Kris Kringle ’21 Recap

2021 KRIS KRINGLE was a great success. We had 508 finishers. 

Overall winners:

  1. MIKE PADILLA 28:13 (Phoenixville, PA)
  2. JOE CHUKOSKI 29:00 (Kempton, PA)
  1. ALISON WILINGMYRE 29:28 (Wernersville, PA-4TH overall)
  2. ALISON SUKOLSKY 30:55 (Indiatlantic, FLA-11th overall)

Pacer member Dylan Forrest placed 6th overall in 30:15. Nice job everyone and please see our website for all results.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteer crew, 35 strong. Thank you Mother Nature for providing sunny, warm weather. Special shout out to Andrea Thrush for creating the best painted rocks ever; everyone loved them.

Much appreciation to the Fleet Feet crew led by Jason Corby for the gift card awards. We continue to be the largest race in Berks. 

Partial proceeds benefit the BERKS COUTY CROSS COUNTRY COACHES ASSOCIATION. 

Please share any feedback with Polly Corvaia or Lisa Domeshek (kriskringledirector@pagodapacers.com). 

‘Twas Time for Kris Kringle

by Polly Corvaia

‘Twas time for the Kris Kringle,
And so it begun.
An in-person race--
Let's see who will run.

Applications were mailed
And planning took place.
We kept moving forward
And hoped we could race.

Registrations came in,
But the numbers were low.
Seemed everyone was waiting
To be sure the race would go.

Back to a 5-Miler,
The regular course was planned.
But the next pandemic might stop us,
And the race would be canned.

But good luck was with us, 
And all came together.
500 runners showed up,
And so did good weather.

Kringle’s comeback was successful!
Our volunteers are THE BEST!
Some details yet to complete, 
Next month we’ll share the rest.

35th Kris Kringle 5-Mile Race Set for December 26!

The 35th running of the KRIS KRINGLE 5 MILE RACE is Sunday December 26th at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533. Registration opens at 8:30, race starts at 10:00. This is an important year for club events to get real racing back after a virtual year.

Race-day registration will be available and we need as many volunteers as possible to get the race off smoothly. If you are racing, consider helping at the registration table. We also need help parking cars, manning road intersections, directing runners at the finish line, presenting awards, and cleaning up afterwards. Volunteers should arrive at the Ag Center between 7:30 – 8:00. Sign the volunteer list at the registration table and let Polly know you are there to help. Masks are required inside the 4H building as per Penn State Extension.

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.

Click HERE to register for the best winter race in Berks County!

Kris Kringle 2021 — Register before price increase!

Kris Kringle 2021 – PRICE INCREASE ALERT: Register by 11/30 to beat the price increase!

The 35th running of the KRIS KRINGLE 5 MILE RUN will be held on Sunday, December 26th at 10:00 AM
at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533.

Make the most of your holiday weekend! Grab your friends and family and work off those holiday
indulgences with this fun run along a beautiful course, which is also walker and stroller friendly.

This year we are excited to reveal a new logo for the hoodies. Don’t miss out on your chance to own
one. Hoodies are limited to the first 500 hundred registrants, so be sure to sign up early!

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – OR – PRINT MAILABLE RACE APPLICATION!

(As of now, registration will be available on race day, but hoodies are not guaranteed. )

Save money and register before the cutoff! Prices increase on November 30th .

This is a Pagoda Pacer event and proceeds help to fund the Berks County Cross Country Coaches
Association.

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,
Polly Corvaia, Lisa Domeshek, and Michelle Henry

Save $$ by Registering NOW for Kris Kringle

Welcome back to the race world KRIS KRINGLE! This year’s 5 Mile race will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center on Sunday, December 26th, at 10:00 a.m., and we can’t wait to see you there!

The race travels in a clockwise direction this year, as we reverse directions every year, giving runners a different perspective of the beautiful course. It is stroller- and walker-friendly. There are fast road sections, slow hill sections, gorgeous trail in the Blue Marsh Lake area, and a section of the Union Canal trail next to a beautiful trout stream. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the Union Canal trail, so pets have to wait with your friends at the finish.

Five year age group awards and High School Cross Country team awards. See the application. 

