1/2 Sauer, 1/2 Kraut 13.1/26.2mi Trail Race
Philadelphia, PA, US
Jun 4, 2017
Type: Running - Local
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1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut
proudly supports HCM FoundationPennypack Park, Philadelphia, PA
13.1 & 26.2 Miles & 2 person Marathon Relay
Sunday, June 4th 2017 7:30 A.M
"Hottest race in town ;-)"
"Why not run this race in Lederhosen to enjoy the post-race beer and food"
Register online now
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.
Uberendurancesports is teaming up with the HCM Foundation to raise funds for this wonderful charity, helping local cancer patients and their families. A portion of the proceed will go to HCM, but we are also looking for runners raising funds for HCM. Uberendurancesports will provide free entries to the half and full marathon for every "Fund Racer". Please go to www.hcmfoundation.org/events/uberendurancesports
to find out more about the program.
2 person marathon relay - 1/2 and full marathon (13.1 & 26.2 Miles), yes we are serious! Might become the hottest race in town, literarily
Need options? Not sure if you want to/able to run the full marathon? Sign up for the marathon (only $5 for the option), and decide during the race, if you are going to run the half or full. If you decide before mile 13 that you had enough, simply cross the finish line, get timed for the half (and officially compete for the awards in the half) and receive a finisher medal.
Along the Pennypack Creek within the limits of Pennypack park. Course utilizes the paved bike path along Pennypack Creek. No traffic at all. You get to 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 rolling hills along with a trail section (Mount cuckoo). Some have referred to our course as an Achterbahn ("rollercoaster"). It's certainly not an easy race, but do-able, 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 whining on race day.
1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Hill
Mile 4 , one of the few short, but steep hills you will encounter
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. Run it if you must or walk it for your safety. 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.
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 you manage your water intake better. We make you earn your beer, and we will make sure, that it will be cold :-)
Entry to Pennypack Park at 3098 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia,PA 19136. Limited parking, and no bib pickup!!!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 definetely park at/around German Club and use shuttle bus.
Race Package Pickup:
6/3/2017 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).
Our Mascot, as seen on all the swag.
$69 for the full, $65 for the half, , $120 for the relay till Feb 29th
$75 for the full and $69 for half, $120 for the relay till April 30th
$79 for the full and $75 for the half, $130 for the relay after April 30th.
Online registration closes May 31st midnight, but you can still sign up in person Fri 4PM - 8PM and Sat 5:45 - 6:45 at the German Club at 9130 Academy Rd.
Race is limited to 1000 runners, this race reached capacity in 2013 & 2014, so don't prograstinate Register online
Mile 5 , what goes up , has to come down
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c/o 1/2 SauerRF
2137 Old Lancaster Pike
Reinholds, PA , 17569
no more refunds, no exceptions, however we do allow official bib transfers, till 5 days before the race, email the RD at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every half and full marathon finisher will receive a finisher award.
In addition awards will be given to:
1st overall & Winner Masters (age 40+) male and female
will receive a cuckoo clock sponsored by www.finecuckooclocks.com
2nd overall m & f will receive a Kuckulino desk clock
3rd overall m & f will receive a special German weatherhouse Top 3 in 5 year age groups starting at 14
Agegroup awards are quite unique (pic shows 2011 award). These awards come from the Black Forest of Germany. They are german weather houses. They can predict future weather pretty much as reliable as "Glen Hurrican Schwarz" . Here is how they work: There is a gut string inside which reacts to all changes in air humidity. Depending on wether the air is dry or humid, the gut string changes it's position and twists more or less, so that the female turns outside when it is dry (predicting nice weather) and the male, when it is humid.
Relay Rules, Categories and Awards:
Male and female team under 40, male and female master team (40+)
Mixed team under 40 and mixed team masters (1 male and 1 female runner, both 40+ years)
Course is a 13.1 mile loop. Runner 1 has to start with Wave 1. Runner 2 can not start until Runner 1 crosses the finish line at Mile 13.1. Race is chiptimed, but relay team awards are based on gun time (Order in which teams crossed the finish line).
Both runners receive a finisher medal. German weather house awards are given to Top 3 in each category (both runners receive an award)
6h 30 min for full
Not recommended for walkers. In order to make it in time, you have to maintain
a 14:53 per mile pace. This can be accomplished with a jog/walk strategie, but would require a very brisk walking pace if walking only. Depending on the weather, conditions might get harder after 11AM. Higher temps can slow you down by a minute per mile and more. Racedirector reserves the right to limit the race to a half marathon based on the temperatures.
3:30 for half
Walkers welcome for the half. If you make it to the 9 Mile mark within 2:45 hours, we will
not sweat it, if it takes you a little longer, since the last couple of miles of the half and the full marathon are the same, and needs to be staffed by volunteers anyways.
Mile 10, we also got some flat miles :-)
Temperatures in June can reach in the high 80ies. Combine that with the possibility of high humidity and you can get very unfavorable running conditions. We recommend running the 1/2 marathon , if you are not trained for these type of conditions, since conditions will be much better early in the morning (before 10AM). The course is mostly shaded,but please note, the race director reserves the right to defer all the runners to the half marathon.
This year we will use a disposable chip timing system.Milemarkers will be placed along the course.
Beautiful views of Pennypack Creek throughout the race.
The course runs through Pennypack park. There will be few spots that are easily accessible by spectators. You might want to check the coursemap for access points to the bike trail. We think the best spot is at Mile 6.5 Pennypack Park entry at 8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia PA 19115
Most Fluid Stations are within 1.5 Miles of each other and are staffed by local runners. Gatorade will be available at the Fluid Stations. and Uberhans can be found at one giving you a little boost
Learn more about Uberhans
Gels will be available at Mile 8 and 21. We recommend bringing your own (the one you are used to, and trained with) and use ours as a backup.
EMT ambulance on location. Multiple support bikers on course.
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 ...
9:30AM: Cannstatter beergarden opens , enjoy your free beer and German
Bratswurst with Sauerkraut
10:00PM: Live music by Don Bitterlich, America's toughest accordion player
10:20PM: Performance of the Almrausch German Dancegroup
10:30PM: Award ceremony
10:45PM: Costume contest
10:55PM: Keep enjoying a cold beverage and Don Bitterlich
12:00PM: Repeat of previous schedule for the marathon finishers
3:00 PM: End of post race party
Click on link to view hotels nearby the race.
There is a casino and an amusement park nearby, so these hotels fill up quickly, therefore we recommend making reservation early.