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Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race

2018 was a blast! Hopefully you enjoyed the festivities too. Thank you all for participating, we will see you next year!

2019 Date: TBD

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Downtown Garland Square
520 W State St.
Garland, TX 75040 


Put down the potato chips and strap on those never-before-used athletic shoes. That’s right, underachievers, this one is for you! The City of Garland will host its inaugural Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race on Saturday, September 29th at Downtown Garland Square. That’s no typo, this is a POINT 5K…

546 yards, 500 meters or even 1,638 feet.

If you can make that long, treacherous journey to the fridge for that midnight snack, you can run this race… well, maybe. Join your fellow underachievers for a day full of racing glory and stay for Oktoberfest-themed party afterward with live music, traditional and not so traditional Oktoberfest games and, of course, food and drinks. 

This event is dog-friendly. Bring your best friend with their best costume to help you run across the finish line! 

What are you waiting for? Get up off the couch, brush the Cheetos crumbs from that grease-stained pajama pantssuit of yours, and register for the race today! This is one event that you will not want to miss! 

Race | Vendors | Fun | Good Eats & Drinks


Festivities will start at 3 p.m.

0.5K Race starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp! 


Festivities end at 9:30 p.m.


Race will be chip-timed. Arrive early enough to get the best spot and get checked-in. Spectators welcome! 

Bring your friends, relatives, or acquaintances to the shortest race of their lives.  Don't forget your appetites, as there will be food and drinks available for purchase on-site. Costumes are highly encouraged, if not required.



    Tru By Hilton Garland/Richardson
    5055 N. President George Bush Hwy, Garland, TX


    Arrival Date: Sept 28, 2018
    Departure Date: Sept 30, 2018

    *(1) King Room: $99
    *(2) Queen Beds Room: $104
    http://bit.ly/TruHiltonGuzzler for the link.

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3:00 p.m. – Event Opens – Games begin, Vendors Open
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Nitty Gritty Jazz Band (Polka) and activities/programming, packet pickup
4:35 – 4:50 p.m. – Stein Carrying Contest
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – The Royal Klobasneks (Polka)
6:30 – 6:40 p.m. – 0.5K/house music/MC
6:40 – 7:25 p.m. – German Dancers
7:30 – 7:55 p.m. – Stein holding Competition
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. – Inversion Band
9:00 – Last Call – Vendors & Games start to shut down
9:30 – Event Ends


Street closures around the Square will consist of the following areas below. Please make arrangements for parking around those areas. 

- Main Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets
- State Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets
- Fifth Street, from Austin to Main Streets 


Register today! Click the link below.

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Inclement Weather Plan

The Garland Guzzler will be held, rain or shine, unless conditions are deemed unsafe. Garland Special Events Inclement Weather Plan begins with the safety of our participants at events. Decisions to delay, postpone, or cancel an event are made in conjunction with the hosting City Officials and Safety Personnel. These decisions are made with careful consideration, in the best interest of our participants, and are final. After review of the N.W.S. weather update, the Special Events Team and City Officials will make the decision on the Garland Guzzler 0.5K and Oktoberfest by 12 p.m. on the event day. The City will make the announcement no later than 2 p.m. for the sake of those involved in the event and those visitors that may be commuting. All race entries fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

If you cannot participate, we will be happy to hold your race packet for three weeks after the event. Your race packet can be picked up at the Garland Convention and Visitors Bureau (211 N. 5th St. Garland, TX 75040) during normal business hours. The quickest and most reliable information will be available to you via the parks and recreation social media or contact us below.

For our full Inclement Weather Plan, click here.


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Dallas Observer - The official media provider for the Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race. For more information, visit DallasObserver.com. 


Ride DART to the Downtown Garland Station.

DART - the official transportation provider for the Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race. For more information, visit DART.org



Bodies Race Company - the official race company provider for the Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race. For more information, visit

Contact Information

Special Events 

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts 
211 N. Fifth Street
Garland, TX 75040 
Phone: 972-205-2750