October’s Monthly Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, October 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.
The deadline to nominate yourself as a candidate for this year’s club election is Friday, October 28th!
Elections will take place online during the first ten days of November.
We are inviting candidates for the following:
Board of Directors (5 positions)
To be eligible, you must be a current member of the club in good standing, and you must have been a member for at least one year.
To nominate yourself, please send an email to Matthew.L.Brophy@gmail.com with your name, the position you would like to run for, a picture of yourself, and a brief paragraph describing your involvement with the club and why you are running.
There are two youth specific races each year that the club is involved with, both of which take place during the third week of October.
One is an actual PPAC event, called the FALL RUN OFF INVITATIONAL, and is a junior high (7th and 8th grade) 2-mile cross country race. It was designed to be a copy of the Berks County senior high XC conference run and all of the teams from only those Berks County school districts who offer a junior high cross-country program are invited. This will be the 14th year of holding this event which averages about 240 kids each year. This event takes place on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Reading Fairgrounds, starting at 7am, and is usually done by 11am. Tasks include parking and set up from 7 to 9, and course marshaling, finish line management, and clean up from 9 to 11. Most volunteers stay for the whole thing, but many only stay for 2 hours depending on their schedule; either is a big help to us.
The other is the BCIAA (Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association) high school cross country conference run and takes place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, from 3pm to 5:30pm at Kutztown University. My wife, Gwyn, and I direct this race and one of our responsibilities is to recruit 12 to 18 volunteers. Each year, we approach club members first, as we see this as an excellent opportunity for community outreach and to show those outside of our circle what we do. This will be our 8th year of directing this race and the Pacers have come through with not only providing almost 100% of the needed volunteers, but also executing the race flawlessly and professionally.
Both events have been a huge success in terms of PR and community outreach for the club. If you can help out at either event, give us a shout!
Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – The financial account is 185% of target. Bigger expenses now being paid for race awards and a payment to the Berks County Coaches Association, which was 51% of the profit from the Kris Kringle race last December. The bill for trailer storage is paid for 12 months in advance, which gets the club one month free.
Charlie Horse Half Marathon (past event of 2022) – Shaun Luther – discussed the Special Olympics donation for this year’s race. There was not a lot of profit from this year’s event, but there was $400 of personal donations from Charlie Horse runners, and the Grings Mill race director (Jason) donated some of profit from that race to go to the Special Olympics cause. A motion was made to donate $1600 to Special Olympics. The motion was seconded and passed.
Grings Mill run (past event of 2022) – Jason Karpinski – He wants to thank all those who volunteered to make the race successful.
Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Dan Govern – getting close, needs a lot of volunteers. Dan would appreciate emails from those who are volunteering, so he can assign the 30 to 40 people to where they will be needed. Also, you can contact any of the aid station captains, if you are interested in volunteering at one of those. Registrations are low, about 233 entrants so far. Hoodies will be the event swag this year. The awards are in. Mike Yoder is marking the day before (Saturday, at 3 p.m.), if that is something you are interested in helping with please let Dan or Mike know. Going cupless (drinking cup, that is) again this year.
Oley Valley Country Classic (Saturday, Nov 5, 2022) – Barry Goodhart – Shirts again this year. Needs volunteers. Will take place at the Oley Valley Fairgrounds.
Shiver by the River 5K and 10K series (1st race: Sunday, December 11, 2022) – Sue Jackson – planning in progress for this year’s series.
Pickle ball, Sunday, September 25, 2022, email went out to sign up.
Christmas party – Jules Hager is the new chairman, taking over from Swamp.
Holiday (Labor Day) run was this past weekend.
Long run planned for pre-Blues Cruise event – meeting at Church Road parking lot. Will do the ski loop, 7miles, by Liz Glass, and also the lower loop of 22 miles will be run.
Long run for October (date TBD) will be at Trexler Preserve near Allentown.
Trail Maintenance – Mike Whalen – He will take care of one issue on our Blue Marsh trail section that is not too bad. Otherwise the section is good. The bridge will likely not get done before Blues Cruise. There is some heavy-duty trail access needed prior to this maintenance being done.
Opportunity House volunteering – Steve McGuire – there are some details still to be worked out. Jane Setley will be in touch.
Guts and Glory info table on Saturday, September 24 – Michelle and Jason will man the table at this event.
Berks Nature event at Angelica Park (Sept 11, 2022). Steve Vida is doing a run at 1100—dog friendly, the event starts at noon. Pagoda Pacers (Lisa D.) will host a membership table.
Pop-up Pacer gear purchasing – info will be in October’s newsletter. Open for only 2 weeks. Can ship directly or Michelle can distribute.
Next month and November’s meetings will be at the Mohnton Fire Company.
Elections will be in November. The president position (reelected every year) and 4 board member openings are available. Details to come out in October. A few board members have timed out of their allowable service time, so new people are needed to run for board membership.
October 22, 2022, 9 a.m., interval speed training for beginners. Lisa will have a member table. More details will be provided.
The Pacer trailer – if anyone has a vehicle that can mover the trailer, please inform Michelle or Mike Whalen. The group would like additional options for moving the trailer, if needed. There are tables missing, about 5 or 6 – if you have one, please return it. Mike Whalen will power wash the trailer and make sure things are cleaned for Blues Cruise.
The 33rd annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is quickly approaching. The first one is Dec 11th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.; both races start at 10:00 a.m. If you can’t run all 4 of them, run 3, run 2, or run 1.
Runners can register online at Pretzel City Sports or by mailing the app and a check; we will also have race-day registration. Apps can be printed from the Pacer website. Pre-registration deadline is 11/18. Instead of another race shirt, we are offering a knit hat and gloves. Each race includes a post-race buffet of soup, pretzels, and snacks.
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. Thank you in advance for your support!
We presented our donation to the Special Olympics of Berks County from proceeds from the Charlie Horse Trail Half Marathon and Dirty Pony 5K, with additional donations from race participants and the Pagoda Pacers A.C. We made the presentation at the SO Bocce team practice at St Marco’s in Temple. The team practices once a week from August to late October and then attends a competition at Fall Fest at Villanova in November.
–Shaun Luther, race director, Charlie Horse Half-Marathon and Dirty Pony 5k
Much of the revenue that the Pagoda Pacers take in from putting on Berks County’s signature ultramarathon, The Blues Cruise 50k, gets reinvested into the trail system at Blue Marsh Lake. Below are some images of recent improvements made possible by our club’s donations!