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 to 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 Park in Philadelphia. 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 (unusual energy drinks and snacks served by the St. Pauli girls).You will be fed 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 & former Seattle Seahawk kicker 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 PA” 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).