Race Results (April 2023)

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Kutztown Fools Run 10 Miler

1:20:10Katie Frederick1st F 40-44
1:20:13Beth Kohl2nd F 40-44
1:30-34Kristen Jacoby1st F 65-59
1:34:19Jackie Snyder2nd F 60-64
1:36:58Blair Hogg
1:42:27Kristen Rothenberger
1:47:21Tory Clugston
2:08:40Scott Scheidt

Kutztown Fools Run 5k

19:25Brock Kline2nd M 40-44
23:26Jeremy Rapp3rd M 45-49
23:26Todd Phillips2nd M 55-59
34:26Jeanne Gochnauer
35:06Diane Gilbert
43:04Richard Showers
46:53Bruce Cronrath

April Foolish 10 hr Trail Race

9:22:14Chris Fisher44 miles 3rd 40-49
9:28:57Ben Lego44 miles
6:46:09Ted Bieniosek31 miles
7:00:02Amy Bird31 miles
6:42:44Janine Beidler20 miles
6:42:46Helene Horn20 miles
3:51:24Joanne Patti12 miles
4:39:49Michael Oetting12 miles

Hyner View 50k

5:43:35David Dunkelberger
6:20:06Stephanie Kershner
6:32:47Mark Weaver
6:32:47Karin Tursack
6:36:15Andy Styer
7:21:21Curtis Musser
7:29:08Justin Kershner
7:36:09Michael Reinhart
7:42:12Shane Shin
8:34:36Melissa Lin
8:39:31Alex Dunkelberger
8:59:36Jason Tolley
9:25:01Tania Salaneck
9:30:22Fred Foose

Hyner View 25k

3:24:04Brian Lubenow
3:46:35Pete Groth
4:15:58Jackie Snyder2nd F 60+
4:39:28Laura Werner
7:40:01Michelle Henry
7:40:28Julia Hager

Lancaster Butterfly Trail 5k

43:44Rose Hagy1st F 70+
43:51Judy Antonnen2nd F 70+

Third Thirsty Thursday 5k Race #1/7

18:16Mihai Sanchez2nd M Overall
23:09Nicholas DiMascio2nd M 60-67
29:58Michelle Foley
31:20Larry Drogo4th M 68-74
31:41Shawn Weller
33:46Dianne Showers3rd F 60-67
36:20Diane Gilbert
39:51Barbara Raifsnider
40:54Rick Showers
41:40Michael Oetting
52:56Helene Horn

Bull Run Run 50-Miler

7:27:58James Blandford1st Overall
9:21:44Kelly Ammon2nd F Overall

Coastal Delaware 9k

1:02:34Yuriko Beaman

Coastal Delaware Half Marathon

1:41:22Matthew Brophy

On the Dam Trail: Quemahoning 30k

2:58:08Justin Good1st Overall
3:34:41Karen Rule

On the Dam Trail: Quemahoning 50k

6:19:52Brandon Beane2nd M 40-49
6:41:41Katie Frederick2nd F Overall

Oley Valley Country Classic Gets a New Sponsor

Welcome a new supporter to the Pagoda Pacer family: IMG Physical Therapy of Fleetwood PA.

IMG representatives Eric Parish (Master of PT) and Christopher Gordos (Doctor of PT and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist) will speak before our May 11th monthly meeting from 6:30-7:00 p.m. about sports injuries and treating orthopedic injuries. Their practice offers a wide range of treatments and services for all orthopedic problems. Come before the meeting, and they will be happy to answer any questions you have or address any nagging running injuries you want to ask about.

IMG will be supporting the Oley Valley Country Classic race in November; look for their booth and information at the race.

For more information about IMG, visit their website or call their office (610-801-1750). Thank you, IMG, for your support, and see you on the treatment table!!

Minutes from the General Meeting (April, 2023)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: April 13, 2023

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – account is at 137% of target, some outstanding expenses still from the Shiver. Income coming in via Run SignUp for Grings Mill.


  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon and Dirty Pony 5K (Sunday, May 28, 2023) – Shaun Luther – Registration has picked up slightly. The entry fee price increases soon. Shaun will put together a work crew for the area where logging started recently. This won’t interfere with the race, but the trail will be ripped up and needs to be redrawn. The section is off Maple Grove Road, about ¾ of a mile in length.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Chase (Sunday, June 25, 2023) – Blair Hogg and Donna Hey – Registration starting to pick up. Socks are the swag this year. They need volunteers day of, and 4 hours the day prior (Saturday, June 24) to mark the trail.
  • Grings Mill Run 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 6, 2023) – Jason Karpinski – experience with registration through Run SignUp is good and has useful features to track registration.
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2023) – Mike Whalen – Counter clockwise direction this year. Many volunteers will be needed (about 90). About 44 registrants so far.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic (Saturday, November 4, 2023) – Barry Goodheart – The awards will be grouped into 5-year age groups. The directors are working on the shirt design.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (completed for the 2022/2023 season) – Sue Jackson – Made a little under $2000. After reading the survery responses, some changes will be made for next year, which include swag and an alternate direction of course. Meeting soon to plan for next year. 

