Election Results (2019)

Club President (1 year term)

Steve Maguire

Board of Directors (2 year term)

Mike Yoder, Beth Kohl, Karen Rule, Ellie Alderfer

Note: Nine club members serve on the Board of Directors, and each is elected to serve a two-year term. Five or four of the Board positions are up for election each year. The members of the Board who are currently in the middle of their terms, and will be up for re-election next year, are Larry Drogo, Tom Chobot, Sue Jackson, Jon Durand, and Matt Brophy.

The remaining Board members would like to thank outgoing Board members Phil Lechner and Ken Seale for their service to the Board and the club.

Renew Your Membership for 2020

Membership dues for 2020 are due by the end of the year. $20 for a single membership.  $30 for a family membership (limit to 2 adults over 21 in the same household; children under 21 are free associate members).  3 options for payment are available: PayPal, snail mail, or use RunSignUp. For the first 2 options you must go to the Pagoda Pacer website.

You can go to the Pagoda Pacer website and click on Join Now. Or use this link.


This will use Paypal for online payment.

2nd option is print and fill out a paper membership application and mail it and a check to:

Pagoda Pacers A.C., PO Box 4115, Reading, Pa 19606

Make check payable to Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club.

Or, if you received an email from RunSignUp.com prompting you to renew, you can follow the directions in that email.

If you have any questions or concerns contact me at membership@pagodapacers.com

Thank you,

Dave Gallen

Membership Coordinator

Letter from the President (December 2019)

by Steve Maguire

Word on social media was Target had deals on Christmas decorations where you’d get $50 back if you spent $100.   This started an exchange on lights etc and made me wonder the long term impact. You see my youth crossed the time between screw-in bulbs and those first plug-in.  I’m not sure if it was frugality, pride, or some generational thing, but strings of lights were not replaced without a fight.

Probably in each household, year after year there was a system to how they were put away, and when they didn’t light, you learned how electricity worked.  In those strands each bulb was connected in series like a chain. If one bulb failed, the entire strand goes dark and you’d spend the afternoon swapping bulbs to find the culprit.   Through this rite of passage, I may have learned much: unsafe techniques on a ladder, don’t hang lights on a holly bush, what it feels to get shocked, and a few curse words.

We try to get smarter with each passing year, and you learn to check things ahead of time.  You learn taking down is as much work as hanging up. You learn to prioritize with what’s available, and most of all, you try to remember why you do it. 

Hanging lights is probably the closest I’ll get to being a Race Director.  I’m humbled and appreciative that the club elected me for a second term as President.  I’m a realist, however, in knowing this organization functions because all the lights light.  No different than the single bulbs, each member–through volunteering, participating, and promoting–does a part and the Berks area benefits.

November 10th was the 25th running of the Oley Country Classic 10-Miler and 5k.  I believe over the history of the race, the Oley Youth League has benefitted something like $100,000.  This is done through the hard work of Barry Goodhart, Lenny Burton, and all the Pacer volunteers.  What is amazing is the entry fee is still close to the price in the 90s at only $25. As noted, I have been electrocuted, but I can’t recall even a 5k at that price where you get a competitive race, a shirt, and awards that are as impressive as the work of Maggie Gallen (Barnard).   If you haven’t been, the shop at Googleworks is a great opportunity to support local artists such as Maggie.

December brings two races we host with and without festive Christmas bells and lights.   The Shiver series starts Sunday, December 8th at 10 am.   Time to register your first of at least 3 finishes in the series.  Three weeks later, join the festivities for the Kris Kringle 5 miler Sunday, December 29th.   Both of these are well organized and opportunities to stay active through the cold on the course with a bib or as a volunteer.

We’ll skip the December meeting as David Feinauer (aka Swamp) and team promise to put us all on the Naughty List with a not to be missed Christmas Party on Friday, December 6th at the Grill Fire Company. If you haven’t gotten your fill of Christmas decorating, I’m sure the team would appreciate the help with raffle prizes and decorating. I don’t believe ladders are permissible.

 Last but not least, I’d like to thank Phil Lechner and Ken Seale for their time and involvement with both the Board and the Pacers’ club in general.   Ken and Phil both have changes and new opportunities in their lives, which opened the board positions in which Ellie Alderfer and Karen Rule were elected.

We’re working on a Royals game for January and Walleyball for February. If we don’t see you in December, have an amazing Holiday–enjoy the lights!

