Race Results (February 2021)

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

Chilly Cheeks
50Katie Frederick1:27:432nd F40-49
55Kelly Murdock1:28:022nd F0-39
106John Thompson1:41:52
167Barbara Raifsnider2:06:07
Naked Nick 25k
19Dale Wiest2:29:272nd M60-69
98Jill Roper3:01:15
233Barb Raifsnider4:11:08
Naked Nick 50k
60Jason Karpinski6:38:11

Pagoda Pacers 2021 Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 31, 2021

The Pagoda Pacers award four outstanding High School seniors each with a $750 scholarship for their continuing education. Students are recognized for their participation and achievements in athletics, academics and community service.

Two scholarships are open to all high school seniors whose parents are, and have been for at least one year, members in good standing of the Pagoda Pacers. 

Two scholarships are open to all high school seniors who participated on a Berks County high school cross country team. Due to COVID-19, students need not have run in their senior year to be eligible. 
Scholarship application and additional details are online at https://www.pagodapacers.com/Scholarships/About.aspx.

Applications may be mailed to Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club, Attn: Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 4115, Reading, PA 19606, with postmark by 3/31, or may be emailed by midnight on 3/31 to scholarshipcoordinator@pagodapacers.com.

Minutes from the General Meeting (February, 2021)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: February 11, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—we are at 118% of target. Starting to see income from Blues Cruise and Charlie Horse registrations. Savings were taken from an unused bulk mail account, which hasn’t been used in 2 years, and closed the account. The residual money in the account will be refunded. RRCA is refunding money for the music licenses that weren’t used. The IRS sent a letter that stated the 2019 had to be filed—which they already were. So Shaun is trying to resolve this by providing copies of the tax return and the mailing receipts.


  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon—Shaun Luther—May 29, 2021, he and Libby have been reviewing options of how to hold the race. Thinking is that people won’t want to ride on bus with other people, which is the traditional transportation, or hire 3 buses. But this is an expense. Starting a Rustic Park is difficult, especially with the minor vandalism to the marking in previous years. The third option is start/end at Sleepy Hollow. Shaun was able to get this option approved by Brecknock Township. They had a few reasonable conditions that would allow this to happen. So, this is the 90% most likely course that will happen. There are some road crossings. Shaun will be looking at places for aid stations. This year will be a half marathon only (no 5K). No day-of registration, or post run awards, celebration, or eating. (See the PP Discussion Group FB page for updates.)
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run—Donna Hey—Nolde still has restriction on group activity. She has some dates in mind, and will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K—Jane Setley—they have the date, and will be starting the planning. 
  • Blues Cruise 50K—Dan Govern—registration is open. About 40 people are registered. Has the permit and the pavilion reserved. Caught up on the details for now. He is planning some training trail runs. Fleet Feet has offered to do an aid station.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic—no report.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler—Polly Corvaia—the profit was more than budgeted this past race due to limited expenses. Polly would like to give to a few charities. First option, $900 each to the coaches, a charity, and Pacer general fund. Second option, $900 each to coaches association, IM Able foundation, and the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) Fund, to improve the section of trail in West Reading that is having security issues. Polly is asking for people to donate additional funds to either the Schuylkill River Trail or IM Able. The club voted to give $800 each to the three charities (coaches, IM Able, and SRT) and reserve $300 to the clubs general fund. Polly will post additional information on the PP Discussion Group about individuals volunteering on 3/27 for the “Reviving the Reading Gateway Section of the SRT” and/or donating to the $70,000 needed for the project.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K—Sue Jackson—Regarding the 2/14 scheduled race, the condition of park and the course were not good, and the weather forecasters are calling for more bad weather. The decision was made to postpone this race until February 28. There will still be a race on March 14. Sue will need volunteers, mostly for people to manage the traffic and runners on the road.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational—Tom Chobot—still a fluid situation, no updates yet. 

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Movie night at the Goggleworks was looked into by Polly. Max occupancy is 25 people in the theater. They sell wine, beer, beverages, and food. The cost is $10 per person, so it would be no cost to the club. If interested the theater must be reserved for at least 6 people. They have a list of movies that can be shown. Larry Sundberg will take this project on. 
  • Possibility of something in the Spring at Mike Whalen’s.

Communications Committee—Jon Durand—will still try to plan a Wawa-type run.

  • Newsletter—Matt Brophy—nothing to add. Ideas for content are welcome.
  • Facebook—Jane Setley—has been keeping up with the Discussion Page.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs—Steve McGuire—good attendance for these WNRs. Shaun Luther mentioned using an e-blast in Constant Contact for a “new runner” to try to reach a larger crowd to perhaps get a better showing. Focus on one that’s more centrally located. Steve will look at a good location. Mike Whalen offered that the club should be more cognizant of any new people and their running paces. The group agreed that we should try for a better focus on making this work. Do an e-blast, choose a night that seems central, or perhaps designate a particular night in the month. Will try to start in April, when there will be daylight for the start of the WNRs.
  • Trail Maintenance—Mike Whalen—some areas need clean up, so he will coordinate a few people to do this when the location is accessible. 

Charity Committee

  • Scholarship committee—Beth Kohl—she wants to bump the deadline for application submission to the end of March (March 31st), as the applications are usually due the end of February. An e-blast for the Pacer-related portion of the scholarship will be sent. Tom will send an email to the head of the coaches association, who can forward an email to county coaches.

