Register for Kris Kringle 5-Miler

Registration is open for the 33rd KRIS KRINGLE 5 MILE RUN on Sunday December 29 at 11:00am at the Berks County Agricultural Center.

We got Hoodies, we got Airline tickets to give away, we got a great course that is part road part trail and all fun. Run CLOCKWISE this year and kill the hill.

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Proceeds benefit high school runners through the Berks County Cross Country Coaches Association and also provide for college scholarships, free running shoes to students in need and the sponsorship for the Junior High Cross Country Invitational Race.

Wednesday Night Runs: October Locations

We run every Wednesday night–year round–at 6:15pm. Come join us. All paces welcome. No membership required.

–OCTOBER 2: Bartram Trail, Kernsville Dam Rd, Hamburg. Post-run gathering at Westy Bar & Grill.

–OCTOBER 9: BLUE MARSH — Fish Pond parking lot (Swiftwater Lane, off Palisades Drive, south of Stilling Basin). Post-run gathering at Ganly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Brownsville Rd. 

–OCTOBER 16: Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School, 630 Evans Ave, Wyomissing. Post-run gathering in West Reading (TBD). **This is a charity run benefitting local woman’s shelters!!!!**

–OCTOBER 23:  Wilson West Middle School, 450 Faust Rd–meet by the track. Post-run gathering at Bar-B-Q Pit, Penn Ave, Sinking Spring.

–OCTOBER 30:  Brentwood Trailhead for Thun Trail (Schuylkill River Trail), Morgantown Rd. Post-run gathering at Mimmo’s Restaurant, Morgantown Rd.  ****Halloween costume run

Minutes from the General Meeting (September 2019)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: September 12, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Blind Hartman’s Tavern

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—115% of target. The account had some larger expenditures (donation expenditures to organizations) and also good income from registrations. Taxes have been filed.


  • Charlie Horse: No report yet, except registration may open first part of October
  • Run for the Ages—report via e-mail: the date of the run is June 28, 2020. This year’s donation was made to Nolde Forest, and some noticeable work is getting done around the park.
  • Grings Mill—Jane Setley—everything pretty much finished for this year, except a pair of shirts to deliver. Will start discussing the 2020 event next month.
  • Blues Cruise—Dan Govern—registration is about 15% ahead of last years’ time. 345 runners registered so far. Dan expects registrations to be in the 425 range for entrants. Needs volunteers for many jobs throughout the day. Mike Yoder needs assistance with marking the trail the day prior. The newsletter on the Pacer web site has details of the volunteers needed. Many things are set, such as food, but Dan is still trying to get a donation from Mrs. T’s pierogis. 
  • Oley Valley Country Classic—Barry Goodhart—pretty well set for the run. Sponsors are set. Last year they had over 400 runners, most in the 10-miler. The race will need volunteers for this 25th year event. 
  • Kris Kringle—Polly Corvaia—3 registered runners so far. Doing the permits, and is in good shape. Fleet Feet will have $50 and $25 awards for the winners and some coupons for money off at their store. The race is the first Sunday after Christmas, Dec 29. 
  • Shiver by the River—Sue Jackson—the races are the second Sunday of month, Dec thru March. 12 registrations so far. This is the 30th year.
  • Jr. High Cross Country—Tom Chobot—Oct 19 at Reading Fairgrounds, between 7 a.m. and noon volunteers are needed.

Committee Reports:

  • Social Committee—Caroline Hill—Sept 29, Sunday, a Manayunk bike ride, about a 30-mile trip.
  • Mike Ranck tribute—Dan Govern gave a nice tribute talk about the loss of this fellow runner. 
  • Communications Committee—Jon Durand—would like content for Instagram. Send to him thru social media.

Community Service:

  • Weekly runs—getting thru the end of the host-sponsored runs.
  • Reading Hospital Race—Sunday, Oct 13, Beth Auman via email—there will be pace runners for half marathon. She need 2-20, 2-25, 2-30 pace runners (free entry and shirt included). The race could also use help for a variety of tasks including water stops, course marshals, bike leads/sweeps, and parking. Due to the assistance every year, Pacers are offered a $5 discount to the race via code: PACERS19, before Sept 30. Please contact Ellie Alderfer or Beth if you are able to volunteer.
  • Tom and Gwen Chobot sponsor an annual event, held this year on Tuesday, Oct 15, High School Cross Country meet, at Kutztown University, 3:30 to 5:30. They need volunteers, and the effort is much appreciated. 
  • Girls on the Run, will present next month. Tom Chobot is facilitating.

