“Oktoberfest 13.1 ”
Half Marathon, Philadelphia, PA
October 27th 2013 10:00
Supports Lung cancer research in
memory of Walter Grund
"Why not run this race in Lederhosen
to enjoy the spirit of the Oktoberfest"
Join or invite your friends
We always reward best dressed runners with cool prices
Every year around October I gain a
pound here and there. I can’t really put my finger on it, my
diet doesn’t really change that much (maybe that occasional
Bavarian style beverage). It seems my German genes go haywire due to
Oktoberfest withdrawal symptoms. This hormonal
turmoil causes my body to plumb up.
The Oktober Lauf Fest will help offset
the hormonal imbalance by providing an atmosphere that makes you feel
like you running in the suburbs of Munich. Ok, I
admit maybe that’s a stretch, but at least by running 13.1
first, you might be able to enjoy that Bavarian style beverage guilt
This race is completely run off public
roads on a bike trail at Pennypack
Gorgeous course along the Pennypack creek. 100% traffic free, matter of
fact, you might not even see a single house or car while running in the
woods. You will be supported by 7 aid stations , including the
Oktoberfest aid station powered by Heidi, the Bavarian waitress.Thekla Grund – former
owner of the Old Brauhaus & Linda Weiss, reason #67 why
Oprah’s weight is yo-yoing, (I did not make this up) will
take care of you post race. “ To give everyone an equal shot
at our unique awards, we will once again have the widest starting line
in PA which will allow almost every runner to line up in the first row.
If you are too slow to win an age group award, dress up. We will reward
the best/funniest outfits (must have some kind of relation to
Oktoberfest). Everyone loved the cuckoo egg hunt during the
sloppy cuckoo trail half, therefore we will once again hide some cuckoo
eggs along the course. Return a egg to the RD to win a cool prize.
Right at the pavillion next to the start
approx. address 8750 Pine Road, Philadephia, PA
8:45AM - 9:50AM on raceday only
You may register there for the race day of.
Pine Road Entry at Pennypack
Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115
$55 till 9/29
$65 after incl. day of race, $55 when shirts are gone. If you want to secure a shirt, preregister!!!
Register online at ultrasignup.com
Mail in app (postmarked by
Mail us a self-addressed envelope to receive a refund minus a $5 admin fee
all entries are final
Every finisher will receive a finisher award (view picture above)
1st & 2nd overall , Winner
Masters (age 40+) male and female receive a cuckoo clock
Top 3 in age group: 16-19 & 60-69, Top 5 in agegroups 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,
(we will also have an award if we have entries for the 70+
have placed the order for the age group awards. These unique
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 16-19, 20-29, 30-39,
40-49, 50-59, 60+ .
average high is 60, the average low 45. The course is mostly
Aid Stations are about
2 Miles apart and are staffed by local runners. All
Aidstation will have water and Gatorade, Ofest aidstation will also provide carbs and pretzels.
Hammer energy gels will be
available at Mile 8 , aid station # 5. We recommend bringing your own
(the one you are used to, and trained with) and use ours only
Oktoberfest Aidstations (at Mile 3 and 9.5):
This aid station will
feature pretzels and carbs in addition to water and gatorade 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 Lollipop course (weather permitting, if it rains too much
the week before the race, it will be an out and back only). About 11
miles on a paved bike path and 2 miles on trail (mostly crushed cinder,
very runnable). 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. First 3 and last 3 feature a
couple minor hills (steep but short). Beautiful course along
the Pennypack creek. No traffic, no cars, just trees, nature and views
of the creek.
Starts around noon. We will award the best costumes and hand out awards
to the (agegroup/overall) winners. Return a cuckoo egg to
receive your prize.