Update on Club Races

Race Directors Dan Govern and Mike Yoder announced on June 19th that the Blues Cruise 50k will not take place this year due to a variety of issues and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and construction at Blue Marsh. While this was, of course, sad news to hear, we hope everyone understands that it was unavoidable, and we hope that enthusiasm for the Blues Cruise will be fully revived when the race returns in October 2021.

The Board of Directors met on June 22nd (via Zoom) to discuss the remaining club races for 2020 (Oley Valley Country Classic, Shiver by the River series, Kris Kringle 5-Miler). While we are hopeful that, if Berks County remains in “green,” these races may happen, there is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty about what the future may bring, what modifications would be required to hold a race, and whether or not it will make practical sense to do so. (Even if the infection rate in Berks remains low, holding a race under current guidelines will present significant challenges.)

We expect race directors to make a final decision about each remaining race–in consultation with the Board of Directors–at least two months prior to the scheduled date for each race. Be sure to follow each race’s Facebook page for the latest updates and announcements.

Summer Races Canceled

The race directors for our summer races have announced that, sadly, both races must be canceled due to the ongoing public health crisis.

The Run for the Ages 10k Trail Chase (originally scheduled for June 28th) and the Gring’s Mill Run (originally scheduled for August 2nd) will hopefully resurface next summer, once the spread of COVID-19 is under control.

The next Pagoda Pacers race in 2020 currently on our schedule is Blues Cruise (10/4/20). Race directors Dan Govern and Mike Yoder have not made a final decision yet about whether or not this race will take place. The Army Corps of Engineers has NOT ruled out events for the fall at Blue Marsh, but there is a good deal of uncertainty about what specific restrictions will be in place by October. Please stay tuned for more information, and be sure to follow the Blues Cruise Facebook Page for updates.

Shiver by the River: Race #3 Coming Up!

Thank you to the 288 5K runners and 107 10K runners and the many volunteers who helped us have another successful Shiver by the River on Jan 12th.  

Shiver #3 will be held on Feb 9th. We are always hoping to draw more Pacers to this race.  Those that participate have very positive feedback. To those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to join us, we would like to know what (if anything) we can implement or change to entice you to become one of our runners. Please feel free to pass any comments on to the race directors, either in person or email. We are very open to suggestions.  

Looking ahead, our 4th race in the series will be held on March 8th.   The awards banquet will be at the Temple Fire Co, immediately following the race. It is free to all runners who completed 3 or more races and free for volunteers; there is a $10 charge for everyone else.    We are always looking for door-prizes to be given at the awards ceremony.  If you own a business, or know someone who owns a business, or you would like to donate something yourself, we would be very grateful for merchandise, gift certificates, gift baskets, or any small item that a runner would appreciate. Door prizes can be brought to either of the next 2 races. We plan to send thank you notes to all of our donors, so if you donate or secure an item for us, we would appreciate knowing exactly what was donated and contact information for the donor. We also need more volunteers during the March race so we can compile results for the awards. We very much appreciate the Pacers who come out month after month, year after year; however, we have a few hundred members in the club, so if you haven’t volunteered for a race lately, consider helping at Shiver #3 and/or Shiver #4.   

Volunteers for registration should plan to arrive around 8:00-8:15; volunteers for the road should plan to arrive by 9:15-9:30 and look for one of the race directors.  

Please help us by patronizing our sponsors: Shillington Family Chiropractic Center; Fleet Feet – A Running Start; and Kohl Pharmaceutical Research.

Sue, Kelsey, Georgine & Tiffany

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.

Shiver by the River

The 30th annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is NOW.  The first one is Sunday, Dec 8th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  Registration opens at 8:30am; both races start at 10:00am.  If you can’t run all 4 of them, run 3, run 2, or run 1.  

If you choose not to run the race, please consider volunteering.  We need volunteers before the race, for parking and registration; during the race – on the road, at the finish line and in the farmhouse; and after the race – for cleanup.  If you can help prior to the race, please plan to arrive between 8:00 – 8:15.  If you can help with the race itself, please arrive no later than 9:30. Look for one of the race directors somewhere around the farmhouse.   Thank you in advance for your support!

Hope to see you there!!!

Sue Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

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.

Shiver by the River

The 30th annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is upon us.  Join us on the 2nd Sunday of each month: Dec 8th, Jan 12th, Feb 9th and Mar 8th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  In case you missed us last year, please note the new time:  Registration opens at 8:30, both races start at 10:00. If you can’t run all 4 of them, run 3, run 2, or run 1.  

Each year at the Shiver banquet, we ask the runners to complete a survey, asking what each runner likes best, what they like least, and any comments or suggestions.  We really do read those, and we sometimes make changes based on the suggestions. For instance, many of you have asked that we start the race earlier, so effective Dec 2018, we started at 10:00.  Below are a few responses to some of the most frequent questions. We will have more FAQ in future newsletters.  

Question(s):  Why don’t we have awards for 5K vs 10K? Why don’t we start the 5K & 10K at different times? Why don’t we have a different course for the 5K and 10K, instead of running the 5K twice for the 10K?  The answer to these questions is the same: What makes the Shiver unique is that each runner can choose their distance as they are running, possibly running 10K some months and 5K other months. Hence, the awards are combined; the starts are at the same time; and the courses have to be combined.  

Question:  How is the scoring done?  Answer: Each runner gets points equivalent to the place they finish, regardless of 5K or 10K.  If someone is the 35th person to cross the line in the 5K, they get 35 points; if they are the 35th person to cross the line in the 10K, they get 35 points.  A runner must run at least 3 of the races to be eligible for an award and if they run 4, the highest points are dropped (example, if a runner finishes 10th in the Dec 5K, 20th in the Jan 10K, 25th in the Feb 10K, and 15th in the Mar 5K, their points would be 10 + 20 + 15).   Even if several of the front runners only run 1 race, points for all runners are equivalent to the finish place .  The points assigned are not affected by how many in your age group finish the race in front of you. After the March race, the total points for each person is accumulated; then we sort by age group, and then by points, to determine winners in each age category.  We don’t calculate points for runners only completing 1 or 2 races.  If the runner completes 3 races, we total their points. If the runner completes 4 races, we determine the worst finish and drop those points, accumulating the remaining 3 races.   

If you choose not to run the race, please consider volunteering.  We need volunteers before the race, for parking and registration; during the race – on the road, at the finish line, and in the farmhouse; and after the race – for cleanup.  If you can help prior to the race, please plan to arrive between 8:00 – 8:15.  If you can help with the race itself, please arrive no later than 9:30. Look for one of the race directors somewhere around the farmhouse.   Thank you in advance for your support!

Hope to see you there!!!

Sue Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja