13.1 & 6.55 Miles
Pennypack Park, Philadelphia, PA
September 22nd 2013 9:00
A.M, Limit 500 Runners
Supports Friends of Pennypack Park in
memory of Walter Grund
"No need to run this race in
Lederhosen to enjoy the German athmosphere at the post race party"
The cuckoo bird is known for laying
its eggs in the nests of other birds. He doesn’t even bother
breeding its eggs. Is it just lazy, or is its own place too sloppy to
raise little cuckoos? Well, we are somewhat imitating that behavior, by
putting our trail race within the city limits of Philadelphia.
Certainly a place, where one may think a trail race does not belong.
The Sloppy Cuckoo Half is completely
run off public roads and features about 11 Miles of trail and a little
more than 2 Miles on a paved bike trail at Pennypack
Gorgeous course along the Pennypack creek. This course is considered
easy by trail runner standards, and therefore offers a perfect
opportunity for road runners to explore the world of trail running.
However runners from South Jersey might still find it
to be rather hilly and difficult. There will be rocks, roots, trees to
climb over, creek crossings, horse poop, sand & if it rains the
week before the race, certainly some mud. So leave your pink Nikes at
home, don’t be a girlieman. You will be supported by 3 aid
stations (carry a bottle) , including the Oktoberfest aid station
(german carohydrates served by the St. Pauli girls).Post race spread
will be setup by 2 professional chefs (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) at the post race festivities. “UberHans”,
the worlds toughest accordion player will entertain you.
To give everyone
an equal shot at our unique awards (or because we are too cheap to use
chip timing), we will have the
"Widest starting line in
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 be
somewhat cuckoo).Or find one of the hidden cuckoo eggs along
the race course to win cool prizes.
Marathon and 1/4 marathon (6.55 Miles)
Pine Road Entry at Pennypack
Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111
$45 till 9/2
$50 after for the half
$35 till 9/2, $40 after for the 6.55M
race day registration is available, however shirts are only guaranteed for preregistered runners
online at www.ultrasignup.com
Mail in app (postmarked by 9/10):
Mail us a self-addressed envelope to receive a refund minus $5
all entries are final
To stay with the cuckoo theme, every finisher of the half-marathon will receive a original
Black Forest cuckoo wistle as a finisher award.
1st & 2nd overall , Winner
Masters (age 40+) male and female
Top 5 in age groups: 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, Top 4 M and Top 3 F50-59, Top 2
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 and Top 3 60+ and we will have a couple extra for the
cuckoo egg hunt.
This race is the next step up from races like the Broadstreet run or
the Philadelphia Distance run in terms of effort needed to complete.It
is considered easy by trail runner standards, but is significantely
more difficult than a flat road half marathon due to more difficult
footing and elevation.
average temp at the start is in the 60ies. Average high at
noon is about 70. The course is mostly shaded.
will be provided through Pretzel City Sports. You will be
able to check your place almost instantly on raceday.
Aid Stations are
about 3-4 Miles apart and are staffed by local trail runners.
Trail runners usually carry a bottle to keep hydrated between
aidstations. Gatorade and water will be available at all the
Octoberfest Aidstations (at Mile 3 and 10):
This aid station will
feature german carbohydrates, 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
a 6.55 Mile loop (half runners do it twice) It's pretty nice , that you run miles and miles within the city limits of
Philadelphia without seeing a house or a car at all. First 1/2 of the loop is mostly flat , runs along the creek,
Very runnable by trailrunner standards. Second half features a lot of twisty single track trails (Roller coaster section)
Coursemap and elevation chart
Starts around noon. We will award the most sloppy/funniest costume and
hand out the prizes for the cuckoo egg hunt and of course present
awards to the fastest runners.