Wednesday Night Runs: September Locations

We run every Wednesday night–year round–at 6:15pm. Come join us. All paces welcome. No membership required.

Come for the run; stay for the fellowship. Bring a covered dish to share if you have time.

Locations for upcoming Wednesday Night Runs:

–SEPTEMBER 4: MONOCACY HILL RECREATION AREA, GEIGER RD, BIRDSBORO. Bring your trail shoes! Post-run gathering at Pete and Joanne’s: 7 Agata Drive, Douglassville. Bring your swimsuit!

–SEPTEMBER 11: Brian Stoltzfus’s residence, 408 Arrowhead Trail, Sinking Spring, PA.

–SEPTEMBER 18: ANTIETAM LAKE PARK, ANGORA RD, READING. Post-run gathering at John and Lauren’s: 107 Gosling Ct, Reading.

–SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Whalen’s residence (road/trail), 701 Pony Rd, Mohrsville, PA.

11/10/2019: Oley Valley Country Classic

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the Pagoda Pacers will be hosting the 25th running of the Oley Valley Country Classic 10 Mile and 5k race! It’s our silver anniversary, and we want to make this race better than ever. The changing leaves of the fall season will make a picture perfect course through the beautiful, rolling hills of the Oley Valley. We welcome runners of all abilities and look forward to providing a great running experience for everyone. 

There’s a chance we will be going with a tech shirt, but that’s unconfirmed. Otherwise, we’ll have a traditional long-sleeve cotton shirt with a fall-themed hex logo that looks great! The race will also feature split times at every mile, 4 water/Gatorade stops, hot and cold food galore, and a never-ending door prize table for all participants. This year’s OVCC can make a great fall race, a marathon-training long run, or a casual day running through farm country.

This year’s race will also host the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) 10-Mile Eastern Regional Championship. Thank you to the RRCA for their continued support!

We want to thank our generous sponsors. Their generosity helps continue to make this event a success. Thank you to Level Financial, Bob Fisher Chevrolet, Fleetwood Footcare Center, Gallen Insurance, and Reading Health Physicians Network and Sports Medicine.

This year’s shirts by Villa Grafix are beautifully designed. Its’ our best logo yet!  You will want to pre-register by Oct 29 for only $25 ($1 for every year we have been running the OVCC) to guarantee your size! There will be a raffle for a FREE pair of sneakers from Sneaker Villa. ONLY pre-registered runners will be entered in the raffle. We will have race-day registration and extra shirts while they last.

Awards are handmade by local glass artist Maggie Gallen of the Goggle Works. Each award is one-of-a-kind and something worth striving for.

While you are running your butt off for an award, if you break the course record in the 10-Mile OR the 5K, you can win $150 from Gallen Insurance! Thank you, Gallen Insurance, for your generous support of the Brea- the-Record prize money. (COURSE RECORDS: 10 Mile event M: 52:36 & F 59:42), (5K M: 15:34 & F: 19:11). Good luck to the speedsters!

We welcome all paces so bring the family! Follow us on Facebook: Oley Valley Country Classic 10Mile and 5k Run. Our FB page will have updates and maybe some surprises revealed along the way, such as a contest for a free entry if you can guess this year’s Hex sign! Hex signs all have names–can you name it? 

Pacers, we can use your help on race day. Contact Len Burton or Barry Goodhart for volunteer assignment or any other questions you may have about the race.  See the Pagoda Pacer website for race application and directions, or register on-line with Pretzel City Sports. 

Race timing will be handled by Pretzel City Sports; they have timed all of our races over the years, and we thank them for handling all the complicated stuff!!

Thank you to all the runners who have participated in this race over the years; we look forward to seeing you again this year. Bring a friend with you!

This year’s event looks to be another great one; I ordered great weather for the day!  This race benefits the Oley Valley Youth League and the Pagoda Pacer Scholarship Fund, so come out and show your support!  See you November 10th!

Shiver by the River 5k & 10k

Dates:  2nd Sunday:  Dec 8th, 2019; Jan 12th, 2020; Feb 9th, 2020; March 8th, 2020.  

Time:  10:00am

Location:  Jim Dietrich Park.  

Sponsors: Fleet Feet; Shillington Family Chiropractic Center; Kohl Pharmaceutical Research, LLC  .   