Save money and register before the cut-off date (November 30). REGISTER BY MAIL: Print application and mail check.  You can also REGISTER ONLINE (service fee applies).  https://www.pagodapacers.com/Races-Results/Races/Kris-Kringle-5-Miler.aspx     

Questions: KrisKringleDirector@PagodaPacers.com

Registration Open for 2021 Kris Kringle 5-Miler

Welcome back to the race world KRIS KRINGLE! This year’s 5-mile race will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center on Sunday December 26 at 10:00 AM and we can’t wait to see you there.

The race travels in a clockwise direction this year, as we reverse directions every year giving runners a different perspective of the beautiful course. It is stroller- and walker-friendly. There are fast road sections, slow hill sections, gorgeous trail in the Blue Marsh Lake area, and a section of the Union Canal trail next to a beautiful trout stream. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the Union Canal trail, so pets have to wait with your friends at the finish.

Five year age group awards and High School Cross Country team awards. See the application

Save money and register before the cut-off date (November 30). REGISTER BY MAIL: Print application and mail check.  You can also REGISTER ONLINE: service fee applies.      

Questions: KrisKringleDirector@PagodaPacers.com

Kris Kringle 2020 Final Report

At the February meeting we discussed and voted on splitting the profits from the race with three other organizations. We will donate $800.00 to each of the following organizations:

1. Berks County Cross Country Coaches Association

2. IM Able Foundation

3. Schuylkill River Greenways. Donation will go towards their fundraising effort to revive the Reading Gateway Section of The Schuylkill River Trail. A volunteer day for this project is March 27 and you must pre-register. For more information see the article in this newsletter “SRT: Reading Gateway Initiative.” 

‘Twas Two Weeks before Race Day

by Polly Corvaia

‘Twas two weeks before race day, 
And what do you know?
Outdoor events were all cancelled! 
What a tough blow!

We scurried and scrambled,
WTF do we do now? 
Keep the Kris Kringle running,
And go virtual somehow.

Away to the computer, we flew like a flash.
A membership Zoom meeting was held in a dash. 
We changed the tradition, a virtual race did find.
Would anyone run it, would they be so inclined?

Run your fastest 5K, and send us your time.
We record the results and post them online.
We’ll send out the hoodies, and give out the swag.
We’re happy to report, a great response we did have.

Now runners! Now pacers! Now Gnomes and Volunteers!
Go faster! Go slower! Go have yourself some cheer!
To the top of the hill, and as far as you can run,
A pandemic won’t stop us; we’ve got to have fun.

The Virtual Kris Kringle was a surprising success 
Thanks to the faithful runners; it is you who are blessed.
There are a few tiny details, we still need to sort.
Stay tuned until next month, for the final report.

The 2020 Kris Kringle 5k Is SOLD OUT.

We reached our limit in two weeks and have started a waiting list.

If you want to join the waiting list or volunteer on race day let us know by emailing kriskringledirector@pagodapacers.com.

Since it is a new XC style course we will need volunteers at every turn so runners can run through without hesitation.

The race will be on Sunday, December 27, 10am at the Berks County Fairgrounds (next to Berks Ag Center where the race normally is).  Bib pick-up starts at 8:30.

–Polly Corvaia, Race Director

Registration Is Open for the 2020 Kris Kringle!

Kris Kringle registration opens October 1st and ends when 200 runners have signed up.

HOODIE UPDATE: you may order your hoodie online too! Registration with hoodie is $38 (or without hoodie, $20).

Race date is Sunday, December 27 at 10am.

NEW location is the Berks County Fairgrounds (next to Berks Ag Center where the race normally is).

The distance is 5k; semi-flat and fast! You will run cross country and no roads. You can choose to run the course twice for a 10k distance but awards will be for your 5k time.

5 year age group and fabulous finisher awards.

Online registration only at pagodapacers.comno race day entries.

Sponsored by the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club and benefits the Berks County XC Coaches Assn.

The goal is a simple, fun, safe, in-person race that fits within the state guidelines. No indoor facility. There is a large pavilion that will allow for social distancing during bib pick up, refreshments, and awards.

Be sure to bring a dry bag so you can comfortably hang out after the run and catch up with runners you didn’t see most of the year.

–Polly Corvaia, Race Director