Monthly Meeting for October, 2022

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. 

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.

Nominate Yourself So We Can Elect Your A**!

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:

  • Club President
  • 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 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.

Don’t hesitate–run! That’s what we’re good at!!

A Call for Volunteers from the Youth Programs Director

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!

Tom Chobot


Race Results (September 2022)

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Gring’s Mill 10k

Jen Esposito44:391st F Overall

Labor Pain 12 Hr Trail Run

Lou Donofrio11:48:56, 62.1 miles1st Overall
Karin Tursack10:20:10, 50 miles2nd Female
Stephanie Kershner10:38:11, 50 miles1st F 30-39
Curtis Musser11:34:03, 45 miles
Steven Vida8:29:48, 40 miles4th M 50-59
Julia Hager10:56:19, 35 miles5th F 50-59
Kristen Rothenberger10:59:18, 35 miles3rd F Clydes
Brock Kline8:19:53, 31 miles
Fred Foose8:49:31, 31 miles3rd M 60-69
Matt Brophy5:42:30, 26.2 miles
Michelle Foley8:16:04, 26.2 miles
Blair Hogg6:03:48, 20 miles
Scott Scheidt6:14:04, 20 miles
Justin Kershner2:46:04, 15 miles
Tania Salaneck4:27:31, 15 miles
Karen Lohin4:32:53, 10 miles
Barbara Raifsnider1:12:48, 5 miles

Hear Our Voices: Team Holly 5k

Aaron Kreider29:35
Joanne Patti33:53

Third Thirsty Thursday September

Brock Kline19:461st M 40-49
Karin Tursack20:531st F 40-49
Michele Gallen23:00
Jackie Snyder25:481st F 60-67
Blair Hogg26:32
Lisa Domeshek28:40
Ellie Alderfer29:183rd F 60-67
Julia Hager29:594th F 50-59
Michelle Foley30:11
Larry Drogo32:00
Dianne Showers32:44
Joanne Patti32:48
Kristen Rothenberger33:243rd F Clyde
Rick Showers35:30
Barbara Raifsnider38:15
Bruce Cronrath39:571st M 75 Plus
Michael Oetting42:18
Rose Hagy42:181st F 75 Plus
Diane Gilbert45:43

Pretzel Twist 5k Run Walk

Mihai Sanchez17:442nd M 20-24
Blair Hogg26:04
Dianne Showers31:56, The Knockouts1st F 65-59
Richard Showers35:57, Slow Pokes4th M 65-69
Bruce Cronrath40:42
Rose Marie Hagy42:171st F 70+

Virgil Crest 50 Miler

Jim Blandford9:131st Overall

Virgil Crest 50k

Jill Roper7:445th F 40-49

RU ABLE Duathlon Sprint Distance

Michelle Foley1:03:411st F Overall

Tully TU Eco 5k

Rick Showers38:451st M 65-69
Bruce Cronrath38:561st M 70 Plus
Rose Hagy41:351st F 70 Plus

Conestoga 10 Miler (One Tough Race!)

Fred Foose3:35:12

Michael Wise Memorial 5k

Joanne Patti32:091st F 60 Plus

Philadelphia Distance Run (half marathon)

Matt Brophy1:39:45
Kent Prizer1:55:151st 70-74

Minutes from the General Meeting (September 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: September 8, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Victor Emmanuel II pavilion

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. 

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • 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.

Community Service

  • 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. 

Membership committee:

  • Guts and Glory info table on Saturday, September 24 – Michelle and Jason will man the table at this event.

Old business

  • 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.

New business

  • 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.

33rd Annual Shiver Series Just a Couple Months Away!

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!

Hope to see you there!!!

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

Pacers Donate to Berks County Special Olympics

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