Details:  Fees have not changed.  Each race includes a post-race buffet of soup, bagels, and snacks.  End-of-year party includes a cold buffet, plus lots and lots of door prizes, overall awards, and 5-year age-group awards.  Last year, we created a new course with less traffic. Apps will be mailed with a Pretzel City mailing and can be found online by CLICKING HERE.  Once again, we are offering online registration, for the series, at

Come out and join us for our 30th season!!!!!!

Race Directors,

Sue Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

Blues Cruise 50k: Sunday, October 6th

This year’s Blues Cruise Trail Ultra will feature the same amazing course with the same amazing aid stations, but NEW swag and NEW awards! Register NOW on UltraSignup!

Victory Bell for 1st Male and Female Overall!
Paddle yourself to an Age Group Award; Steer your ship to a Finisher Award!
Long-sleeve PATAGONIA tech shirt for ALL participants!
Reversible runner’s beanie–also for ALL participants!

Follow the Blues Cruise 50k Facebook Group for updates and news on training runs.

Not racing Blues Cruise this year? You can still be part of the fun as a VOLUNTEER!

Volunteers are needed at individual Aid Stations as well as at the Start/Finish and on the course. Aid Station captains can be contacted directly for help. Most have put up requests on Facebook. The captains this year are as follows:

  • Steve McGuire (Blues Brothers)
  • Jane Setley (Margaritaville #2)
  • Polly Corvaia (Margaritaville #1)
  • Jeff Hills (Rats Nest)
  • Dave Gallen/Shaun Luther (Fugawi Tribe)
  • Caroline Hill (Oktoberfest)

Of course, volunteers for race day are desperately needed. They can contact me at I will assign them.

Volunteers are needed for the following :

  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Start/Finish Setup
  • Registration
  • Re-Sale Stand (Trying to sell old Blues Cruise stock)
  • Help with awards/timing
  • Help with food/setup
  • Clean-up help
  • Sweeping (Will be from Aid Station to Aid Station)

We will also need people for Course Marking on Saturday, October 5th at 3PM at the Lakeview Pavilion. People who are interested can contact Mike Yoder directly at 610-207-4247 via text or phone call. 

See you in October at beautiful Blue Marsh!

Race Results (August 2019)

August 2019
On the Rocks 16.7k trail
54/76Paul Makurath2:56:541st M70+
Burning River 100 Miler
135/294Laura Yoder29:21:062nd F 50-59
Radsport Mt. Penn Hill Climb Bike
38/67Michael Whalen12:56
Radsport Run to the Pagoda
11/15Michael Whalen14:34
3/4Jackie Snyder16:553rd Female
Run for Taylor 5K
5/113Jimmy Blandford19:381st M45-49
9Brock Kline20:313rd M35-39
17Donny Mengel22:481st M60-64
21Duane Renninger24:342nd M50-54
46Tania Salaneck31:082nd F35-39
51Ruth Machamer32:161st F45-49
54Jim Demsko32:27
113Michael Ranck54:43
Gring’s Mill 5K
6/208Grant Kellenberger20:371st M14 &U
70Mark Mazurkiewicz29:48
81Mary Boggs30:54
82Aly Costello30:55
88Barbara Raifsnider31:131st F55-59
99Larry Drogo32:20
115Sue Jackson33:522nd F60-64
149Yuriko Beaman37:00
181 Rose Hagy43:162nd F70-74
185Jeff Borelli44:36
190Judy Anttonen47:102nd F75+
Gring’s Mill 10K
9/146Dee Koutsourais43:142nd F30-34
19Jess Gockley45:222nd F35-39
30Ryan Watts47:303rd M40-44
32Duane Renninger49:091st M50-54
35Donny Mengel49:253rd M60-64
38Patrick Boggs49:59
62Tony Agentowicz56:14
73Janine Beidler58:50
107Heidi Moebius1:04:401st F 75+
108Aaron Kreider1:04:45
111Julia Hager1:05:47
115Blair Hogg1:06:31
139Cynthia Borelli1:18:00
Half Wit Half Marathon Trail
25/215Dale Wiest2:11:311st M60-67
71Donny Mengel2:33:224th M60-67
107Tom Chobot2:45:11
164Paul Makurath3:13:49
170Barbara Raifsnider3:17:44
Eastern States 100 mile trail
65/133Rhoda Smoker32:12:05
116April Zimmerman35:12:08
Avalon 5 Miler
33/174Karen Rule38:192nd F40-49

Minutes from the General Meeting (August 2019)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: August 8, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Blind Hartman’s Tavern

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—111% of target; down since last month due to expenses for Blues Cruise and payment for mailing for the fall. Question asked about comparison of races to last year: Shaun says most races are up for revenue-to-expenses.


