Annual fun run combines live music, craft beer, and outdoor culture

September 24, 2015 – For the third year in a row, the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is organizing a fun-filled fall festival in the community-minded spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest tradition. The BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl takes place in Duluth on Sunday, October 4. The event connects the Duluth area music, craft beer, and running communities.


BradtoberFest memorializes Duluth musician Brad Rozman. It offers participants a unique opportunity to listen to live local music while sampling craft beer and navigating a path linking local breweries and pubs.


“The idea is to give participants a sampling of some of the best aspects of life in the area,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “We’ve got an extraordinary music scene, which Brad used to be a part of, as well as exceptional craft beer. And we’ve become known for our active outdoor pursuits. We think it makes sense to celebrate these tremendous local assets.”


Participants can either run or walk the approximately 3-mile route that begins at Bent Paddle Brewing Company, stops at a number of breweries and pubs, and finally culminates at the Redstar Lounge (Fitger’s complex) for a finish line celebration featuring food, music, belly dancing and a craft beer-centric silent auction.


Events organized by the Friends of Brad include elements of humor and absurdity. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and sport “tighty-whities” or “Bradley Briefs” as a goofy tribute to the foundation’s fun-loving namesake.


Proceeds will benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and FOBMF’s scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs.


Ticket information and further info:

BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl – Sunday, October 4 – 11:30am – 6pm

Music starts at 11:30am at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. (1912 W Michigan Street, Duluth, MN)
Registration fee: $25 ($30 event day, registration begins at 11am)
BradtoberFest Tickets:


Registration includes: a 4 oz. beer sample and live music at each stop, plus entrance to the Redstar Lounge finish line party.


Performers: The Boomchucks, The Brothers Burn Mountain, Hannah Rey, Ingeborg von Agassiz, Lord Montague, Portrait of a Drowned Man, Robot Rickshaw, Tribal Alchemie, Two Harbors Ukulele Group (THUG), and Wood Blind!


Kind thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we could not be successful without them!  They’ve shown their support for young local musicians. Be sure to show your support for them!


About the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

Bradley E. Rozman’s life was tragically cut short in May 2009. The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was initially created by a group of Brad’s family and close friends to honor his memory. The Foundation celebrates and cultivates young Minnesota musicians through a variety of programs, including BradFest, a music festival. For more information or to contribute to the Foundation, contact or visit


About Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with his musician friends and led the drum line in the VHS marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota from graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as the drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange.


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