- 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Trail Race
I absolutely loved the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon! My boyfriend ran it last year and he loved it, so this year we both decided to participate!
The weather was forecast to be very hot and humid, but thankfully running through Pennypack Park in the Northeast Section of Philadelphia made conditions not as bad as they could have been! Thank goodness for shade! There were plenty of stops to pick up water or Gatorade and there were volunteers dressed in German attire.
The course is absolutely beautiful along Pennypack Creek along a bike path and full of hills that were quite challenging! There is one section where you're on a very narrow trail where you get to dodge branches and horse poop. Everything was clearly labeled so it was impossible to get lost.
The race was so much fun and I loved the energy of everyone involved in the race! When I finished there was plenty of watermelon, Twizzlers, duplex cookies, and even homemade coffee cake...definitely beats bagels and bananas! Then at the afterparty we had free beer and bratwurst with sauerkraut! Everything was delicious.
The medal is very nice but I believe the same design is used every year, same as the T-shirts. We were able to buy some shirts from past years for only $2 to benefit charity so that was a great deal.
This is a great race that takes you off the usual path of the more popular road races in the city. The heat was ridiculous but I still had a blast! I'd highly recommend experienced runners to tackle this race!