Club Elections: Vote Online!

Directions to complete an online ballot will be emailed to all members on Sunday, November 1st. Voting will end on Thursday, November 12th, before the General Meeting. Below is a list of candidates and the positions they are running for.


Steve Maguire

Steve has been President of the Pacers for the last two years and is running for a third, one-year term.

Board of Directors (five positions open)

Brandon Beane

Brandon learned of and started running with the Pacers about 5 or 6 years ago. He has only ever run one Pacer race (Blues Cruise), but he has participated in group runs and volunteered at many races/events directing traffic, sweeping courses, making awards, trail maintenance, etc. He thinks that the organization is a great group of people to surround yourself with for a multitude of reasons from learning to run races of varying distances, giving back to the community, and just making great friends. Running for Brandon has become more than just an activity to keep physically fit; in fact, it’s become more of a way for him to stay mentally healthy. He’d like to continue helping to build a strong and healthy running community and club as a board member.

Matt Brophy

Matt has been on the Board of Directors since 2017 and is running for another 2-year term.

Tom Chobot

Tom has been on the Board since 2017 and is running for another 2-year term.

Jon Durand

Jon has been on the Board since 2017, and is currently also serving as Vice President. He is seeking another 2-year term.

Sue Jackson

Sue has been on the Board since 2017 and is seeking another 2-year term.

Club Election: 2020

Each fall the club holds an election for members of the Board of Directors and the Club President.

Members of the Board of Directors serve 2 year terms, and the President serves a 1 year term.

This year, we must elect 5 members to the Board of Directors and 1 Club President.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the Board or the office of President, please email Beth Kohl at to nominate yourself.

The deadline for nominations is October 29th.

In the November newsletter, candidates will have an opportunity to share some information about themselves and their commitment to the club.

This year, due to COVID, we will conduct the election online. Voting will take place in early November. Instructions for how to vote will be forthcoming at the end of October. You will be able to vote anytime from November 1st until November 11th.

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.

Club Elections on November 14th

Be sure to come to the November General Meeting to vote for 4 members of the Board of Directors as well as our Club President.

The meeting will take place at the Blind Hartman’s Tavern on Thursday, November 14th. Dinner is served at 6:30pm, and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.

Candidates for the Board of Directors

Ellie Alderfer

Thank you for your consideration. I have been a Pacer for about 10 years. This is a wonderful group of people who continually propel me to do better things in my life. My inspiration to run for an executive position is to maintain the mission of the club that calls for fun, community, and fellowship. And running. I would bring several years of experience in management, leadership, and service to others to the board. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a registered nurse, and nationally certified in leadership and management by the American Hospital Association. I understand how organizations should run to maintain smooth operations, be fiscally responsible, and strategically plan for the future. I have enjoyed my current position as club secretary, and would like to bring more to the organization by serving as a board member.

Beth Kohl

Beth is completing her first term on the Board of Directors and seeking re-election.

Karen Rule

I’ve been a member of the Pacers since 2008.   I’ve held the position of race results coordinator for a majority of that time. I can’t exactly remember which year, ages ago, I was asked to start scouring results and become comfortable with excel spread sheets… my eye doctor will surely blame my failing vision on this…  So, after many years of watching the club grow and improve, I’d like to be a part of the Board of Directors so that I can help our club continue our positive projection into the future.

John Thompson

John is seeking his first term on the Board of Directors.

Mike Yoder

Mike is completing his first term on the Board of Directors and seeking re-election.

Candidate for Club President

Steve Maguire

Steve is completing his first term as Club President and seeking re-election.

Letter from the President (September 2019)

by Steve Maguire

For any of our Pacer members about to embark on Blues Cruise, our signature 50k, here’s a fun fact to think about. Ketchup, or “koe-cheup” as it was referred to by the Chinese, was not originally tomato-based. It was made of fermented pastes, fish entrails, meat byproducts, and soybeans. Chicken or Egg dilemma, as this sounds like yesterday’s ketchup is today’s hot dog. (I’m not judging; I’m a big fan of both Berks at the ballpark and Hippy dogs.)

This food tidbit comes from a recent series on the History channel, “The Food That Built America.” There’s a time limit on Blues Cruise (a bit less than 200 years), but I’m sure the Aid Station Captains will take the runners on a similar food adventure.  The Club, Race Directors, and extended volunteers take pride in their themed aid stations providing fluids, food, merriment, and encouragement to the capacity 400 plus runners.  

As you read this, Dan Govern, Mike Yoder, and their teams are putting the final touches on this 50k event for October 6th and have asked Mother Nature to do her part.  Stop out to share a bit of your time or join the race.  All are welcome. 

Sunday, when the race is over, we’ll be loading up the trailer. Yes, a trailer. This asset, almost a year in the making, is 12 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 7 feet tall.  (We needed the height for Jon Durand.) At the moment it’s white and in need of a few Pacer members interested in helping design and execute the graphics portion.  Reach out via Facebook, or email if you’d like to be involved. 

Speaking of getting involved, the Pacer Board met in September covering a few details of which many were support and position related.  Entering into the November election period we will likely have a few vacancies to fill and members up for reelection. This will be formalized at the October 10th General Meeting–during which nominations will be accepted–and the vote will take place at the November meeting.  We’re also looking for some energetic new faces to join some of the committees or get their feet wet supporting a Race Director.  Entering the winter months, what better time to get involved, toss out ideas, and socialize with like minded members? I expect Walleyball, and a hockey game, to name some of the events that will be on the horizon. 

This is a social club, and with the passing of a local legend, Michael Ranck, we reflect on the times that we engage, tell stories, teach, and are taught.  Stealing a quote from Lord of the Rings: “It’s a gift to exist, and with existence comes suffering.” The fact that Mike finished each of the 45 Harrisburg Marathons is a testament to living life with gusto and celebration.  Given his history with teaching and the grandkids, I’m sure he would find joy in Tim Kirk’s proposal to Kelly Murdock at Labor Pains, and the recent marriage of Sam Dever and Alyssa Kennedy.

If you still have energy in those legs for a run or had a good time volunteering at Blues Cruise, you may get solicited by club members Ellie Sterling Alderfer and Beth Kohl for October 13th.   The Reading Hospital Road Run has a new half marathon course, which I anticipate may prove to be fast and well-spectated.   Expect to see many of our members out both racing and volunteering. The race benefits the Friends of Reading Hospital, which, as an organization, supports many similar interests as our club. For example, they’ve placed over 500 AEDs in Berks County. 

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

2019 Club Elections

Interested in running or nominating someone to run for the Pagoda Pacers Board of Directors or for club president?

Be sure to attend the General Meeting on Thursday, October 10, at the Blind Hartman’s Tavern, Pricetown Road.

Dinner will be served at 6:30pm; the meeting will follow at 7pm. All members are welcomed to attend.

Four spots on the Board of Directors are up for election, as is the club presidency. Nominate candidates at the October General Meeting, and vote at the November General Meeting.