  • Charlie Horse—Libby—directors need to have a meeting. Going well otherwise
  • Run for the Ages: No report
  • Grings Mill—Caroline Hill—406 total runners registered/354 finishers. More this year in sponsorships allowed for some excellent prizes. Better control of expenses equaled much better profit for this year. Some felt the 5K was a little longer than 5K. Probably would like to wheel measure next year. Caroline thanked the volunteers.
  • Blues Cruise—Dan Govern—registration at about 200 right now. All swag is ordered: going with Patagonia long-sleeve shirt (women’s and men’s cuts), and Headsweats hat with logo. Dan is upping the swag to attract more runners. The finishers’ medals are in. The overall male and female winners will receive ships’ bells for awards. Dan is going three deep for the age-group awards. He has some donations of Gu gel, 2Toms anti-chafing lube, and some towels. He is trying to get some other free items, and is using UltraSignup and Constant Contact advertising, and is considering a Facebook ad. He is thinking about some training runs, “fat ass” style, but he would need help with this.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic: No report
  • Kris Kringle—Polly Corvaia—starting to get artwork together for hoodies. Has more gnome figurines to give as awards. Permits to start in September. Application on line is available, paper format will be out soon. Possibility of chip timing discussed with PCS. One issue last year was parking which was congested getting to the start, so she is looking at some different start options. Looking for some assistance with the different aspects, where a volunteer would own a certain portion.
  • Shiver by the River—Sue Jackson—dates confirmed with the township, Muhlenberg. App will be out soon. Second Sunday of each month for the series. Working on the shirts. 
  • Jr. High Cross Country—Tom Chobot—Oct 19, (Fairgrounds) and Oct 15 (Kutztown, Tuesday) is the Senior High Event. 
  • Reading Hospital Friends Half Marathon, 5K, Fun Run—Ellie Alderfer—Oct 13, requesting Pacer volunteers for aid stations and to help with parking, which this year is near the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Drivers have to be kept out of the employee and visitor parking areas for the hospital. Aug 28, a Wednesday night run, will be a preview run for this event.

Committee Reports

Social Committee: Nothing definitively planned, due to the summer.

Communications Committee:

  • Newsletter—shout out given to Matt Brophy for taking over the newsletter. He has adapted the newsletter to a new web page format. 
  • Facebook—stats: about 1500 likes. There were a lot of post shares with the Special Olympics donation photo from the Charlie Horse race. 

Community Service: no report

Charity Committee: no report

Membership committee: No report

Old business

  • Membership promotion at the Grings Mill race—Jane Setley—she was not able to get a membership table for event, just too much going on for that day. Would still recommend a separate effort to do this at each race, though, just not to have the race director try to coordinate.
  • Trailer: Steve Maguire—still need to pick one out. Mike Whalen is available to assist. Goal is to get before Blues Cruise.
  • Trail maintenance: Mike Whalen is doing some clearing this weekend. Then possibly 2 weeks prior to Blues Cruise to have a more formal event. Bridge in our area is in poor shape, so will need to address further.
  • Phil still needs help with Sunshine Committee.
  • New signage: Mike Whalen—showed some options that can be printed out for about $5 each. He can supply the chloroplast and the wires, so he will take care of this. 

New business

  • Jim Cramer, loss of our fellow runner—celebration of his life on Aug 25 at Camp Swatara (tentative).
  • Andrea, a new member: she is involved with Girls on the Run. She would like more involvement from the Pacers, such as sponsorship, especially to fund scholarships that provide the cost to some of the worthy girls who want to do the program, or as volunteers at the event. This will be brought to the board. Tom Chobot will follow up with Andrea for what Pacers can do to assist.
  • Issue of a free entry to races will be address at the next race directors meeting.