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Caroline Hill – Bike ride – Oaks to Manayunk; about 30 miles round trip, flat, can use a road or gravel bike; suggesting April 30th (Sunday) as the date. Rain date under consideration.
  • Roller skating – poll taken, most interest on a Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. Date TBD. Discussed the cost options of having food snack bar open ($300) vs. bring in your own food ($350). Tiffany will check dates, can reserve date for $75 deposit. After discussion, the date will likely postponed until October 21.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – June will open for the WNRs to be from people’s home. Phil will update on Facebook
  • Long runs – Interest noted in the bike riding option.
  • Opportunity House service – Mike Whalen reported on the event. It was well organized and enjoyed by all who participated.
  • Race Mates – the IM Able event in March was good. The Mates pushed people for about 3 hours. 

Scholarship Committee – Beth Kohl – The committee met last month and reviewed 7 applications, all in the cross country category. No Pacer-family applications were received. Four scholarships were given in the cross country category, rather than the customary two each for the cross country and Pacer categories. The award of the scholarships as proposed by the committee was motioned upon, seconded, and approved.

Old business- 

  • Finish line arch: Mike Whalen got some further comparisons ranging from $200 to $4,400. A motion was made to go with the Promotional Design Group, and seconded. After no further discussion, the group passed the motion. Mike will move forward with the purchases needed to complete the project.
  • By Law update – Mostly language updating and further definition of ‘borrowing the club’s equipment.’ The updates had been noted in the March newsletter posting. A motion was made to accept the language as propose, and seconded. No further discussion. The motion was passed by the members present.

New business

  • IMG Physical Therapy of Kutztown wants to sponsor the Oley Valley Classic race. A representative will likely give a talk prior to the next meeting. (This is the same PT providers who occasionally present at Fleet Feet.)
  • Race directors meeting on 4/27. Sue will send out an agenda.

2023 Pagoda Pacers Scholarship Winners

Announcement of 2023 Scholarship Winners

The Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club is proud to announce and congratulate its 2023 scholarship award winners, each of whom are Berks County high school seniors. Each winner will receive a scholarship of $750 toward their upcoming higher education plans. 

Two scholarships are open to all high school seniors whose parents are current members in good standing for at least one year of the Pagoda Pacers. Two scholarships are open to all high school seniors who participated on a Berks County high school cross country team. No eligible Pacer member children applied for the Pacer Member scholarship in 2023, so the Scholarship Committee recommended that the club award four, rather than two, scholarships to applicants for the Cross Country Scholarship.

The recipients of the 2023 Cross Country scholarship are:

  • Evelyn Eastman, a senior at Wilson High School, who plans to attend SUNY Delhi 
  • Katherine Ryan, a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School, who plans to attend Temple University
  • Rory Sea, a senior at Governor Mifflin Senior High School, who plans to attend the University of Vermont
  • Nathan Wentling, a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School, who plans to attend Robert Morris University.

The club received applications from many very strong and deserving students, and wishes all who applied the best in their future endeavors.

The Scholarship Committee members are Beth Kohl, Cathy Unruh, Sue Jackson, Lamar Foley, Karen Rule, and Curtis Musser. If you are interested in joining the Scholarship Committee, please contact Pacer President Michelle Henry or Scholarship Committee Chair Beth Kohl. 

Run for the Ages 10k Trail Chase Will Knock Your Socks On

Run for the Ages -where anybody might win the race!

Come out for a quite different kind of trail race on Sunday, June 25, 2023!

Run For the Ages has an age-graded start. Top age group performers have a legitimate shot at the overall title. 

What’s an age-graded start? Those who have more than a few gray hairs or have yet to hit puberty will get a head start based on age and gender. Typically, the oldest female wave starts first. Then the next wave will start, based on 5-year age groups, working back toward the younger (faster?) folks. Wave starts will bounce back and forth between sexes, as the handicap derived from the World Masters Association dictates.

Even if you aren’t out to win, the race is run on challenging (yet very runnable) trails in beautiful Nolde Forest, has great schwag (this year it’s socks), and virtually no bottle necks. Challenge your families and coworkers to come out and compete on a “level” playing field.

Hey ringers: Here’s a chance to show off a little by passing the whole pack!

Run For the Ages is held annually in BEAUTIFUL NOLDE FOREST – READING, PA with a portion of the proceeds going to the Friends of Nolde Forest, a non-profit group helping to maintain Nolde Forest.

Use the below QR code or visit: https://www.pagodapacers.com/Races-Results/Races/Run-for-the-Ages-10k-Trail-Chase.aspx for more information or to register.

USATF-MA sanctioned race

Donna Hey, race director

Monthly Membership Meeting: Thursday, May 11, 2023

May’s Monthly Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11th, at Mohnton Fire Company Social Quarters, 100 E Summit St., Mohnton, PA 19540.  The meeting is upstairs. Enter the front door and go up the stairs to your left. There is no need to ring the buzzer for entry. 

Click HERE to see the location on Google Maps.

Food and drink at 6:30pm | Meeting starts at 7:00pm. All members are welcomed.

