Pennsylvania > Oktober Lauf Fest Half Marathon
Philadelphia, PA • Sunday, October 28, 2012 • Course Map
Set for its third annual running in late October 2012 along the creeks, streams and trails that wind their way through the woods of Philadelphia's Pennypack Park, the Oktober Lauf Fest Half Marathon saw just over 380 runners cross the finish line at its second annual running in 2011 and marks the sixth and final race in a series of races staged by the locally-based Uber Endurance Sports.
Like the other races in the series -- including the "1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut" race in June and the Sloppy Cuckoo Half Marathon in September -- the Oktober Lauf Fest race also is a German-themed race, with what the organizers call "German carbohydrates" (they mean pretzels) served at each of the aid stations along the race route, which of course are maintained by ladies dressed up as St. Pauli Beer girls.
Runners will start and finish the out-and-back course for the race in Pennypack Park, which lies just a short drive northeast from downtown Philadelphia. From there -- the actual start/finish line is at the Pine Road park entrance -- they'll head out onto the paved biking, walking and running trails that wind alongside Pennypack Creek, through some of the 1,600 acres of the park's woodlands, meadows and wetlands areas.
Most of the course keeps runners on the paved trails, with the exception of about two miles of the race, which take runners over trails made up of crushed cinder. Organizers describe these sections as "very runnable" however, so they shouldn't interfere with any runner trying to record a personal record time at the race -- which is definitely a possibility, considering that the course is very flat and fast along the creek.
The scheduled starting time for the race is 10:00 AM, and runners will have three and a half hours to complete the race's 13.1 miles. Organizers plan also to give out awards for the best and funniest costumes, as this is a Halloween-themed race as well as a German-themed event.
Weather & Climate
Located in the state's southeastern corner, along the Delaware River that divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Philadelphia typically sees October temperatures that average between 67°F and 48°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.2 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 28), the average high is 61°F and the average low is 45°F.
View the race route map for the Oktober Lauf Fest Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by September 30, 2012
$65 after Sept. 30
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2012 running of Philadelphia's Oktober Lauf Fest Half Marathon race, register online at UltraSignUp.com
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