What To Expect at the Breakaway Bardog 5k

Like many of you, it’s your first time running the Breakaway Bardog 5k and you’re wondering what to expect? In short, great things…. really, really great things!

Breakaway Bardog 5k Registration

You can register for the Breakaway Bardog 5k race and the additional Monroe Avenue Festival perks like the Beer Tent or VIP section by clicking on the registration button below. Not able to run or attend the festival? You can also donate and receive a commemorative t-shirt. If you and/or your team raises the most amount of money, you could win a $2,000 bar tab at Bardog Tavern.

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Compare the Breakaway Bardog 5k Cost and Event Bundles

Time Frame   Registration Type Early Cost Race Day Cost Race Entry Beer Mug T-shirt Goody Bag Festival Entrance Beer Tent VIP Seat
9 – 11:30 AM Early Race Entry (first 350) $35 N/A X X X X X    
9 – 11:30 AM Early Race Entry $35 $40 X X X X
9 – 11:30 AM Late Race Entry N/A $40 X X
9 AM – 6 PM Race Entry + Beer Tent Entrance $60 $65 X X X X X
10 – 6 PM Beer Tent ONLY $25 $30 X X
10 – 6 PM VIP Section $75 $80 X X X
9 AM – 6 PM Race Royalty $110 $115 X X X X X X

Packet Pick-Up

Friday, August 26
Saturday, August 27
Sunday, August 28 (RACE DAY)
Bardog Tavern (73 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN)
  • 7:30-8:30 AM – Packet pickup & registration
  • 7:30-8:30 AM – Volunteer check-in
  • 9:00 AM – Race starts
  • 9:00 AM – Post-race party begins
  • 10:00 AM – Awards ceremony
  • 11:30 AM – Post-race party ends
  • 11:30 AM – 6:00 PMMonroe Avenue Street Festival

You can expect to pick up your t-shirt, race bib, swag bag (fun extra stuff for you), and limited edition beer mug (if you were one of the first 350 to sign up for the race).

Breakaway Bardog Race Day – What to Expect?

Plan to arrive early (before 8:30 AM) as downtown parking is limited and we are expecting a lot of folks (runners and party-goers). We’ll have Monroe Avenue blocked off at Front Street and Main Street.

If you haven’t picked up your packet yet, then you can do so up til 8:30 AM on race day.

Make sure you bring your ID with you to the race whether you have already picked up your race packet or not. This is needed in order to get a 21+ wristband for the after race festivities. We’ll have special volunteers with a color-coded wristbands unique to your entry.

Breakaway Bardog 5kThe Breakaway Bardog  begins at 9 AM on Front Street and Court near the University of Memphis Law School.  It will be warm – so hydrate and dress in light-weight gear. If you get too hot, there is a river nearby. You’ll also be screaming insanity at us as you finish the race up a challenging hill. No worries, there will be tons of folks cheering you to the finish and welcoming you with ice cold refreshments and gourmet Memphis food. Plus, this course is known to have lots of personal records(PRs) and speedy times!

After the race…

Once you have finished the race you can meander around the party festivities. Be sure to bring cash as many of the vendors accept donations, which profits benefit St. Jude. The entry into the party area is free; however, some activities do require a ticket or cash donations. If you are a runner, then you will get access to beer and food until 11:30 AM. The official Monroe Avenue Festival will begin at 11:30 AM.

You can expect the following local businesses and activities at the race after party and 2016 Monroe Avenue Festival. As mentioned some activities do require either a ticket or cash donations. We will update as we get information.

  • Food (Sliders, Fruit, Pizza, Kabobs, etc.)
  • Beer (a lot of it)
  • *Beer Tent (25+ Local Crafter Beer)
  • Live Music (The Michael Brothers, The Sheiks, Devil Train, The Mighty Souls Brass Band, & DJ Superman from Hot 107)
  • Breakaway Running
  • Aldo’s Pizza Pies
  • St. Jude Research Hospital
  • *Dunk Tank Fundraiser – 12 – 6 PM (Bring a change of clothes and a towel if you expect to get dunked for a cause). $1/throw, $3/4 throws
  • Cotton Candy
  • *Face Painting
  • *Raffle – $1 donation per ticket
  • Meatball Eating Contest (Time starts at 4:30 PM)!

* Event may require additional cost and/or donation

What about race awards? 

Breakaway Bardog 5k AwardsWinning awards is fun and this year, top runners will be awarded a dog-themed mosaic and aged group winners will be awarded bottle opener medals. We anticipate the awards ceremony happening around 10:15 AM.

Have Questions?

Have any other questions? Let us know in the comments below, or by reaching out to us on the Breakaway Bardog 5k page. You can following other conversations happening about the race with the hashtag #BreakawayBardog5k

P.S. We were told that the tagline of the race and Monroe Ave Festival should be something along the lines of… “You Better Take Off Work on Monday!”