50K & 50 Miles
Pennypack Park, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 24th (New Date!!!)
950 Runner Limit (sold out 5 years in a row)
proudly supports Pennypack Park
The race has been postponed to Oct 24th 2020. Registration is open again, you can sign up now. We are hopeful, that we can race in the fall. However the city of Philadelphia reserves the right to cancel all large events in the fall based on the Covid situation at that time. If we are not allowed to have the race on that date, then the 2020 edition will turn in to a virtual race. We have great swag for this race, and will mail you a great race package along with a course map to run the race at your convenience. We also will offer a discount for the 2021 race to all registered runners. Keep on running.
This race takes place within the city
limits of Philadelphia, and therefore qualifies as an urban
ultramarathon, but you will not find things like traffic, noise, bad
air quality & concrete buildings here.
This race course is located within
Pennypack Park, a hidden gem within Philadelphia's Fairmont park
system. The park stretches along Pennypack creek for about 7
1/2 miles, and is home to many trails, huge old trees, birds
& other wildlife. I run here all the time, and never
get tired of it.
This race offers
a perfect opportunity for runners to enter the exiting world
of trail (ultra)running . This is a good course to run your first ultra or a PR if the weather cooperates. We accomplish this by providing a course that is well marked
& not too technical.The course
features different surfaces. Some soft and occationally sandy spots
along the creek, a lot of smooth single track as well as some
wider flat gravel trail. Every loop includes about 1.5 miles of
paved bike trail. There is some elevation, but the
climbs are short.
This course is very runnable and easy by
trail running standards, which as experienced runners will know, can
make it even more challenging, because it will not give you many
opportunities where you can/should hike.
Our 2019 1/4 zip performance top (multiple/different color options)
Number pickup starts at 6:30AM.
Start Times !!!
50 Miler starts at 7:30 AM
50K starts at 8:00 AM
25K starts at 9:00 AM
Awesome single track, Mile 12 (infamous twisty Rollercoster section)
Pine Road Entry at Pennypack Park, 8750 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111
View map of start/finish area (bird's eye view)
Coursemap with aidstation locations/distances
Area Road Map
25K : $55 till 12/31
$59 until sold out
50K: $75 till
$79 until sold out
50 Miler: $85 till
$89 until sold out
Online reg. will close 10/19 11:59PM. Sold out weeks in advance for the last couple of years, there will be no raceday registration!!!
Due to unforseen circumstances, beyond our control, we are currently unable to process refund requests due to the negative impact of the corona virus.
This event has been postponed to 10/24.
Should the new date not work for you, we will offer to roll over your entry fee to any of our races in 2020 and 2021.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or concerns.
Every runner will receive a top noth upper garment (tbd), no advertising on the back.
Will be gender specific!!!
Every finisher will receive a finisher medal, all 50K and 50 Mile finishers will receive an
embroidered tech hat in addition.
Winner overall &Winner
Masters (age 40+) male and female
will receive a cuckoo clock.
Top 3 in age groups: 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
and winner 60+
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. We will go 3 deep for 18-29, 30-39,
40-49, 50-59 and winner 60+ .
hours & 30 min. This is a firm time limit. The park closes at 9 Pm, and we need to be all cleared out by
then, therefore we can not go out on the course and look for runners in
the dark. You have to make it to the 35 Mile mark by 8 hours,
otherwise you can not continue.
average temp at the start is in the 50ies. Average
high 70. The course is mostly shaded.
Aid Stations are
about 3-4.5 Miles apart and are staffed by ultra trail
and 50 Mile runners should carry a bottle to keep hydrated
aidstations. Gatorade and water will be available at all the
aidstation. Also available:
Grilled Cheese (Aidstation 4 only)
pancakes (Aidstation 4 only)
Our aid stations rock and are staffed by local ultra-runners
This aid station will
focus on german carbs like pretzels ... served by
the St. Pauli girls. If you decide your PR is not gonna happen today,
take a break right there and enjoy the view.
the Pennypack Creek within the limits of Pennypack park. Course is
basically a figure 8 consisting of mostly single track trail and a
short paved bike path section.One loop is 25K. 50 K runners will run it
twice, 50 mile runners will run a mini loop first and then run the main
loop 3 times. No traffic at all. It's actually
pretty cool , that you run miles and miles within the city limits of
Philadelphia without seeing a house or a car at all.
Coursemap and elevation chart
(please note , GPS data usually shows a shorter distance due to leaf coverage and inaccurate elevation changes)
will be no official award ceremony. We will hand out the awards
as you cross the finish line.
, we encourage you to stick
around, relax, talk running, refuel.
Click on link to view hotels nearby the race.
a casino and an amusement park nearby, so these hotels fill up quickly,
therefore we recommend making reservation early.