Mike Ranck’s Marathon

A long list of runners turned out for the 2019 Harrisburg Marathon, all running in honor of Mike Ranck, who ran all previous 47 iterations of the race: Mike Zimmerman (who completed his first marathon), Laura Yoder (who won her age group and qualified for Boston), Jess Gockley (who completed her first marathon and placed 2nd in her age group and qualified for Boston), Karen Gibbons (who completed her first marathon), Brian Stones (who qualified for Boston), Rhoda Smoker, Conrad Smoker, Jon Durand, Ryan Espulgar, Donny Mengel, Dan Govern, and Brooke Schell.

It was an emotional day for all these runners, who each wore pictures of Mike on their shirts.

Brooke ran with Mike’s jacket, which he wore while finishing last year’s marathon. Fresh in her mind was the memory of Mike’s continually hopeful talk, during his treatment, that he would be able to at least walk the marathon this year.

Mike made his presence known with graffiti on a bridge near the finish.

Mike’s wife Laurie, his daughter Courtney, and his granddaughter Willow were all in attendance to see the finishers. Brooke presented Willow with Mike’s medal.

Race Results (November 2019)

Email race results to Race Results Coordinator Karen Rule at raceresults@pagodapacers.com.

November 2019
Call of the Wilds 50K
16Andy Styer6:56:10
Cheslen Chase for Open Space 10K
Paul Makurath1:16:57
Pennypack Trail Fest 20K
Paul Makurath2:39:37
Oley Classic 10 Miler
14Dee Koutsourais1:06:001st F30-34
15Curt Minich1:06:212nd M50-54
36Andy Styer1:11:382nd M45-49
141Jackie Snyder1:29:31
162Ann Gery1:32:18
185Ellie Alderfer1:37:25
186Blair Hogg1:37:37
211Kristen Rothenberger1:43:41
218Lisa Domeshek1:45:09
226Heide Moebius1:46:401st F75+
234Barbara Raifsnider1:49:32
Oley Classic 5K
5Grant Kellenberger19:021st M<15
13Greg Kellenberger20:452nd M40-44
75Jane Setley28:453rd F50-54
77Zeb Ganster28:492nd M30-34
123Rose Hagy36:112nd F70-74
Ghouls and Fools Nighttime Trail 10K
8Steve Maguire58:061st M50-59
15Mike Yoder1:02:073rd M50-59
23Brandon Beane1:04:01
24Dana Seitzinger1:04:05
28Laura Yoder1:04:311st F50-59
56Katie Frederick1:12:463rd F<39
100Colleen Fitzpatrick1:23:341st F Clyde
104Joe Veppert1:23:42
105Karen Rule1:23:434th F40-49
106Tamara Fisher1:23:50
107Chris Fisher1:23:52
142Kim Kohl1:46:57
143Kate Willis1:46:59
144Lisa Domeshek1:47:07
Fitzy’s 5K
5Mark Yourkavitch21:361st M55-59
10Dale Wiest22:341st M60-64
16Tony Agentowicz22:452nd M55-59
25Beth Kohl23:312nd Female
125Ellie Vanderbeck33:23
Tough Turkey 5K
3Steve Maguire21:581st M50-59
6Kate Martin23:371st F30-39
11April Zimmerman25:482nd F30-39
14Ruth Machamer27:522nd F40-49
27Rose Hagy40:551st F60+
Harrisburg Marathon
51Brian Stones3:13:25
103Jess Gockley3:28:102nd F35-39
134Jon Durand3:33:30
164Laura Yoder3:39:011st F50-54
190Dan Govern3:43:20
309Rhoda Smoker4:08:16
313Brooke Schell4:08:41
372Donny Mengel4:20:47
546Mike Zimmerman5:14:54
547Kristin Schimp5:14:59
548Katelyn Miller5:15:02
579Mike Reese5:36:05
Run for Riley 5K
Cyndi Borelli32:29
Jeff Borelli40:02
Philadelphia Marathon
1922Steve Vida3:34:07
9642Olivia Vida6:07:21

Kris Kringle

The 33rd running of the KRIS KRINGLE 5 MILE RACE is Sunday, December 29th at 11:00 AM at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533. 

Last year we had 629 finishers, and we are on target to reach as many this year. Are you registered yet? Pre-registering helps us plan better, so we can guarantee you get a hoodie. Click HERE to register now.

If you are not running it, please volunteer; we need your help. Come to the Ag Center between 8:30 – 9:00am.

Proceeds benefit high school runners through the Berks County Cross Country Coaches Association and provide college scholarships, free running shoes to students in need, and sponsorship of the Junior High Cross Country Invitational Race.

Shiver by the River

The 30th annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is NOW.  The first one is Sunday, Dec 8th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  Registration opens at 8:30am; both races start at 10:00am.  If you can’t run all 4 of them, run 3, run 2, or run 1.  

If you choose not to run the race, please consider volunteering.  We need volunteers before the race, for parking and registration; during the race – on the road, at the finish line and in the farmhouse; and after the race – for cleanup.  If you can help prior to the race, please plan to arrive between 8:00 – 8:15.  If you can help with the race itself, please arrive no later than 9:30. Look for one of the race directors somewhere around the farmhouse.   Thank you in advance for your support!

