Wednesday Night Runs (May 2022 locations)

You can follow our Wednesday Night Runs on Facebook by going to the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club’s Event Page. Routes for each run will be posted early each week, and guides for each route will make sure no one gets left behind.

Here’s where we’ll be in May:

May 4:  Galen Hall Golf Course (Meet at lot across the street) — Post-run gathering at Paradise By the Slice

May 11:  Muhlenberg High School ***Bring a new runner out!!! — Post-run gathering at Margherita Pizzeria

May 18:  Nolde Forest (Sawmill lot) — Post-run gathering at Liberty Ale House  ***Charity run benefitting local Animal Shelters!!!

May 25: State Hill Boat Launch — Post-run gathering at Ganly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

ALL RUNS START AT 6:15pm.

April 2022 Meeting and Group Runs

April’s Monthly Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14th, at Mohnton Fire Company Social Quarters, 100 E Summit St., Mohnton, PA 19540.  The meeting is upstairs. Enter the front door and the stairs are on 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.


Here are the locations for our upcoming Wednesday Night Group Runs:

April 6: Wilson West Middle School (meet by the track) — Eat at the Bar-B-Q Pit

April 13: SRT Brentwood Parking Lot ***bring a new runner out!!!! —  Eat at Mimmo’s

April 20: Blue Marsh (Justa Rd) — Eat at Ganly’s (maybe)

April 27: Trout Run (Exeter) — Eat at Alebrije

ALL RUNS START AT 6:15pm.

Looking ahead…

May 4:  Galen Hall Golf Course — Eat at Paradise By the Slice

May 11:  Muhlenberg High School ***Bring a new runner out!!! — Eat at Margherita

May 18:  Nolde Forest (Sawmill lot) — Eat at California Bar and Grill  ***Charity run benefitting local Animal Shelters!!!

May 25:  State Hill Boat Launch — Eat at Ganly’s

’21-22 Shiver Wrap-Up

The 32nd Shiver by the River is complete. We had 448 individual runners, with 161 runners completing the series. Results of each race, plus the series results, can be found on pagodapacers.com. Awards which were not picked up at the banquet are at Fleet Feet (formerly A Running Start), 705 Penn Ave, West Reading. These numbers are lower than normal, but who knows what normal is any more. After a season (2020-2021) with 4 individual races, we were happy to return to a series, including the awards banquet.  And we thank every runner and volunteer who joined us!

As always, THANK YOU to all the Pacers who participated either by running, volunteering, or both! We sincerely appreciate all of our volunteers, whether you helped us at one race or every race; everyone was so willing to do whatever was needed to make this series another success! I don’t want to mention specific names for fear of forgetting someone, but volunteers, you know who you are, and runners, you know who they are – you see so many of the same volunteers parking cars, at the water stop, at the same registration table, at the same intersection, or inside the farmhouse supplying soup and pretzels.  And this year we saw some new volunteers!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!  

Thank you to Andrea Thrush who created and hid small rocks along the course, each with a Shiver by the River design.

The awards ceremony was again held at the Temple Fire Company, in Muhlenberg Township. THANK YOU to the following for the donation of door prizes:  

Rose Hagy – a stationary bike stand; hanger for race medals; head lamp; compression socks; air purifying bag for gym bags; bike lock; reflective vest; running belt to carry gels

Joanne Patti – handmade afghan

Ron Horn & Pretzel City Sports – 2 hats; 2 mugs each with a gift certificate

Donna Hey – free entry to Run for the Ages race (check it out on the Pagoda Pacers website)

Michael Oetting – $25 Amazon gift card

Fleet Feet – (120) $10 Gift Certificates

Kris Jacoby – a book of Running Trivia

Tiffany Pantoja – handmade shawl; 2 pair of handmade earrings; 3 handmade bracelets; handmade bracelet w/ matching earrings

Georgine McCool – 4 bags of miscellaneous items

Road-ID – Gift Certificates

THANK YOU to our sponsors:  

Dieffenbach’s

Home Light – a real estate broker / referral company

Please contact Sue Jackson at shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com if any door prize donors were missed.

If anyone has any comments, concerns, or questions concerning the series, please feel to contact one of the race directors. We do value your input, and we do read the surveys, making modifications when possible.   Below are some of the survey comments, along with our responses.

Survey:  Separate awards for the 5K/10K, or a separate course for the 10K instead of 2 loops.  

Response: What makes this race unique is that runners can decide, mid-race, whether they are doing a 5K or 10K; hence runners can do the same distance each month or mix it up. Allowing that flexibility means the 10K must be 2 loops of the 5K. It also means awards have to be combined.

Survey: More usable awards, such as glasses, mugs, hats or a snow-related ornament.

Response:  We have done mugs in the past. Maybe it’s time to do something other than the trophies.

