Wednesday Night Runs (October ’22 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!)

IT’S GETTING DARK EARLIER–WEAR REFLECTIVE GEAR AND BRING A HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT!

October 5:  Redner’s in Douglassville; post-run at Douglassville Hotel Restaurant and Bar

October 12:  Wyomissing Quarry Soccer fields (road/trail options)  ****bring a new runner out!!!! Post-run at Paolo’s

October 19:  Run from Wilson West Middle School — Bryan & Patti Page hosting post-run at 120 States Ave., Sinking Spring 

October 26:  Jim Dietrich Park (Muhlenberg)–Post-run at Tlacuani Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill

All runs start at 6:15 p.m.

Pacer Passport: Still within reach!

Technically it’s not too late to start on one of these, but you must act now because time IS running out! 

Throughout the year we have implemented some improvements to make this a little easier to complete. Changes include:

  • An extended due date to include Kris Kringle, creating an extra opportunity for an additional volunteer and/or race 
  • Implementing a Zoom link for some of our monthly meetings to include those who simply cannot make the meetings in person. 
  • Included our club coordinated holiday morning group runs as well as our recently revived club coordinated weekend group runs.

Upcoming Opportunities to keep in mind:

Race and Volunteer: Blues Cruise, Oley Valley Country Classic, Shiver by the River December, and Kris Kringle

Monthly membership meetings: Only 3 more meetings for this year. September, October, and November. No Zoom link for September but we’ll go back to that for October and November meetings. 

Group Run: There are 17 Wednesdays left in the year, a few holidays and a chance of weekend group runs

Congrats to the following members who have already completed and turned in their passport. Will your name be added to this list next?


PACER PASSPORT FINISHERS CLUB
Lisa DomeshekKatie GormanSue Jackson
Michelle HenrySteve Vida

Kris Kringle 2022 – Registration is now open!

I know it’s only September, BUT registration is now open for the 2022 Kris Kringle 5-miler!

This year’s race will be on Saturday, December 31st and will travel in a counterclockwise direction. Yes, it is normally held on a Sunday. However, this year the prior Sunday is Christmas Day, and the following Sunday is New Year’s Day. When this happens, the race is held on a Saturday.

Price increase will go into effect at midnight on 12/1. Don’t delay, head on over and sign up for this race to guarantee your hoodie. 

 REGISTER ONLINE NOW – OR – PRINT MAILABLE RACE APPLICATION

Join the Kris Kringle Facebook Event Page for updates. Share the event with your friends & family.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on race day!

Race Directors,

Lisa Domeshek, Michelle Henry, and Polly Corvaia

Pacers Pickleball Event

Up next on our 2022 social calendar is Pickleball! This event has a cap of 32 players to allow for an optimal experience for all attendees. Space is limited and there is a very good chance that this event will sell out. Because of this, ticket purchases will be limited to 2 tickets per transaction and will be fulfilled on a first-come / first-served basis. To give everyone a fair shot at purchasing tickets, a separate email containing the purchase link will be sent out to all members in good standing on 9/8. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox so you don’t miss out.  

What – Pickleball Event

Where – West Reading Pickleball Courts, 915 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading, PA 19611

When – Sunday, September 25th 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost – $10 Pacer members in good standing  | $20 for guest of Pacer member

Details – 

  • Includes 1 hour of instruction and guided play until 5pm. 
  • Event is open to the first 32 people who register and pay. We have 8 courts reserved.
  • 2 ticket limit per membership 
  • Paddles will be available to borrow for the event; however, please bring your own if you have one.
  • Pre-registration is required for this event – please do not show up expecting to play if you did not register and pay. 
  • All participants will need to sign a waiver when they arrive at the courts 

Again, keep in mind that space is limited, and we do anticipate this event being sold out so don’t delay on purchasing your ticket(s).

Embrace Health and Wellness at the Guts & Glory Digestive & Wellness Expo

The Pacers membership table will be set up at this free event on September 24th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is an all-ages, pet-friendly, outdoor, community event celebrating health and wellness. Sounds like a perfect place to promote our club and what we are all about amongst other like-minded, healthy, active people. If you have some time to spare and would like to represent the Pacers at this event, please reach out to Michelle Henry (president@pagodapacers.com) for more details. This is a good way to cross off a volunteer block on your Pacer Passport. You can learn more about the event here. If you already planned on being at the event, but sure to stop by our table and say hi!

Club Elections Are Right Around the Corner

It’s almost that time again! Club elections are just a little over 2 months away. There will be 5 open board positions for the upcoming election as well as the position of President of the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club. If you are interested in stepping up and taking on a leadership role in helping to shape the club’s future direction, please consider nominating yourself for one of the open positions. To be considered for any of these positions a candidate must be a Pagoda Pacer member in good standing for at least one year. If you are considering stepping up to either of these opportunities but want to know more, I encourage you to reach out to any of the current board members or current President Michelle Henry over the next month to find out how their experience has been. 

More details will be given, and nominations will be accepted in October, but this is just your nudge to start thinking about the impact you can have on the club if you were to be elected for one of these open positions. Be on the lookout for more info next month.

FREE Physical Therapy Screenings at Fleet Feet West Reading!

Free PT Screenings all day:

September 15, 2022

IMG Physical Therapy and Fleet Feet West Reading have partnered to help keep Berks County and the surrounding areas healthy and physically active.  We are offering an opportunity to help you keep or reach your athletic and lifestyle goals by having a day of completely FREE SCREENINGS, and you’re invited to attend! 