Hope to see you there!!!

Sue Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

Update from the Sunshine Committee

by Phil Lechner

The Sunshine Committee tries its best to reach out to those in our Pacer family during times of need, hardship, celebration, and other occasions.  Over the last few months, the following have received “sunshine” from the Pacer family:

Tom and Beth Kohl, Lauren Massaro and John Thompson, Jimmy Cramer’s family, Mike Ranck’s family, The Durand Family (Jon and Karin), Diane Grim, the Luther family, and the Lynch family.

Those interested in helping out with the Sunshine Committee should contact Phil Lechner at lechnerp@comcast.net.

Minutes from the General Meeting (November 2019)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: November 14, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Blind Hartman’s Tavern

Ballots were distributed for the election for the board of director positions (4 x 2-year positions) and president (1-year position). (Results in new business.)

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—112% of target; prepaid for mailings, our equipment is moved out of the shed, and then Shaun has prepaid for the trailer spot.


  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon and 5K—Shaun Luther—Registrations available on Ultra Signup for the race on May 23, 2020. Robeson Township received a grant to build a footbridge across the stream at the first water crossing, so that may be done by the race. There’s no plan at this time for a bridge at the second water crossing.
  • Run for the Ages 10K—Donna Hey—June 28, no other update.
  • Grings Mill 10K & 5K—Caroline Hill—Sunday, Aug 2. Will keep registration and start at the red bridge area. The directors are looking for new ideas for awards, something with a little pizzazz.
  • Blues Cruise 50K—Dan Govern—registrations already coming in for the Oct 4, 2020, event.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic—Len Burton—run on Nov 10, it was a good day, volunteers showed up, and they had a successful run. Special thanks to Charlie Crowell who did the shuttling of the large finish-line apparatus and gave his time as a street crossing guard duty.
  • Kris Kringle 5-Miler—Polly Corvaia—Dec 29, start at 11:00 a.m., this year is clockwise, so runners will hit the hill in the beginning. 170 pre-registered so far, so on track for a good turnout. All registered runners have received an email confirmation that their registration was received. Kohl Pharmaceutical Research wants to sponsor, so will use that sponsorship for gift baskets. Money/gift cards for the top 2 males and top 2 females. Ted Andrus will donate Southwest tickets again this year. He has moved out of the area, so his continued support is appreciated. Steel gray is the hoodie color this year. Sponsor Fleet Feet and other vendors will be at the event. Polly is offering to have someone who is interested shadow her for possible transition to another race director.
  • Shiver by the River 10Ks and 5Ks—Sue Jackson—about 170 pre-registered; on track so far for planning. The swag will be a soft cotton shirt, which has been popular this year. Always need volunteers, and, more so, runners. Same course as last year, with better paving this year. Dec 8 is the first race at 10 a.m. Need a volunteer road marshal for “Ken’s corner,” as Ken Seale has moved out of the area.

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Christmas Party, Dec 6, Grill Fire Company, $10 for members/$20 for non-members, 6 to 11 p.m., disc jockey again this year. Raffles, etc. This is Swampy’s 25th year of organizing the party.
  • Reading Royals hockey game, will be scheduled for a Saturday night, probably in January.
  • Wallyball, will be scheduled, probably in February.
  • Caroline Hill is going to look into axe throwing or an escape room outing.
  • Jane Setley will put a list on line for voting on activities.

Communications Committee:

  • Facebook: If anyone has information for posting, please let Jane Setley know.

Community Service:

  • Weekly runs: the weekly runs are scheduled on a fairly consistent rotating basis. If anyone has a new idea for a running route, please share it with Phil Lechner. Matt Brophy is planning to create a route in Reading.
  • Trail Maintenance: Blue Marsh has received funds to repair, rework, and upgrade the trails over a 5-year period. On Nov 20 they are having a meeting at Bldg 24, which BAMBA is attending. Some Pacers will also attend. We still have a section of trail that we maintain, as well as funds available for projects at Blue Marsh.

Charity Committee:

  • Scholarships: The application process is open. The deadline for submission is the end of February.

Membership committee: The annual renewal of membership is due, and emails will be sent on 11/15. Payments for membership are accepted at the Christmas party.

Old business

  • The trailer has decals now, and has been in use at the races.
  • Girls on the Run 5K event is on Nov 24

New business:

  • Dale Wiest spoke about a charitable activity he has become passionate about—he would like to use running strollers to push disabled individuals in races, so they can experience the races as well. He spoke to Ruthie Vanderbeck of IM Able, and that agency has two donated running strollers which can be loaned out. His idea is to research this further, as far as interest, legality, insurance, etc., with the goal to test this on two races in April and May. His email is wiesty58@gmail.com, and he would like to hear from anyone who would like to be part of this.
  • Tom Chobot received an email from the Hamburg teachers group. They would like to have a bench on the Bartram Trail in memory of Mike Ranck, and are asking for donations. There is interest in the club to do this, so Tom will look further into the details of the contribution needs.
  • Election results: Board members elected/re-elected: Ellie Alderfer, Beth Kohl, Karen Rule, and Mike Yoder were elected for 2-year terms. For President, Steve Maguire was re-elected to another 1-year term.