.m. Saturday’s registration will be at 27th Street on the Boardwalk from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The race will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The race will be timed by computer chips, where each runner will receive their chip at registration. All chips must be returned on race day immediately after race completion or there will be a $25 charge.

For more information or to register for the race visit www.octrirunning.com and click the events tab.                      

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