What is the "Rosstoberfest© Run?"

The Rosstoberfest Run is a 5K event; with a "Kids for Ross" 1 Mile-Fun-Run/Walk taking place in beautiful and charming College Hill on the east side of Wichita. This event is part of the “Run For Our Sons” program to benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. PPMD is a non-profit organization dedicated to expedite viable treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).


This years 6th annual event will be hosted on Saturday October 5, 2013! The race will kick off at 9:30a so show up early to pick up your registration packet (The first 1,000 entrants will receive a world class, uber-cool, Rosstoberfest technical running shirt, as well as other nice swag.), you can get a tattoo (temporary of course) and get warmed up for what promises to be another great run!



The race course, designed by Run Wichita's Clark Ensz, is appreciated by both novice and veteran runners alike. Results for this years race will be posted after the event and will include ultra accurate chip timing provided by Clark and Run Wichita. If you're not a competitor, just run (or walk) to have fun, that's quite alright! This course is designed to be enjoyed by everyone, no matter your ability, or your desire to set a world record!



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Is the "Rosstoberfest Run" really worth running?

What can we say? We consider the last five years to be overwhelming success stories as we have been pleasantly surprised by a turnout of over 500 participants every year. Last October we set the bar at whole new level with a record of 1,100 runners & walkers! We'll all be disappointed if you miss it... SO DON'T!!!


Our goals for the race are pretty simple: Provide a best in class event that everyone can participate in as we continue the fight against DMD. Raise money for PPMD to help kids like Ross and run for those who can't. Put a smile on everyone's face that we touch with this event... runners, patients, sponsors, volunteers, our friends and neighbors. Those involved in the running community assure us if we continue producing such a quality event, we can only expect more of the same type of growth. They're the experts, so we plan to do just that!


The weather has been amazing each year, the local community of volunteers and sponsors continue to pour on the support, so all we need is you! Consider this your invite to join us the first weekend in October 2013 (that's the 5th folks) for what we expect to be an even bigger turnout than the last four years!!!


Advance entry fees are $25 ($30 online and $35 race day) for the 5K and $15 ($20 online and $25 race day) for the 1-mile event. Registration begins September 1 at First Gear (111 N Mosley), at GORUN Wichita (West location: 2556 N. Maize Rd. and East location: 2350 N. Greenwich Rd.) or online by clicking here.


We couldn't do it without our Sponsors!

A major part of our success is consistent sponsorships. Last year's Rosstoberfest Run did not dissappoint as it was an even bigger success than 2010! Runners from all over the country gathered on another beautiful and crisp fall day to take part in what's becoming a central Kansas tradition. With their attendance, and our sponsors great support, we were thrilled to report donations of over $32,000 in 2011! (100% going to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy!) Our hope is to see that number grow again this year as we continue momentum in our fight against DMD.


We're still gathering support for the 5th annual race, so if you'd like to be a sponsor this year, please click here, we'd gladly include you in our efforts! To give you an idea of who supported last year’s race, just take a look: Great Plains Imaging, West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A, Power 93.3, KFH 98.7|1240, KEYN 103.7, theBUZZ 105.3, KNSS 1330, Hullings Orthodontics, Health Matters Magazine, Friends of Ross, Klenda Mitchell Austerman & Zuercher llc, Fidelity Bank, R&J Discount Liquor, POET Ethanol Prouducts, MyBizView llc, Kansas River Valley Triathlon Club, Bicycle Xchange, GoRun Wichita, Road ID, Newton Running, First Gear, New Balance, Lamzy Divey, Watermark Books & Cafe, In the Bag Cleaners, Shine Salon, Via Christi Health, Newton Medical Center, Citizens Bank, COMCARE, PA of Salina, Associates in Women's Health OBGYN, House of Schwan, Starbucks Coffee, Freddy's Frozen Custard, Pioneer Balloons, Docuplex Graphics,, Automation Plus. Again, we couldn't do this without our sponsors! So we thank them again for all for their generous support!


What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophies are genetic disorders characterized by progressive muscle wasting and weakness that begin with microscopic changes in the muscle. As muscles degenerate over time, the person’s muscle strength declines.


Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) was first described by the French neurologist Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne in the 1860s. In DMD, boys begin to show signs of muscle weakness as early as age 3. The disease gradually weakens the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles, those in the arms, legs and trunk. By the early teens or even earlier, the boy’s heart and respiratory muscles also may be affected. DMD is the most lethal form of Muscular Dystrophy.


Until the 1980s, little was known about the cause of any kind of muscular dystrophy. In 1986, MDA-supported researchers identified the gene that, when flawed — a problem known as a mutation — causes DMD. In 1987, the protein associated with this gene was identified and named dystrophin. DMD occurs when a particular gene on the X chromosome fails to make the protein dystrophin. Learn More

How is "Rosstoberfest" affiliated with the BS Oktoberfest?

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Ross with his mom Beverly.

Ross McFarland was born in 1995 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His mom Beverly and dad Robert, both avid runners, decided in January of 2008 to put together this run to honor Ross and to raise funds for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


The run course will finish at the Blessed Sacrament parish "Oktoberfest" event. Though it starts later in the day, once runners complete race Oktoberfest refreshments and bratwursts will served. The BS Oktoberfest is a great family-centric event which serves a variety of German food and drink. In addition to the delicious fare, activities include live music and games for the kids that last until 10p. Last year over 1,500 people attended Oktoberfest, providing a great community atmosphere all around. Our hope is to continue a great neighborhood tradition with city and statewide appeal.

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Bringing DMD to the Mainstream... DGW!

The most decorated film of 2008 Darius Goes West (DGW) has elicited bellowing laughs and jubilant tears in audiences of all ages worldwide. It has inspired a nationwide grassroots movement to raise money for, and awareness of, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and has motivated a new generation of children and young adults to promote diversity and equality, and "pay it forward" to help others.


Darius and his crew are back on the road again. After first traveling the country with the goal of having Darius' wheelchair customized on MTV's Pimp My Ride, they have launched a new initiative to sell one million DVDs in one year. The year-end date is Darius's birthday, Sept. 27, 2009. Every DVD raises $17 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research, as well as awareness wherever it is screened.


To reach the million DVD mark they need your support.



Watch a video. Read a blog post. Buy a video�or two or three! When you make a purchase (of $250 or more), DGW will send you an official thank-you letter that you can use for tax filing purposes. Learn More