Membership committee: No report

Old business:

  • Trail maintenance—Mike Yoder—the ski slope needs some trees taken out, probably to be done on 21st or the 28th. They will make and clear a better area for the Margaretville aid station to get it off of Church Rd.
  • New signs—Mike Whalen—they are done and in the shed
  • Trailer—has arrived. Mike Whalen drove it to the meeting site for attendees to see. It needs internal configuration. They went with a taller vehicle. Mike wants to coordinate getting things out of the shed. The first race where the trailer will be used is for Blues Cruise. It will be parked at Storage World, and the goal is to stop using and paying rent for the shed. Steve is looking for a decal source for the outside of the trailer. If anyone knows of a company that does good work, please contact him.

New business:

  • The club has received donations in memorial to Jim Cramer, so we are discussing how to donate. Shaun Luther recommends the Horseshoe Trail Association. Shaun will also check with the Lancaster Road Runners, as they received donations in Jim’s honor as well.

Letter from the President (August 2019)

Did anyone else realize it’s been a month since the Gring’s Mill race? I looked back at the August Pacer Newsletter with Matt’s cool new format and we were requesting volunteers and runners to attend for what was expected to be another great race. Well the race directors, volunteers, runners, and Mother Nature didn’t let us down. Post-race, the Discussion Group on Facebook was filled with a host of action shots and award photos capturing the day. 

Gring’s Mill race directors: Laura, Jane, Caroline

A special mention goes out to Lynne Reddington, who, with the craft of a carnival pitchman, brought focus to the raffle tables and sponsor donations at a level that would make ShamWow jealous. Also, over the last few weeks, Laura Yoder has personally distributed many thank-you cards to our race sponsors. We appreciate that our club members and community support many of these local companies that give back through their sponsorship. 

I have to say we probably missed a marketing opportunity as our own Barb Raifsnider felt running the Gring’s Mill race alone was not enough. Did you see Barb’s picture was featured in the Reading Eagle, running up to the Pagoda at the Radsport Festival just a couple hours after running Gring’s Mill?

Barb crushing the Radsport Pagoda run after Gring’s Mill

Another impressive feat that should be mentioned is April Zimmerman’s completion of Eastern States 100 miler. Hopefully she’ll be kind enough to let us share her race report.

Look for April’s report in next month’s newsletter.

How the time is flying and it’s not even Labor Day yet. Kris Kringle and the Shiver Series are already in the news. The recent Shiver Facebook post is a reminder to take advantage of the lower rates and register early. The Kringle post was a thank you. The Club donated $4,500 to the Berks County Cross Country Coaches Association from the Kringle proceeds. When the cross-country season starts, it’s a good time to get the coaches together with a large check before the rivalries kick in. We wish both the coaches and the athletes a great season. Polly and the coaches would also appreciate if you’ll mark your calendar again for Sunday December 29th for this year’s Kris Kringle race.

Before noting all the great things Dan Govern and Mike Yoder have going on with the Blues Cruise 50k, I’d like to acknowledge that one of our own, Christine Le, is doing The Rut 28k Race out in Big Sky Montana. Traversing epic views and terrain, I think even the great climbers in the club would be humbled by the course. She will start at 7,500 feet and climb to 10,000 in the first 6 miles. Then, typical of the ski resort, she’ll plummet over the next mile to 8,500 feet. This has to be the point I’d look for the chair lift or an exit because no sane person looks up to 11,140 feet and thinks “Where is a good direction to run?” for the next 2 ½ miles. The race is 10 miles up and 7 miles down. 

Back to the race Dan and Mike are organizing: They’ve designed some great shirts, hats, and a finisher medal, so if you’re on the fence this is definitely a year to run. Putting the numbers in perspective, Dan estimates 400 plus runners; each runner covers 31 miles. Total up those miles and you have a distance that’s halfway around the earth. Thankfully it’s not a relay! To support this great event it takes the help of many. There are 7 themed aid stations, each with a captain supporting the runners. Volunteering on race day or contributing to some of the prep work will make great memories. Bring the family–it’s a full-day event; however, many of the volunteers simply peek in and out as needed. Don’t forget to mark this event– October 6th–on your calendar today.

New Blues Cruise swag

I’ve probably gone long on this entry, and Matt Brophy (Editor-in-Chief) has reminded me I’m late so……got to run….


Wednesday Night Runs: September Locations

We run every Wednesday night–year round–at 6:15pm. Come join us. All paces welcome. No membership required.

Come for the run; stay for the fellowship. Bring a covered dish to share if you have time.

