This year some big city Marathons will cost you more than $200 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).
This Years Swag
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.
1/2 and full marathon (13.1 & 26.2 Miles), yes we are serious! Might become the hottest race in town, literarily
Not sure if you want to/able to run the full marathon? Sign up for the marathon (only $5 more than the 1/2), 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.
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 Packet Pickup
6/7/2024 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at the Cannstatter Volkfestverein, 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA and on race day from 5:45AM-6:45AM (we recommend picking up your number the day before).
$85 for the full and $79 for half till May 5th 2024
$89 for the full and $85 for the half after May 5th 2024
Mail us a self-addressed envelope to receive a refund minus $10
c/o 1/2 SauerRF
2137 Old Lancaster Pike
Reinholds, PA , 17569
no more refunds or deferrals, 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 medal.
Winner overall M & F will receive an authentic German cuckoo clock.
2nd & 3rd overall M & F will receive a Kuckulino desk clock
Top 3 in 5 year age groups starting at 14
Agegroup awards are quite unique. 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 weather 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.
6h 30 min for full and the half, Walkers welcome for the 1/2 , but marathon is 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 or implements a strikter timelimit which will be enforced at the 1/2 way point for the marathon already.
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. Mile markers will be placed along the course.
The course runs through Pennypack park. There will be few spots that are easily accessible by spectators. You might want to check the course map 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
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).
Event's current local time: 4:52 PM ET
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