This offer is ideal if you have experienced:

Low back pain
Sciatica
Arthritis
Shoulder, neck, or hip pain
Knee or foot pain


In your free screening, your physical therapist will talk to you about the history of your problem, take measurements of your strength, and provide you a written copy of a plan for successful treatment.

ONLY 10 SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE – SIGN UP TODAY!

Appointments are scheduled in half hour increments between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

To RSVP for your free screen please email your name, the time slot you would like to book, and a brief description of the pain you are having to jason@fleetfeetwestreading.com

Minutes from the General Meeting (August 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: August 11, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – we are at 190% of target. A lot of Gring’s Mill activity in the current financial report. Income and expenses from Blues Cruise are coming in.

Races:

  • Gring’s Mill 5K and 10K – Jason Karpinski, not present for the meeting. But by all accounts, things went well at the event. However, there was a misspelling on the awards, so we will let Jason make a decision about that (for the one person who noticed and mentioned it).
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Dan Govern brought the jacket swag sample. He will also have a medal created. Some of the expenses are coming in. Hoping for 400 people, not quite getting to the registration numbers (170 currently). Dan states there may be a downward trend in ultramarathon registration entries. The ski loop redo has been contracted – with completion hoped for in September. Volunteers will be needed on race day. This is Dan’s last year as the race director. Mike Whalen has agreed to take over, with Elaine Cook as a support director. Dan, Stephan Weiss, and Mike Yoder will assist through the transition.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (December 31, 2022) – Lisa Domeshek – everything on track so far.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K series (First race is December 11, 2022) – Sue Jackson – applications are open online through Pretzel City Sports. There will not be a return to pre-pandemic times during this upcoming season. They will use pre-wrapped food items, and not quite sure of the farmhouse access to runners pre- and post-race. The banquet will go on as usual.

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Pacer yoga was held, approx. 30 people turned out. There was not a charge for use of the facility, so Lisa is wondering about giving $75 to the facility. Also, she is asking if anyone wants to do hops picking at that location.
  • Pickleball – overall cost per person is $20 which includes 1 hour with instructors, court time, and paddles. September 25, in the afternoon (time TBD), at the courts in West Reading. Will have to check what the max number of people are. A motion was made to have the club provide up to $250, seconded, and passed. Depending on the total number this event can accommodate, the organizers will determine how many guests are allowed.
  • Wine and cheese for 2022 – Jane Setley – Karin Long stepped down as the organizer of this event. We have to skip the event for this year. The preference is to have a place where we can bring our own food/drinks. Looking for a new person to organize this, or potentially Jane and Lisa will form a committee.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Steve Vida – the information is available on the web page or Facebook discussion page.
  • Race mates – Kris Jacoby said the last event went well. Two athletes were charioted. There is an event this weekend for two athletes.

Old business

  • Jane Setley, Monday, September 12, Opportunity House cooking dinner for residents. They have been feeding about 80 people lately. September’s meal will likely be about 70. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Six to 8 people needed to cook and serve, others are needed to organize and plan the meal. Financial donations are needed to cover the cost of the dinner, and then a generous anonymous donor has stepped up to cover any remaining cost. Roughly $500 will be needed to cover this amount (just food costs are needed). Motion made to give $150 to the cause, seconded, and passed. A volunteer sheet was circulated. Contact Jane if you would like to volunteer in some capacity.
  • Long run – Shaun Luther – this Saturday at Green Lane, 2 loops, information on Facebook. No-drop event. 
  • Holiday run for Labor Day – Steve Vida will organize and post details.

New business

  • Pacer swag shop will be available on-line via RockHound Apparel (Robesonia) – there are several items available. Currently the club will not receive a portion of the proceeds. Discussion followed about this, and it was decided that it is highly likely a Pacer would be purchasing and wearing the item, so no additional markup would be added to the cost for the Pacer club’s financial benefit. It will be a two-week pop-up shop where Pacers would purchase on their own, with their own funds. Dates TBD. Will try to get samples to bring for sizing. Traditional Pacer logo and another design option is likely. Lisa Domeshek and Michelle Henry are organizing.
  • Beth Kohl – from Kristen Kelly: Trails, Tails, and Ales event for Berks Nature (Alvernia area), Sunday, September 11, 2022. They are looking for someone to do a trail run in the morning that leads into the afternoon event. Steve Vida volunteered to organize a trail run. On September 11, the event starts at noon with run prior (approx. 10 a.m.) Polly suggested involving Fleet Feet. Beth will check into this.
  • Jane Setley — BAMBA printed and distributed a map of their new trails at Blue Marsh – available at different locations, such as Ganly’s.

Getting Ready for Shiver ’22-’23

Dates:  2nd Sunday:  Dec 11th, Jan 8th, Feb 12th, March 12th 

Time:  10:00 a.m.

Location:  Jim Dietrich Park  

Apps have been mailed by Pretzel City Sports and can be found online by clicking HERE.  Pre-registration is only available for the series; however, we will have race day registration for both the series and individual races. Online registration, for the series, can be found at www.pretzelcitysports.com. New this year: we are offering a knit hat and gloves instead of a shirt with registration. Once we make a final decision, we will post pictures on the Pagoda Pacers Discussion Group Facebook page.

Each race includes a post-race buffet of soup, pretzels and snacks. End-of-year party includes a hot/cold buffet, lots and lots of door prizes, and overall awards and 5-year age group awards. As always, this buffet is free to any runner who registers for the series or runs at least 3 races. There is a nominal charge for all others.

Come out and join us for our 33rd season!!!!!!

Race Directors,

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja