October Means High School Cross Country

by Tom Chobot

There are two youth events that Pacers get involved with this time of year; one is an official Pacer event, and one is where club members help with and provide volunteers for.

The “FALL RUN OFF INVITATIONAL” is a junior high 2-mile cross country race which will be held at the Reading Fairgrounds on October 24th. The club presents and supports this race as a community service activity, which is in its twelfth year and serves about 220 Berks County 7th and 8 grade runners. We need volunteers for race day activities, as well as for some clerical duties for a few evenings leading up to race day. Pacers have reported that they enjoy working at this race and get a great deal of satisfaction out of watching and supporting these young harriers. The entire event takes about 4 hours from start to finish ( 7AM to 11AM) but any amount of time you can provide is greatly appreciated.  

The other event is the Berks County High School Cross Country Championship Meet to be held on October 20th from 11:30AM to 2PM at Schuylkill Valley High School in Leesport. Club members provide manpower for finish line management and course marshaling. This is an ideal opportunity for retirees who wish to contribute to the running community. Also, since spectators will be substantially reduced because of COVID compliance, this is a great opportunity for members who are parents of these runners to get a front row seat on the course or at the finish. 

Both events are COVID compliant and every precaution will be taken to safely protect runners and workers.

For more details, please contact Tom Chobot at 484-269-2889 or chobot7957@msn.com

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