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Half Sauer Half Kraut Marathon

Sat 13th Jun 2020 · Philadelphia
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About this event

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.

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What's included:

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. High quality performance top 1/4 zip. Long sleeve, perfect fabric for fall and winter running. Zippered side pocket and thumb holes. Only guaranteed to preregistered runners.

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Route description

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.

Logistics and schedule

6/7/2019 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at the Cannstatter Volkfestverein, 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA and on race day from 5:30-6:45 (we recommend picking up your number the day before).

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

How to get there

4226 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA

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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.

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