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

YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A KRIS KRIGLE RACE…

SUNDAY, December 27 – 10am 

At the Berks County Fairgrounds

County Welfare & Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA 19533

The 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. 

The goal this year is a simple, fun, safe, in-person race that fits within the state guidelines. No indoor facility. There is a pavilion large enough for social distancing during bib pick up, hoodie sales, 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.  

Limited number of runners: 200 (sorry). Online registration only at pagodapacers.com (not yet active). No race-day entries.

Registration opens October 1st (mark your calendar!) and ends when 200 runners have signed up.

Race fee: $20 all ages. Hoodies sold separately.

For updates and information see pagodapacers.com and our Facebook page.

Awards: top 2 male and female overall and top 2 per age group: u14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80+. Overall winners not eligible for age group awards. No teams this year (sorry). 

Questions: call/text 484-797-3440 or kriskringledirector@pagodapacers.com 

RACE SPONSORED BY THE PAGODA PACERS ATHLETIC CLUB AND BENEFITS THE BERKS COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY COACHES ASSOCIATION.

–Polly Corvaia

Race Report: Kris Kringle, 2019

by Polly Corvaia

The Kris Kringle 5 Mile Run was the largest running event in Berks County in 2019. We had 621 registered runners and 560 finishers. Way to go!

Overall winners:

  1. DEE KOUTSOURAIS 33:08 (TOP FEMALE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW and counting)
  2. JEN ESPOSITO 33:26
  1. JAKE UNDERWOOD 27:28
  2. JUSTIN OBRIAN 27:51

Southwest Airline Ticket door prize winner was Rachel Ulrich from Governor Mifflin High School. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Ted, Lori and Mark Andrus- Southwest airline tickets.

Kohl Pharmaceuticals – Door prizes and awards

Fleet Feet – Award gift certificates

Thank you to our wonderful volunteer crew. If you did not receive a hoodie, let Polly know

Proceeds Benefit The BERKS COUTY CROSS COUNTRY COACHES ASSOCIATION. 

Please share any feedback (positive or negative) with Polly at SPCORVAIA@MSN.com.  

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.

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.

Register at PAGODAPACERS.com or PRETZELCITYSPORTS.com

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.

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.

Register at PAGODAPACERS.com or PRETZELCITYSPORTS.com

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.