Oktoberfest 13.1 Half Marathon

Sunday, October 28, 2018 • Philadelphia, PA • Course Map

Set for its 9th annual running in late October 2018 along the creeks, streams and trails that wind their way through the woods of Philadelphia’s Pennypack Park, the Oktoberfest 13.1 Half Marathon saw just over 300 runners cross the finish line last year, at the event that marks the sixth and final race of the year in a race series 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 Oktoberfest 13.1 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 9:00 AM, and runners will have 3 1/2 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.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the state’s southeastern corner, along the Delaware River that divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Philadelphia typically sees cool to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 25°F (in 1969) and as high as 96°F (in 1941).

On race day (Oct. 28), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 61ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Oktoberfest 13.1 Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:00 AM – half marathon
  • 9:15 AM – 10K


  • $59 – $70 for the half marathon
  • $39 – $45 for the 10K


To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Oktoberfest 13.1 Half Marathon, register online at UltraSignUp.com here.

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