Time to quit typing, got to run……. Steve

Mike Ranck's Marathon

A long list of runners turned out for the 2019 Harrisburg Marathon, all running in honor of Mike Ranck, who ran all previous 47 iterations of the race: Mike Zimmerman (who completed his first marathon), Laura Yoder (who won her age group and qualified for Boston), Jess Gockley (who completed her first marathon and placed 2nd in her age group and qualified for Boston), Karen Gibbons (who completed her first marathon), Brian Stones (who qualified for Boston), Rhoda Smoker, Conrad Smoker, Jon Durand, Ryan Espulgar, Donny Mengel, Dan Govern, and Brooke Schell.

It was an emotional day for all these runners, who each wore pictures of Mike on their shirts.

Brooke ran with Mike’s jacket, which he wore while finishing last year’s marathon. Fresh in her mind was the memory of Mike’s continually hopeful talk, during his treatment, that he would be able to at least walk the marathon this year.

Mike made his presence known with graffiti on a bridge near the finish.

Mike’s wife Laurie, his daughter Courtney, and his granddaughter Willow were all in attendance to see the finishers. Brooke presented Willow with Mike’s medal.

Race Results (November 2019)

Email race results to Race Results Coordinator Karen Rule at raceresults@pagodapacers.com.

November 2019
Call of the Wilds 50K
16Andy Styer6:56:10
Cheslen Chase for Open Space 10K
Paul Makurath1:16:57
Pennypack Trail Fest 20K
Paul Makurath2:39:37
Oley Classic 10 Miler
14Dee Koutsourais1:06:001st F30-34
15Curt Minich1:06:212nd M50-54
36Andy Styer1:11:382nd M45-49
141Jackie Snyder1:29:31
162Ann Gery1:32:18
185Ellie Alderfer1:37:25
186Blair Hogg1:37:37
211Kristen Rothenberger1:43:41
218Lisa Domeshek1:45:09
226Heide Moebius1:46:401st F75+
234Barbara Raifsnider1:49:32
Oley Classic 5K
5Grant Kellenberger19:021st M<15
13Greg Kellenberger20:452nd M40-44
75Jane Setley28:453rd F50-54
77Zeb Ganster28:492nd M30-34
123Rose Hagy36:112nd F70-74
Ghouls and Fools Nighttime Trail 10K
8Steve Maguire58:061st M50-59
15Mike Yoder1:02:073rd M50-59
23Brandon Beane1:04:01
24Dana Seitzinger1:04:05
28Laura Yoder1:04:311st F50-59
56Katie Frederick1:12:463rd F<39
100Colleen Fitzpatrick1:23:341st F Clyde
104Joe Veppert1:23:42
105Karen Rule1:23:434th F40-49
106Tamara Fisher1:23:50
107Chris Fisher1:23:52
142Kim Kohl1:46:57
143Kate Willis1:46:59
144Lisa Domeshek1:47:07
Fitzy’s 5K
5Mark Yourkavitch21:361st M55-59
10Dale Wiest22:341st M60-64
16Tony Agentowicz22:452nd M55-59
25Beth Kohl23:312nd Female
125Ellie Vanderbeck33:23
Tough Turkey 5K
3Steve Maguire21:581st M50-59
6Kate Martin23:371st F30-39
11April Zimmerman25:482nd F30-39
14Ruth Machamer27:522nd F40-49
27Rose Hagy40:551st F60+
Harrisburg Marathon
51Brian Stones3:13:25
103Jess Gockley3:28:102nd F35-39
134Jon Durand3:33:30
164Laura Yoder3:39:011st F50-54
190Dan Govern3:43:20
309Rhoda Smoker4:08:16
313Brooke Schell4:08:41
372Donny Mengel4:20:47
546Mike Zimmerman5:14:54
547Kristin Schimp5:14:59
548Katelyn Miller5:15:02
579Mike Reese5:36:05
Run for Riley 5K
Cyndi Borelli32:29
Jeff Borelli40:02
Philadelphia Marathon
1922Steve Vida3:34:07
9642Olivia Vida6:07:21

Kris Kringle

The 33rd running of the KRIS KRINGLE 5 MILE RACE is Sunday, December 29th at 11:00 AM at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533. 

Last year we had 629 finishers, and we are on target to reach as many this year. Are you registered yet? Pre-registering helps us plan better, so we can guarantee you get a hoodie. Click HERE to register now.

If you are not running it, please volunteer; we need your help. Come to the Ag Center between 8:30 – 9:00am.

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