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1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon and Half Marathon

“1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut”

supports Pennypack Park & HCM Foundation

Pennypack Park, Philadelphia, PA

13.1 & 26.2 Miles (really?)

Saturday, June 15th[masked]:30 A.M

"Hottest race in town"

"Why not run this race in Lederhosen to enjoy the post-race beer and food"

This year some big city Marathons will cost you more than $150 to enter. You probably have to fork over another $200 to get a hotel room that is within 10 miles of the start at best. By setting your alarm clock to 2:00 AM you get a shot at a parking spot somewhat close to the start and you get to “warm up” for another 3 hours until you finally get out of line for the Porta John’s. The ½ Sauer ½ Kraut offers a somewhat different experience. You can park at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein German Club and hop onto a free bus shuttle. You will be running on a mostly shaded & (mostly :-)) flat bike trail alongside the Pennypack Creek. You will be supported by 15 aid stations ( 7 for the half), including Oktoberfest Aid station. Heidi, the Bavarian waitress will hand out gels, and we will invite you (yes, first beer is on us) to beer and brats at the post race festivities, while “Hans” will entertain you with his accordion. Find out who else is crazy enough to run a race like this in the summer and rehydrate properly at the German club afterwards. You will dramatically increase your chances of winning something by dressing in Lederhosen or Dirndl (traditional bavarian dress). A portion of your entry fee will be used to support the park as well as the HCM Foundation, a local charity supporting families affected by cancer.


Along the Pennypack Creek within the limits of Pennypack park. Course is basically a lollipop course. Course utilizes the paved bike path along Pennypack Creek. No traffic at all. It's actually pretty neat , that you run miles and miles within the city limits of Philadelphia without seeing a house or a car at all. The midsection of the course features a bunch of short but steep roalling hills along with a trail section (Mount cuckoo). Some have refered to our course as an Achterbahn ("rollercoaster"). It's certainly not an easy race, but doable, a good challenge for the experienced runner. Beautiful course along the Pennypack creek. No traffic, no cars, just trees, nature and views of the creek.
Is this a Boston Qualifier? Hell no!!!!! !!!This is a summer race, there is a good chance that high temps will make this harder than you anticipate!!! I recommend running the marathon only if you are an experienced runner, who can handle all kinds of adversity. You have been warned :-). No wining on race day.

Mount cuckoo

Not to make this any more difficult than it already is, but around Mile 6 you will have to conquer MOUNT CUCKOO. Mount cuckoo is a 1 mile trail section that might feature minor roadblocks like rocks, dirt, possibly horse poop and some short rolling hills. This section is relatively easy by trailrunner standarts, but the surface is definetely different from what you usually discover during a (half)marathon. This might just slow you down enough to miss your PR even if the weather cooperates. On the positive side, once you conquered Mount cuckoo, you will be running downstream towards the finish line and you get to see Heidi at the Oktoberfest aidstation for a 2nd time.

Post Race Party:

Starts around 10AM. Musical entertainment by Don Bitterlich (aka Uber Hans).
Don is a very talented accordion player and former NFL football player. Award ceremony will take place at the Cannstatter Volkfest Verein , a german club in Philadelphia. Your entry fee includes a beer and meal ticket, that you can use to redeem at the beergarden. Dress up for the run and post race party, we always have extra awards for stuff like " Fastest Lederhosen" , best looking bavarian ...

Word of Caution:

Once again, this race may become the hottest race in town. Running a marathon in temperatures in the 70ies and 80ies is exponentially harder than running one in November. We only recommend the marathon to experienced runners, who have ran long distances in the summer before and understand how to pace themselves in the heat, and how to stay hydrated properly. We do not recommend the marathon for first timers or PR seekers. This race is not about your finish time, it will be about how to deal with the course and the temps. You may be able to beat runners, who are usually faster than you, because you can handle the temps better, or because or manage your water intake better. We make you earn your beer, and we will make sure, that it will be cold :-)

Start Time:

7:30 AM


Entry to Pennypack Park at 3098 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia,PA 19136. There are about 120 parking spots in the Park, once filled up you need to find a parking spot in the surounding neighbourhoods. If you pick your number up day of definitely park at/around German Club and use shuttle bus.

Race Package Pickup:

6/14/2013 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at the Cannstatter Volkfestverein, 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA and on raceday from 5:30-6:45 (we recommend picking up your number the day before)

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  • Mona S.

    Hi guys! I ran it and made my hubby join for his first race over a 5k. We finished, and I did, indeed, yodel off the top of mount cookoo!

    June 16, 2013

    • Bud

      Congratulations! I wheezed at the bottom of Mount Cuckoo myself!

      June 20, 2013

  • Jocelyn

    Congrats everyone!

    June 15, 2013

  • Lynda S

    Congratulations to everyone! Sorry I didn't make it, but didn't feel up to it at this point!

    June 15, 2013

  • Bud

    Well done all! Congrats to first-timers Mark and Brandon! And congrats to Anthony on his PR (1:47!)! And as Heather said, "What recovery?!". Way to come back from an injury!

    3 · June 15, 2013

  • Anthony S.

    Congrats to all finishers today. You are all awesome.

    2 · June 15, 2013

  • Lynda S

    Have a great run everyone. I've decided to sit this one out.

    June 15, 2013

  • Linda

    Wishing all of you good luck tomorrow. Can't wait to hear how everyone makes out.

    June 14, 2013

  • Lynda S

    I know that I'm hosting this, but I may not be running it. With so much going on in my life right now, the last time I actually RAN was Broad Street. If I make it I'll see you there, if not ... have a wonderful race everyone!

    June 13, 2013

  • Leslie M.

    Hey, good luck at your race this weekend everybody!! Looking forward to hearing how you do!

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Mona S.

    Can we yodel from the top of the cookoo? Ich freue Mich drauf!

    February 27, 2013

    • Anthony S.

      Mona i just ran the dirty German this past weekend and trust me the last thing i wanted to do was yodel at the top lol.

      May 28, 2013

  • Anthony S.

    I am signed up for the half. I don't know if my legs are happy with me being that close to the 25k on those trails but we will see how it goes.

    May 14, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I'm taking some time off from longer runs - I need more recovery time and Broad Street helped me realize this. However, I may volunteer at the race!

    May 9, 2013

  • Anthony S.

    I'm still not sure about this one yet. I'm doing the Dirty German 25k/50k at the end of May as well. But i might show up to this for support as well.

    1 · February 7, 2013

  • Mark S.

    I'm excited to do my first half and look forward to running with everyone!

    1 · February 7, 2013

  • Brandon W.

    YEAAAAAAAA. For others that might join on here I'm doing the half.

    1 · February 7, 2013

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