Nikolauslauf Race Features Hundreds Of Santas

Nikolauslauf Race Features Hundreds Of Santas

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

Germany is known for its great German food, great beer, and this time of year, wonderful Christmas markets.

But around Christmas time, Germany is also known for another festive event — the Nikolauslauf.

The Nikolauslauf is a race that involves hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus — or St. Nicholas, as he’s known across the pond.

More than 1,000 people took place in the 10th annual Michendorf Saint Nicholas Run, all of them dressed in red and white Santa Claus hats and shirts, The race took place in the small town of Michendorf, near Berlin, Germany.

Runners are allowed to wear track pants or whatever they wish on the bottom and, of course, running shoes. Participants can choose to run a 5K or 10K race.

Cologne and Tübingen, Germany also  put on runs, but do not require participants to wear Santa Claus costumes, according to The Local.

The Tübingen Nikolauslauf half marathon started in 1976.

Many cities in the United States also sponsor Santa Claus runs, and participants often receive a Santa hat and shirt with their registration packet. The Jingle Bell run is also a popular variation, with runners encouraged to come up with their own holiday-themed costume.

In 2016, the Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler in Virginia Beach, Virginia broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Santa Claus run with 5,025 race participants dressed in Santa suits crossing the finish line.

Guinness required that all participants wear all five pieces of the Santa suit provided to them for the duration of the race, including red pants, a red jacket, hat, black belt, and a white, Runner’s World reported.

When you’re finished running — or just finished running around doing your holiday shopping and errands — stop in at Checkers Old Munchen in Pompano Beach for an energizing meal that will sustain you throughout the holidays or a relaxing German beer. They won’t even make you dress up in a Santa suit to receive the best holiday service!

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More Cowbell? German Couple Says No Thanks

More Cowbell? German Couple Says No Thanks

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

If you want a peaceful, relaxing delicious German experience, you can head to Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano Beach for a wonderful meal and great atmosphere.

But there’s one couple who thinks their German experience is anything but placid, and they’re trying to do something about it, the BBC reported.

A married couple in the town of Holzkirchen, south of Munich, think there is too much noise, and they know who to blame. The local cows.

The couple, who bought a large house on the edge of the peaceful market town in southern Germany thinks that the clanging cowbells that a local farmer places on her cows are too loud. So they are suing the owner to make her removed the noisemakers.

The noisy cows graze in a meadow nearby. They say they are also bothered by the bad smell of cow manure and the bugs that it brings.

The cows were not there when the couple bought their house. The neighboring farm was vacant at the time. Now it is the site of a small dairy farm, which has occupied the space since 2014.

The farmer says cowbells are part of both Bavarian tradition and are an important way for her to keep track of her cows. The husband of the suing couple lost a lawsuit against the farmer in 2017 and is appealing. The wife has filed a second lawsuit.

They have also sued the town council for leasing the meadow to the farmer.

At some least none of the cows appear to be as large as Knickers, a seven-year-old Australian steer that is believed to be the biggest one in a country that is home to millions of cattle.

Because Knickers is too big for slaughterhouses to handle at 6’4 and about 2,800 pounds, he will live out the rest of his days on Lake Preston feedlot in Myalup, 136km (85 miles) south of Perth.

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German Shepherd Saves Family From Gas Leak

German Shepherd Saves Family From Gas Leak

Posted on Nov 26, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

Germany is not only known for its great food, like the wonderful dishes you will find at Checkers Old Munchen German Restaurant in Pompano Beach. They also have produced a great breed of dog, the German Shepherd.

One German Shepherd is being credited with saving the lives of her family members in Delaware, Breitbart reported.

On November 13, Greta, a 5-year-old German Shepherd rescue dog, alerted her owners to a potentially deadline propane leak in the house by barking outside her owner’s bedroom door. When her owner, Ken Walsh, tried to calm her down as she was barking in the middle of the night, the dog continued to be agitated and kept barking.

Greta led Walsh into the kitchen, where he discovered that the propane stove had been leaking gas, and that several rooms in the house were filling up.

Propane gas is flammable and can suffocate those who inhale it. Wash’s wife and 14-year-old son were also in the house at the time.

Greta is being hailed as a hero within the family. She was rewarded for her good deed, with the Walshes cooking her a special meal of steak and sweet potatoes.

According to the American Kennel Club, German Shepherd dogs are loyal, courageous, confident, have the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and are willing to put their life on the line in defense of their loved ones. German Shepherds are gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but the breed standard says, there’s a “certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 75, and his wife, Jill, recently adopted a German Shepherd dog from the Delaware Humane Association. Their new dog, Major, is from a litter that included six other German shepherd puppies. The dogs were all  given “life-saving medical care” after exposure to “something toxic in their home,” the Delaware Humane Association news release said.

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