Shiver by the River: Pandemic Update

Like everything else in 2020, the Shiver has been a crazy endeavor. On the Thursday prior to the December Shiver, Governor Wolf imposed more restrictions, including a limit of 50 people at an outdoor gathering. We had no choice but to scramble and cancel the race and then come up with a plan. We emailed all December race participants and offered them options of switching to a different Shiver race, getting a refund, or moving to a new Shiver race on the 2nd Sunday in April. 

Then as numbers in PA continued to rise, with a predicted spike after Christmas, the Race Directors decided they had very little confidence that restrictions will be eliminated on Jan 4th, as was announced. Therefore, the RDs decided to make January a virtual race. Again, we sent an email to all January runners, notifying them of the virtual race and giving them the option of doing a virtual race or moving their registration to either Feb, Mar, or April (or requesting a refund). We also notified all December runners that the January race will be virtual, as that might affect their decision of what to do with their December registration. We offered the virtual runners the opportunity to pick up their swag on the original date and location of the race, hoping that would be convenient.  

If any of you registered for December and haven’t done so already, let us know what you want us to do with your registration. We are not automatically moving it to April or doing any of the other options. If we don’t hear from the January runners, we are assuming they are doing the virtual race. We are hopeful the February and March Shivers will occur as planned.  

Online registration for the new April Shiver will be opening soon. We wanted to give the December and  January runners the first opportunity to register for the April race, but soon it will be available to everyone. We will continue to  use only online registration, because that allows us to control the numbers.  

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Shiver, whether as a runner, or volunteer, or both.  We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through the ever-changing restrictions and regulations!!  Feel free to contact us (shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com) with any questions or comments.

Stay safe everyone!!!!

Sue, Georgine, and Tiffany

‘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.

31st Annual Shiver: First Race Coming Up!

The 31st annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is NOW.  The first one is Dec 13th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  There is no race day registration and online registration closes at mid-night on Dec 9th or when we reach 200 runners.  We still need volunteers.  

We need help parking cars, in the finish area, on the road, at the water stop and also at a water table in the parking lot.  To help in planning, it is appreciated if you can let us know in advance, of your availability, by directly contacting either Sue, Georgine or Tiffany or by emailing shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com.  However, if you can’t commit until race day, that is fine, just find one of the race directors at registration.   For those on the road, we can give you an intersection, so it is your choice if you want to come to the park or go directly to your intersection.    

Registration opens at 8:30, so we ask that those parking cars or helping with registration, arrive around 8:00-8:15.  The race starts at 10:00, so we ask those helping during the race to arrive around 9:30, or if going directly to your intersection, please be there by 10:00. 

For details, especially changes we have made to assure everyone’s safety, please see our app on the Pacer website.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

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

First Shiver Six Weeks Away!

Shiver by the River

The 31st annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is quickly approaching.  The first one is Dec 13th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  Bib pickup begins at 8:30, 5K start at 10:00; 10K starts at 10:10.  Due to Covid there is no race day sign-up; all runners must pre-register.  

Volunteers – We are asking that you let us know in advance if you can help.  For those on the road, we can give you an intersection and you don’t even have to come into the park.  Also, we need fewer for registration, so this will assure that we don’t have extra volunteers.  Feel free to contact any of the race directors directly, or email shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com.  

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

Registration for Shiver ’20 – ’21 Is Open!

We have finalized plans for the Shiver – as final as anything can be in 2020!!!!!   Please see the new application, posted on the Pacer website, for details.  We realize not everyone will be happy with our decisions but our focus is on holding a safe race that complies with current restrictions.  Some of this information is the same as last month, some of it is new.

  • No series, only 4 individual races.  Because we don’t know how Covid may change everything over a period of 4 months, it will be easier to have 4 separate events, not tied together.  As before, the races will be held on the 2nd Sunday:  12/13/20, 1/10/21, 2/14/21, 3/14/21.
  • Limit of 200 runners each month, combined total of the 5K and 10K.  
  • On-line preregistration only.  No mail-in or day of registrations. 
  • Awards only for the 1st M/F in the 5K and 10K each month.  Everyone will receive a finisher award each month.
  • We are not doing age group awards because we chose to give everyone something to take home during this crazy race time. Also, giving awards encourages runners to remain at the race longer and also results in more interaction as awards are distributed.  We are trying to make this work for everyone.  Some runners may choose to hang out in the park with their fellow runners but others may wish to run and leave and not worry about waiting for awards.   
  • Covid designed shirt – The shirt must be pre-ordered.
  • On race day, runners will receive a bag containing their bib, safety pins, finisher award, a variety of individually wrapped snacks and a shirt (if pre-ordered).
  • To create further separation, 10K will start 10 minutes after the 5K.  Therefore, runners must register for the distance they want to run each month.  Runners can change the distance from month to month.
  • We ask runners to wear a mask as they approach registration.  Masks are NOT required during the race.  

If you run the Shiver each year or have never run a Shiver please consider joining us this season!! Feel free to contact any of the race directors with questions or comments.

Thanks!

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

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

Shiver by the River, 2020-2021

As of now we are planning to hold a MODIFIED Shiver by the River.  As we all know, rules and situations are changing daily, so all we can do is formulate a plan, knowing that it could be changed.  Here’s the current plan:

  • No series, only 4 individual races on the 2nd Sunday of Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar.
  • Cap of 200 runners per month.  
  • Everyone must pre-register since we can’t control the number of runners if we have same-day registration.
  • Apps will not be mailed.  Instead the app will be posted on our website.  Look for facebook and email announcements when the app is available.  We are also going to do an email blast, with the app, to previous Shiver participants.  
  • Awards will be given only to the top M/F in the 5K and 10K each month.  However, everyone will receive a finisher award each month!!
  • Shirts must be pre-ordered; we will not buy extra shirts. 
  • Weather permitting, we hope to hold registration outside on the porch or in the pavilion next to the farmhouse.  If registration is inside, we will ask that only runners and 1 legal guardian, for minors, come into the farmhouse.  If necessary, we will limit the number of runners inside the farmhouse, at a given time.
  • Snacks will all be individually wrapped.  
  • To further create separation, we will have a staggered start for the 5K and 10K
  • We ask everyone to wear a mask when they register.  Volunteers will wear masks and gloves.  

More specific details will be on the application, and in further communications.  

Thanks!  

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

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