Survey:  Bring back the shirt with the hood. Tech shirts instead of cotton. Offer running shorts instead of shirts.

Response:  We have offered tech shirts and of course the shirt with the hood. The Shiver by the River has existed for over 30 years, so we try to mix up the type of shirt. The last 3 years was a similar shirt – since we got a lot of good feedback. Look for something different next year.  

Survey: Don’t want to run the same course each month; either switch it up, or maybe run one course 2 months and another course for another 2 months. Go back to the course on Tuckerton. Run along the river.  

Response: When the Shiver by the River was created 30+ years ago, it was held at Laurel Run Park and did run along the river on River Rd. However, we outgrew that location. We were then offered Jim Dietrich Park. We initially had a course that exited the park, turned right, running on Tuckerton Rd, Whitner Rd. etc. The township became concerned about the traffic on the bridge to the right of the park, and the 4-way stop sign was a treacherous intersection. For a few years, we hired fire police to help with the traffic on the bridge and at the stop sign. But after a few years, for the safety of the runners, we had to change the course. Hence, the course we use today was created. Therefore, our options are somewhat limited.

Once again, thanks for all of the Pacer support, both runners and volunteers!!!!!!!!!   We hope to see all of you next year.
Sue, Georgine & Tiffany

Race Results (March 2022)

A note from Race Results Coordinator, Amy Bird:

“I take the handful of submissions that are sent in and also scan through recent race results for members names. I don’t know many people, but I do have a list of past participants who raced last year that I consult, plus the Pacers membership list as time permits.  It’s very busy this time of year, and I know I miss some people, so if you’d like to be included, please email me at raceresults@pagodapacers.com.”

Naked Bavarian 40 Miler
10Stephanie Kershner6:46:401st Female Overall
27Steve Vida7:50:46
37Justin Kershner8:05:13
Naked Bavarian 20 Miler
65Karin Tursack3:21:47
172Fred Foose4:23:10
240Barb Raifsnider5:11:41
Shiver by the River 10k (4th)
2Mihai Sanchez
7Justin Kratz40:29
9Matt Brophy44:19
11Curtis Musser45:04
12Jeff Fussner45:20
14Raine Fussner46:01
26Vicki Menet51:40
32Jonathan Foley53:45
33Andrea Adam54:01
35Katie Thomas54:44
40Lisa Domeshek58:32
43Michelle Foley1:00:16
45Ellie Alderfer1:00:49
54Tania Salaneck1:15:23
Shiver by the River 5k (4th)
46Janine Beidler26:37
52Andrea Thrush26:56
63Kristen Rothenberger28:03
75Mark Mazurkiewicz29:15
92Aaron Kreider30:37
110Joanne Patti32:27
114Heide Moebius33:23
141Scott Scheidt37:06
RU OK? 5K
44Joanne Patti31:13
Hat Run 50k
23Anna Piskorska5:35:191st F Master
39Kyle Gery5:53:29
41Steve Maguire5:54:01
50Kelly Ammon5:59:213rd F 30-39
52Karin Tursack5:59:361st F 40-49
58Jess Gockley6:01:492nd F 40-49
71Steve Vida6:11:38
90Karen Rule6:23:36
110Joanne VanHorn6:35:443rd F 50-59
127Joan Bunn6:50:45
128Elaine Cook6:51:03
Garden Spot 10k
92Heide Moebius1:06:561st F 80+
Garden Spot 13.1
200Sandie Kincaid2:00:05
Frozen Knight 5k
2Justin Kratz20:002nd M Overall
20Elaine Cook24:371st F 55-59
34Mark Mazurkiewicz29:341st M 50-54
49Joanne Patti31:521st F 60-64
80Judy Antonnen43:392nd F 75+
Granogue Games 7 hr Trail Run (Fat Ass)
26MLori Johnson5:53:141st F Masters 50s
26MAndy Keegan5:53:14
20MKarla Reppert5:15:31
18MDean Johnson4:47:14
11.6MRuth Machamer2:29:11
Half Wit (10.8 mi due to course miscalculation)
12Stephanie Kershner1:40:261st Female
16Matthew Brophy1:43:03
21Dale Wiest1:45:261st M 60-67
27Justin Kershner1:47:51
34Ruth Machamer1:15:101st F 40-49
61Jenn Guigley2:10:125th F 30-39
100Lisa Domeshek2:30:33
117Paul Makurath2:57:05
Quarter Wit (5.4 mi)
27Tory Clugston1:11:581st F Clyde
35Barb Raifsnider1:20:042nd F 60-67
39Andre Marjanowski1:21:531st M 60-67
42Jim Demsko1:23:593rd M Clyde
49Scott Scheidt1:29:593rd M 60-67

