Sunday, October 11, 2015 • Philadelphia, PA • Course Map
One of a series of trail running events staged throughout the year in the Philadelphia area by Uber Endurance Sports, the “Sloppy Cuckoo Half” Trail Half Marathon makes its 6th annual running along an easy, mostly flat out-and-back course through Philadelphia’s Pennypack Park.
The race organizers for this race as well as for the 1/2 Sauer, 1/2 Kraut event have a great time both with the events themselves as well as the titles, naming their September half marathon race in honor of the aptly named cuckoo bird, which lays its own eggs in the nest of other birds.
“Is it just lazy, or is its own place too sloppy to raise little cuckoos?” the organizers joke, and add that they’re bringing a little of that to Philadelphia by running a trail race near one of the country’s largest urban metropolitan areas.
Runners start and finish the out-and-back course for the race near the Pine Road entrance to Pennypack Park, which marked its centennial anniversary back in 2005 as one of Philadelphia’s historic city parks.
Home to about 1,600 acres of wooded forests, wetlands areas and wide-open grassy meadows, the park also features a number of local historic landmarks, including what is reputed to be the country’s oldest stone bridge still in existence, the Pennypack Bridge built back in 1697.
The course for the race takes runners along some brief sections of the Pennypack Trail, the improved trail that winds through the park largely along the Pennypack Creek. Much of the race, however, takes runners through the trails that make their way through the park’s wooded forests, and organizers add runners can expect some creek crossings as well as rocks, roots and sand along the route.
The race finishes back near the Pine Road entrance to the park where the runners start, and the organizers also add that they’ll be serving “Oktoberfest”-style refreshments at the aid station near the 3rd and 10th mile marker on the course, which will offer German pastries and pretzels, not to mention sports energy drinks!
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Pennsylvania’s southeastern corner, Philadelphia typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the early fall, and moderate rainfall (October is one of the city’s drier months of the year).
On race day (Oct. 11), the average low is 50ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2014 Sloppy Cuckoo Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Sloppy Cuckoo Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Sloppy Cuckoo Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Sloppy Cuckoo Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 10:00 AM – 10K
- $45 for the half marathon, before September 14
- $50 after Sept. 14
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of the Sloppy Cuckoo Trail Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K, register online at UltraSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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