* Members are responsible for purchasing their own beverages. Please bring cash.

** Please remember to RSVP by Monday (the week of the meeting) if you plan on coming so we can have an accurate headcount for food & seating.

RSVP can be sent by selecting your correct response on the Facebook event page or via email to mhenry.pacers@gmail.com.

Pacer Profile: Mihai Sanchez

How has your relationship with running evolved over the years? (changes in goals, motivation, preferences, etc.)

Running has taken me to places I would’ve never thought of otherwise. When I first started running in high school, my goal was to learn to enjoy the ride and improve everyday from the beginning stages to the next levels of progression to help my team win. As I progressed, I ran in college where I built on my running abilities and maturity while learning how to compete and win in a team environment. Now that I’m not competing on a team anymore, I’ve learned to continue to pursue my running dreams in various capacities whether it’s individually, running with friends I’ve made in school, or with new running friends I have or will make along the way. I believe the sky is the limit to achieve my goals and maximize my potential in the sport that has given me so much opportunity. Aside from individual accolades, in addition to proper training and nutrition, I strive to keep active, appreciate nature, think bigger, expand my social network, and most importantly, have fun since we all only live one life. I want to make the most of it with running being a huge part of my daily life. 

What do you enjoy most about being a Pagoda Pacer?

Since joining the Pacers in the Fall of 2020, there is a lot I enjoy about our club, especially the community and family environment of the local running community. I get the opportunity to make new friends from different demographics keeping me active physically and socially for life. I believe we are leaders in the running community with goals to promote the sport and demonstrate appreciation for healthy living and recreation. 

What is a bucket list race for you?

I am on the Boston Marathon Mission first and foremost, but along the journey, other bucket list races include the November Philadelphia Marathon, every Pagoda Pacer event, and Pretzel City Sports events. That includes the Blues Cruise 50k, the April Foolish 10 Hour Endurance Run, and the Labor Pains 12 Hour Endurance Run to name a few. 

BONUS QUESTION: Would you like to give a shoutout to another Pagoda Pacer member who has been super influential and inspiring in your life? Who and why?

Every Pacer has been inspiring in the current stage of my life, but Dale Wiest especially, has been the most influential in helping me get out of my comfort zone. Dale has inspired me to pursue trail races I would’ve never attempted or imagined I’d enjoy, since I thought I was going to be strictly a road runner for the rest of my running life. Each time I interact with Dale, we’re always talking about trail racing as he motivates me to pursue local trail races to not only improve my trail racing techniques, but to also learn to be brave and courageous in challenging settings I’m not familiar with. To date, I’ve run four trail races, and I thank Dale for believing in me to pursue something that makes me stronger in this journey both in running and in life. 

Want to introduce yourself to the club in the next newsletter? We’d love to feature YOU in an upcoming Pacer Profile. Click HERE to find out how!

Wednesday Night Runs (May ’23 Locations)

Our mid-week group runs have at least two different distance options (3-4 miles and 5-6 miles) with an appointed leader for each route. Each run will have its own Facebook “event,” and the routes will be posted a couple days before the run. After each run, those who can will stick around for food, drink, and good conversation, either at a nearby restaurant or a club member’s residence. Come for the run; stay (if you can) for the fellowship. (If you don’t have time to stick around, no worries–just come run with us!)

May 3: Blue Marsh Lake Holls Trail Head — Post-run at PJ Whelihan’s

May 10: Wyomissing Quarry Soccer Fields — Post-run at Paolo’s

May 17: Monocacy Hill Recreation Area — Post-run at Island Pizza

May 24: Hampden Park / Reading HS — Post-run at Pike Cafe

May 31: Galen Hall Golf Course (park across the street) — Post-run at Juliana’s

All runs start at 6:15 p.m.

Pacer Long Run–Reading’s Twin Peaks (5/21/23)

May’s group long run will be much closer to home than April’s, and so we hope many of you will be able to join us!

We’re planning a run on Mount Penn and Mount Neversink on Sunday, May 21. We will start at 9:30 a.m., and there will be a couple route options. There will also be road/gravel ride option for those who prefer to bike.

A starting location, exact routes, and a post-run venue are all still TBD at this point, but save the date and keep an eye out on the Facebook Event for more details.

Now for another damn fine cup of coffee…

This is the end of the May 2023 newsletter. You can read older posts by continuing to scroll down.

General Membership Meeting: Thursday, April 13, 2023

April’s Monthly Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13th, at Mohnton Fire Company Social Quarters, 100 E Summit St., Mohnton, PA 19540.  The meeting is upstairs. Enter the front door and go up the stairs to your left. There is no need to ring the buzzer for entry. 

Click HERE to see the location on Google Maps.

Food and drink at 6:30pm | Meeting starts at 7:00pm. All members are welcomed.

* Members are responsible for purchasing their own beverages. Please bring cash.

** Please remember to RSVP by Monday (the week of the meeting) if you plan on coming so we can have an accurate headcount for food & seating.

RSVP can be sent by selecting your correct response on the Facebook event page or via email to mhenry.pacers@gmail.com.