Minutes from the General Meeting (March, 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: March 10, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – we are 182% of target. Shiver expenses, and some Blues Cruise and Charlie Horse income. He has the information organized to do the taxes. Shaun will perform the off-site back up of financial information again with Sue Jackson and Michelle Henry.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Sean Luther – entries are really slow at this point (12 so far, usually at 40 to 50). Libby is getting the shirts designed. Awards—giving out horseshoes to the top 8, and then medals for the other awards. 
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022) – Blair Hogg – getting sponsors and is figuring out how to recognize them. 
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – no report
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – no report
  • Oley Valley Country Classic – no report
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (Saturday, December 31, 2022) – no report
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (Sunday, March 13, 2022) – Sue Jackson – the last race of the season is this Sunday, which will have results and the banquet. Free entry to the banquet for race runners of at least 3 of the 4 races and for the volunteers, others are charged $10. This week Sue will be telling any 45-minute runners at the turn that they may not be able to have the volunteers to wait for them on the course of directions. The banquet hall doors open at 10:30 and we have the hall until 2:30.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational – no report

Committee Reports:

Social Committee:

  • Wallyball at Colonial Fitness – a fun, well-attended, and successful event. Thanks, Brad.
  • Pickleball – TBD, Michelle Henry is still researching

Communications Committee:

  • Website – Jane Setley – there have been a lot of fake requests to join the Website. She will remain vigilant, but please report anything suspicious to her.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Steve Vida – The options for the two routs has been going well. For the post-run get-togethers, the locations have been posted on the Discussion Page. 

Scholarship Committee: Sue Jackson – meeting coming up on April 7 to select the awards.

Membership committee – Jason Karpinski – he is working with Ron Horn of Pretzel City Sports to have membership sign-up option available via the PCS web site.

Old business

  • Passports to document member participation in races, meetings, and volunteering – Michelle Henry – keep getting them signed. She will put details on discussion page.
  • Lancaster Road Runners, April 2, 0900, at Pulpit Rock. A few Pacers attended their March meeting
  • Bridge at the ski slope. An Eagle Scout is going to build the bridge, and they are trying to coordinate the placement. But it should be in within the next few months.
  • BAMBA is planning their phase 4 redevelopment at Blue Marsh (details on their web site, berksmountainbiking.org, or Facebook page).

New business

  • Next month’s meeting is at the Mohnton Fire Company.

The Big Run 5k

On Wednesday, June 1,  Global Running Day, let’s inspire the runner in everyone. Fleet Feet West Reading and Brooks will be hosting The Big Run 5k at the Union Township Recreation Area. Pretzel City Sports will be timing the event and prizes will be awarded to the top 2 males and females and the top 3 in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. The awards ceremony and after party will be the Fork and Ale located across from the recreation area.

Why? Because RUNNING CHANGES EVERYTHING™.

1281 E Main Street
Fork and Ale
Birdsboro, PA US 19518

About Fleet Feet: Committed to providing expert advice, data-driven insights, head-to-toe product solutions, and robust training programs, each Fleet Feet location serves runners based on the belief that RUNNING CHANGES EVERYTHING™. Learn more at fleetfeet.com

About Brooks Running Company: Brooks Running Company sells its performance footwear, apparel, run bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run their path to a better self by creating the best gear, tools and experiences. Founded in 1914, Brooks is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle.

Come to the March ’22 Membership Meeting!

March’s Monthly Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10th, at Mohnton Fire Company Social Quarters, 100 E Summit St., Mohnton, PA 19540.  The meeting is upstairs. Enter the front door and the stairs are on your left. There is no need to ring the buzzer for entry. 

Click HERE to see the location on Google Maps.

Special demo at 6:00pm. 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.

** SPECIAL FOR MARCH’S MEETING **

Michael Whalen will be providing casual instruction on CPR and the use of the AED prior to the start of the March meeting. Karin Long will also be assessing pulse, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry on anyone that desires a check up. Please arrive at 6pm to take part in this opportunity.

Thanks,

Michelle Henry, President

Final Shiver of ’21-’22 Series — and Awards Banquet!

Thank you to the 139 5k runners, 71 10k runners, and the many volunteers who helped us have another successful Shiver by the River on February 13th.   Because of all the changes and uncertainty of COVID, numbers have been down this year, so we say a SPECIAL “Thank You” to runners and volunteers who have supported us!!!!!!

Shiver#4 will be held March 13th.   Take note – this is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time!!!  

As always, we need more volunteers for this race. Specifically, we need 3 or 4 people willing to take results off of the board, so that the race directors can calculate results as soon as possible. We also need the usual help parking, registration, on the road, at the finish line, clean up, water stop, and within the house serving soup. Anyone helping with registration should arrive at Jim Dietrich Park between 8:15 & 8:30; anyone helping during the race, should arrive by 9:30; either way, look for one of the race directors and we can find something for you to do. However, for as much as we need volunteers, we would really like to see more PACERS run the race!!!! 