Membership committee: No report

Old business

  • Donna Hey—donation to Nolde Forest to improve the trail markings (as described in January’s meeting minutes). They want to enhance the markings there now. It would be a $1400 donation to the Friends of Nolde Forest. The donation amount of $1400 was proposed and seconded by the membership present. The Friends are agreeable to the ‘big check’ presentation, and posting on their social media sites

New business

  • Fleet feet is looking to expand its involvement with the club, such as an aid station at Blues Cruise. They put a paid-for article in the newsletter, which was not its traditional advertising method. They may have some shoe fittings at WNRs and are offering more trail shoes in their store to cater to that running market.
  • Tom Chobot—Dylan McKissick wants to put together a morning run program in Spring Township. If we have members in this area who are interested, Tom is forwarding details to Matt for the newsletter.
  • Georgine McCool said that Constant Contact is going to do an upgrade on March 1st that will require a new template. Not a lot of races use this, so Georgine will take care of creating a new template.

Shiver by the River: March, 2021

Normally at this time of year, I am begging for donations for the Shiver banquet and begging for volunteers for the March Shiver, since we need more volunteers than other Shivers. However, nothing is normal right now.  Instead, by the time you read this, we hope we have had our first live race on Feb 28th. And that will be followed by another live Shiver two weeks later on March 14th.  

As always, we are looking for Pacers to RUN the race, but if that isn’t an option, we always need volunteers.  We don’t need as many volunteers prior to race, since there is no race day registration; and we don’t need anyone after the race, as there is no food.  However, we do need volunteers to park cars; direct runners at the various intersections; help in the chute; keep the water stop table filled with cups of water; and to furnish water and Gatorade after the race. The water/Gatorade table at the end will have 1 or 2 volunteers, wearing gloves, filling the cups and placing them on the table for the runners to take. This will prevent dozens of runners from touching the containers. 

To help in planning, it is appreciated if you can let us know in advance of your availability by directly contacting Sue, Georgine, or Tiffany or by emailing shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com. However, if you can’t commit until race day, that is fine, just find one of the race directors at the swag pickup area. For those on the road, we can give you an intersection, so it is your choice if you want to come to the park or go directly to your intersection. 

Swag pickup opens at 8:30, so we ask that those parking cars or helping with swag pickup, arrive around 8:00-8:15. The race starts at 10:00, so we ask those helping during the race to arrive around 9:30, or if going directly to your intersection, please be there by 10:00. Swag pickup will be at the pavilion, near the farmhouse. We ask everyone to wear a mask. Gloves will be provided.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Shiver, whether as a runner, or volunteer, or both. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through the ever-changing restrictions and regulations!! Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Stay Safe everyone!!!!

Sue, Georgine, and Tiffany

Trail Runner Survey and “Spike Week” from Fleet Feet

Fleet Feet has not always carried the widest range of trail running products, but we would like to change that.  Berks County has some of the best trail running on the east coast and we’d like to take care of our trail athletes.  We are looking to you, the Pagoda Pacers, to help us with some decisions of which products to carry.  Please CLICK HERE to take a quick survey that will help us determine the most important items we must add to our inventory.


Track season is here! Get the gear you need at Fleet Feet West Reading. Join us in-store March 12-21 for savings on everything you need to perform your best all season long!

– 15% of all spikes and footwear
– 15% off all massage products
– 20% off all apparel
– Buy 3 Get 1 Free on all socks
– Free gift with spike purchase

*This deal extends to all middle school, high school and college track athletes*

We highly encourage you to schedule an appointment to be fitted for shoes or spikes during spike week. Due to the pandemic and our limited space, an appointment will make your visit easier and more efficient.

Schedule an appointment here: https://v2.waitwhile.com/book/fleetfeetwestre/service

Kris Kringle 2020 Final Report

At the February meeting we discussed and voted on splitting the profits from the race with three other organizations. We will donate $800.00 to each of the following organizations:

1. Berks County Cross Country Coaches Association

2. IM Able Foundation

3. Schuylkill River Greenways. Donation will go towards their fundraising effort to revive the Reading Gateway Section of The Schuylkill River Trail. A volunteer day for this project is March 27 and you must pre-register. For more information see the article in this newsletter “SRT: Reading Gateway Initiative.” 

SRT: Reading Gateway Initiative

The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) is a treasure to our running, biking and outdoor loving community. Our club is donating money to improve safety conditions and we are forming a group to help on the volunteer day: March 27. We have 20 Pagoda Pacer T-Shirts and car magnets for volunteers. If you register to volunteer and would like a T-Shirt, email you name and size to info@pagodapacers.com. You must register to volunteer. Thank you.

Click HERE to register to volunteer on March 27th!

Click HERE to donate to the Reading Gateway Initiative!

Click HERE for more information on the Reading Gateway Initiative!

Wednesday Night Runs: March, 2021 Locations

Daylight awaits — let’s spring forward together!

To keep these runs safe, it’s very important that we practice appropriate protocol. In addition to bringing a headlamp and wearing reflective gear, remember to wear a mask for the pre-run sign-in and to maintain 6 feet of separation from other runners.

Reminder: We need everyone to sign in (and sign a waiver) before EACH Wednesday Night Run. This is necessary for our insurance and for contact tracing (if necessary). Make sure you familiarize yourself with the GROUP RUN GUIDELINES AND WAIVER before attending.

–March 3: Home Depot, 1731 Crossing Dr., Wyomissing

–March 10: Weis Supermarket, 2020 N. 13th St., Reading, PA

–March 17: Brentwood Trailhead, Morgantown Rd., Reading

–March 24: John Bartram Trailhead, Kernsville Dam Rd., Hamburg

–March 31: Nolde Forest, 3025 New Holland Rd, Reading (Lot TBA)