I was supposed to go to Texas this past weekend, but a couple of weeks ago I realized it wasn’t going to happen. After a few days of moping I decided to make sure I had a fun weekend in Philly. Saturday and Sunday were both great days, but I am going to go in reverse order and start with Sunday.
With the prospect of being bummed all weekend I did what any normal person does to cheer themselves up…sign up for a running race! I had heard of the Dirty German Endurance Fest, but honestly never gave it much thought. After some prodding from friends I decided to sign up.
They offer 25k, 50k, and 50 mile options. I chose 25k (that’s 15.5 miles). The race is held in Pennypack Park, in Northeast Philly, and is mostly on trails but there are a few paved parts.
Everything about this race is low-key, which I loved. We got to the park about 45 minutes before the start and I easily picked up my bib and used the portopotties. Hung around the car for a bit and ate breakfast, then headed back to the start and met up with some friends.
The race is really small and it has a neutral start on an open field. The start caught me off guard because we were all standing around talking then everyone took off running.
I talked to a lot of people throughout the race and it was awesome how nice and friendly everyone was. I was especially in awe of the 78 year old man that was running the 50k.
Eric brought his mountain bike and I was able to see him quite a bit! He forgot his cowbell but downloaded a cowbell app and was ringing it while I ran by. It was quite a hit and he got a lot of laughs.
I probably had the most fun I’ve ever had while running during this race. The trails and different terrain kept things interesting and gave me something to focus on. I never felt overly tired or like I hated running, which are things that usually happen during longer distances.
I remember looking at my watch when it hit 2 hours and I couldn’t believe I had already been running for that long, it felt like 30 minutes.
The trails aren’t too technical, but there are some climbs, rocks, small creeks, and roots.
Not sure my official finish time, but my garmin says 2:23.
I would highly recommend this race to anyone for so many reasons. It was the most fun I’ve ever had and it was awesome running such a small race. It was a great introduction to trail racing and everyone I met was really nice and helpful.
They have a few more races this year and I am definitely going to try to make a few of them.