The awards ceremony will be held immediately after the 4th race at the Temple Fire Company, 4963 Kutztown Rd, which is about 3 miles from Jim Dietrich Park. This is the same location as the last couple of years. We are looking for more door prizes. If anyone can donate personally, or secure a door prize, please bring it to the 4th race or the March Pacer meeting. Donations can be given directly to any of the race directors or dropped off at the front table where we are selling old shirts, etc. To be eligible to win a door prize, simply complete the survey at the awards banquet. A cold buffet, including a hot vegetarian item, will be served starting around 11:15, followed by door prizes and then the awards. Due to the costs associated with the party, we will follow the guidelines we established a few years ago.   

The party is FREE to everyone who has either:

  1. Finished 3 or more races in this year’s series – please bring your race number from the 4th race to the party, it will be your ticket for free entry.  We will place an additional label on the back of your number which will indicate your eligibility.  
  2. Assisted with any of the races.
  3. Paid for the series.  

We will be charging all others (including Pacers who do not fall into one of the above categories) a $10.00 fee to help cover some of our costs.

Remember, to help us maintain accurate results, DO NOT COMPLETE ANOTHER REGISTRATION FORM if you already ran this year.   If you paid for the series, registration is in the front room of the house. If you are paying race by race, we have a number for you at the ‘single race registration’ table in the 2nd room. If you have not previously registered for the 2021-2022 series, registration is at a different table, also in the 2nd room.  

Thanks for all the support we have received! We hope to see many of you at the Shiver, either running or volunteering!!!!!

Sue, Georgine & Tiffany

Minutes from the General Meeting (February 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: February 10, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mimmo’s Restaurant

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – 188% of target. Following the discussion with the executive board the target amount will left as is for right now.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Shaun Luther, registration is open. Shaun said the trail is a bit of a mess due to logging. He spoke to the trail maintenance guy for the Horseshoe Trail, and he will try to work on this. Dirty Pony (5K) is back.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022) – Donna Hey – registration is open; paper apps available.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – no report
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Stephan Weiss – permits done. 45 registered so far. Hard to get the trail maintenance company to work on the ski slope, bridge out, and excavation needed due to wash out.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic-no report
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (Saturday, December 31, 2022)- no report
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (Sunday, March 13, 2022)—Sue Jackson – volunteers needed. Still doing the banquet. Asking that people RSVP if they will likely be there, or not is even appreciated. Ordering is typically for 300 people. An email blast went out explaining this. Also looking for door prizes.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational – no report

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Wallyball at Colonial Fitness on Feb 25. There is an event page on Facebook. Bring $5 cash for the entry fee.
  • Running from Wilshire Pool, Thursday, June 23; some form of activity will be organized—run, bike, etc. More to follow
  • Yuriko Beaman – Yoga will be offered, more to follow.
  • Velodrome – Mike Whalen – can get a date in May for this – a Friday. Would have a private area and catering, more to follow.

Communications Committee: no report

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Michelle Henry –  the WNRs have been successful with the more fixed, escorted runs, offering a 3.5-ish mile, no drop, route for slower runners, and a faster-paced 6-mile run for those interested.
  • Trail Maintenance – No report 
  • Race mates – Dale Weitz – looking for volunteers to do this. Would like to expand the opportunities and the number of people involved. Ask Dale, Mike Whalen, or Kris Jacoby for more information.
  • Jane Setley brought a few of the handmade bowls from the Opportunity House Souper Bowl to give away as door prizes for the meeting attendees. She expressed appreciation for the Pacers’ support of Opportunity House. 

Scholarship Committee

  • There is an opening for one more reviewer on the scholarship committee. The deadline for application is 2/28.

Membership committee:

  • Michelle Henry – we have an actual table for this now, and someone will be encouraging and taking membership applications at all Pacer races.

Old business

  • Fleet Feet is advertising our races on their website.
  • Race results coordinator – Amy Bird has taken over this position. Send your results to raceresults@Pagodapacers.com at email address.
  • Pacer ‘passport’ – Michelle went over this document. It will record a member’s participation in club events, and at the end of the year, will qualify the card bearer for a gift from the Pacer club. 

New business

  • March 10th meeting at Mohnton Fire Company, Mike Whalen is doing a run through of CPR steps, and Karin Long is taking blood pressures and pulse ox’s (little clip that gets put on your finger to measure your blood’s oxygen level). They will start at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.
  • Fleet Feet events: Donut dash from Fleet Feet area, held on a monthly basis—several Pacers do this. And the Teddy Trot to Opportunity House is on February 12.
  • Lancaster Road Runner events: March 5 is at Blue Marsh and April 12 at Pinnacle Ridge. See their web page for more information.