Locations for upcoming Wednesday Night Runs:

–SEPTEMBER 4: MONOCACY HILL RECREATION AREA, GEIGER RD, BIRDSBORO. Bring your trail shoes! Post-run gathering at Pete and Joanne’s: 7 Agata Drive, Douglassville. Bring your swimsuit!

–SEPTEMBER 11: Brian Stoltzfus’s residence, 408 Arrowhead Trail, Sinking Spring, PA.

–SEPTEMBER 18: ANTIETAM LAKE PARK, ANGORA RD, READING. Post-run gathering at John and Lauren’s: 107 Gosling Ct, Reading.

–SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Whalen’s residence (road/trail), 701 Pony Rd, Mohrsville, PA.

11/10/2019: Oley Valley Country Classic

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the Pagoda Pacers will be hosting the 25th running of the Oley Valley Country Classic 10 Mile and 5k race! It’s our silver anniversary, and we want to make this race better than ever. The changing leaves of the fall season will make a picture perfect course through the beautiful, rolling hills of the Oley Valley. We welcome runners of all abilities and look forward to providing a great running experience for everyone. 

There’s a chance we will be going with a tech shirt, but that’s unconfirmed. Otherwise, we’ll have a traditional long-sleeve cotton shirt with a fall-themed hex logo that looks great! The race will also feature split times at every mile, 4 water/Gatorade stops, hot and cold food galore, and a never-ending door prize table for all participants. This year’s OVCC can make a great fall race, a marathon-training long run, or a casual day running through farm country.

This year’s race will also host the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) 10-Mile Eastern Regional Championship. Thank you to the RRCA for their continued support!

We want to thank our generous sponsors. Their generosity helps continue to make this event a success. Thank you to Level Financial, Bob Fisher Chevrolet, Fleetwood Footcare Center, Gallen Insurance, and Reading Health Physicians Network and Sports Medicine.

This year’s shirts by Villa Grafix are beautifully designed. Its’ our best logo yet!  You will want to pre-register by Oct 29 for only $25 ($1 for every year we have been running the OVCC) to guarantee your size! There will be a raffle for a FREE pair of sneakers from Sneaker Villa. ONLY pre-registered runners will be entered in the raffle. We will have race-day registration and extra shirts while they last.

Awards are handmade by local glass artist Maggie Gallen of the Goggle Works. Each award is one-of-a-kind and something worth striving for.

While you are running your butt off for an award, if you break the course record in the 10-Mile OR the 5K, you can win $150 from Gallen Insurance! Thank you, Gallen Insurance, for your generous support of the Brea- the-Record prize money. (COURSE RECORDS: 10 Mile event M: 52:36 & F 59:42), (5K M: 15:34 & F: 19:11). Good luck to the speedsters!

We welcome all paces so bring the family! Follow us on Facebook: Oley Valley Country Classic 10Mile and 5k Run. Our FB page will have updates and maybe some surprises revealed along the way, such as a contest for a free entry if you can guess this year’s Hex sign! Hex signs all have names–can you name it? 

Pacers, we can use your help on race day. Contact Len Burton or Barry Goodhart for volunteer assignment or any other questions you may have about the race.  See the Pagoda Pacer website for race application and directions, or register on-line with Pretzel City Sports. 

Race timing will be handled by Pretzel City Sports; they have timed all of our races over the years, and we thank them for handling all the complicated stuff!!

Thank you to all the runners who have participated in this race over the years; we look forward to seeing you again this year. Bring a friend with you!

This year’s event looks to be another great one; I ordered great weather for the day!  This race benefits the Oley Valley Youth League and the Pagoda Pacer Scholarship Fund, so come out and show your support!  See you November 10th!

Shiver by the River 5k & 10k

Dates:  2nd Sunday:  Dec 8th, 2019; Jan 12th, 2020; Feb 9th, 2020; March 8th, 2020.  

Time:  10:00am

Location:  Jim Dietrich Park.  

Sponsors: Fleet Feet; Shillington Family Chiropractic Center; Kohl Pharmaceutical Research, LLC  .   

Details:  Fees have not changed.  Each race includes a post-race buffet of soup, bagels, and snacks.  End-of-year party includes a cold buffet, plus lots and lots of door prizes, overall awards, and 5-year age-group awards.  Last year, we created a new course with less traffic. Apps will be mailed with a Pretzel City mailing and can be found online by CLICKING HERE.  Once again, we are offering online registration, for the series, at

Come out and join us for our 30th season!!!!!!

Race Directors,

Sue Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja