2nd Shiver of the Season a Week Away

We need RUNNERS!!!! We need VOLUNTEERS!!!!!

The 2nd Shiver by the River 5K/10K is Sunday January 9th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and both races start at 10:00 a.m.

If you have never run this race or maybe you haven’t run it for a few years, come out and join us, and maybe reconnect with runners you haven’t seen in ages!

Because of the continuance of COVID, we will have some slight changes. We are asking runners to get their bibs and then make their way outside. But before you leave, check out the swag we have for sale – previous years’ t-shirts, etc.!!!! If it gets too crowded, we may limit the number of people in the farmhouse.

We will have soup; but instead of bagels, we will have individually wrapped pretzels. Instead of the tables of snacks, each runner will receive a bag of snacks at registration (as we did last year). Depending on the weather, we may ask runners to not gather inside, but instead grab some food and head outside to the pavilion (at the end of the parking lot) or the porch.

Per CDC guidelines, we ask that anyone who is not vaccinated to wear a mask inside the
farmhouse.

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, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

32nd Annual Shiver Series Starts in Less Than 2 Weeks!

The 32nd  annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is NOW. We need runners!!!  We need volunteers!!!!! 

The first race is Dec 12th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  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.  

Due to the persistence of COVID, we will have some slight changes.  Depending on weather, registration may be outside, at the pavilion to the left of the farmhouse.  If it’s inside, we will ask runners to get their bib, check out our swag and then make their way outside.  If it gets too crowded we may limit the number of people in the farmhouse.  We will have the soup; but instead of bagels, we will have individually wrapped pretzels.  Instead of the tables of snacks, each runner will receive a snack bag at registration (as we did last year).  Depending on the weather, we may ask runners to not gather inside, but instead grab some food and head outside to the pavilion or the porch.    

Per CDC guidelines, we ask that anyone who is not vaccinated to wear a mask inside the farmhouse.

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, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

’21-’22 Shiver Series Starts Next Month!

The 32nd annual SHIVER by the RIVER 5K & 10K is NOW.  The first one is Dec 12th, at Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp.  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.  

Runners can register online at www.pretzelcitysports.com or by mailing the app and a check.  Plus, we will have race day registration.  Pre-registration deadline is 11/18.  Despite everything costing more, we have not raised our prices!!  The shirts this year are a soft, long-sleeve heather burgundy.  Look for a picture on the Pacer Facebook Discussion Page. We are hoping to give you a race very similar to pre-Covid days; however, the Pagoda Pacers are closely watching all event recommendations from the CDC along with state and local health guidelines.  If necessary, mask or other requirements will be communicated, via email prior to race day.

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, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

Looking Ahead to Shiver ’21 – ’22

Dates:  2nd Sunday:  Dec 12th, Jan 9th, Feb 13th, March 13th  

Time:  10:00 am

Location:  Jim Dietrich Park  

We are hoping to return to the pre-Covid Shiver; however, as conditions are changing, we will be following all recommendations from our state & local health agencies, the RRCA, as well as the CDC.  Masks or other requirements will be communicated, if necessary, via email and the Pagoda Pacers Discussion Group Facebook page.  We are keeping our options open regarding the post-race snacks, water stops, registration, etc.  More details to follow as we get closer to our December race.

The Shiver will be a series!!  Pre-registration is only available for the series and we plan to have race day registration for both the series and individual races.  We received a lot of positive feedback regarding last year’s shirt, so we will offer a similar shirt this year.  Once we have finalized the design and color, a sample will be posted on the Pagoda Pacers Discussion Group Facebook page.

Apps will be mailed with a Pretzel City mailing and can be found online, at either our web site or Pretzel City Sports website.  As in the past, we are offering online registration, for the series, at www.pretzelcitysports.com

Come out and join us for our 32nd season!!!!!!

Race Directors,

Sue Jackson, Georgine McCool, Tiffany Pantoja

Shiver by the River: ’20-’21 Recap

The 31st Shiver by the River is finally complete! It was a crazy year. Of the 4 original dates, the March race was the only race held on its original date. Once we added an April race, it was also held, as planned. As part of our Covid changes, we gave finisher awards in lieu of age group awards, and each runner received a swag bag of pre-packaged snacks instead of the snacks normally offered after each race. Here’s a recap of 6 attempts at live races.

  • Three days before the December race, Governor Wolf placed a 50 person limit on outdoor events.  We had 205 runners registered who were given the option to switch to another race, or request a refund. We also decided to hold a race in April to give the runners another opportunity for a live race.
  • Due to the state of affairs, we made January a virtual race. Again, runners were given the option of switching their registration or requesting a refund. The finisher award was a unique COVID-themed medal. Swag bags were available for pickup on the original race date, at Jim Dietrich Park. Only 34 runners gave us results.
  • On the Wednesday prior to the February race, after much deliberation between the race directors and Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation, we decided to postpone the race for 2 weeks. We had had a lot of snow during the previous week, and most of the race course was only plowed enough for 1 car, not a car plus runners. The parking lot at Jim Dietrich also had minimum parking. Everyone gave their best effort for snow removal, but after several days of snow, there was just nowhere to put it. We sent an email to the February runners, explaining the situation, offering to move their registration or to send a refund.  
  • We FINALLY had a live race on Feb 28th.  113 runners braved the cold rain. Our finisher award was a head-wrap or gaiter, with a COVID-themed design. We had lots of positive feedback!   
  • On March 14th, we finally had a live race on one of the original dates!  114 runners participated.  The finisher award was a tumbler, with an infuser and a COVID-themed design. Once again, the runners loved the award.  
  • On April 11th, we had our final race. We had heavy downpours (fortunately the temps were warm) prior to the race, but only light drizzle during the race. Unfortunately, over 60 pre-reg runners were no-shows. However, 98 runners finished the race. We were very happy to have an adaptive runner from IM ABLE with 3 Pacers (Dale Wiest, Michael Whalen, Evan Falk) pushing the athlete through the 5K. Once again, we offered COVID-themed medals to the runners.      

As always, THANK YOU to all the Pacers who participated either by running, volunteering or both!   We sincerely appreciate all of our volunteers, whether you helped us at one race or every race!  We can’t thank everyone enough for their flexibility during the last few months!!!!!

We hope to be back in ’21-’22 with another 4-race series, possibly with some changes due to everything we have experienced in the past year. Stay tuned for more details! 

Sue, Georgine, and Tiffany  

The Race Mates Are off and Running!

Prior to the pandemic changing everything running-related, Dale Wiest presented at a Pacers’ meeting the concept of our members volunteering to use adaptive joggers to allow athletes from the IMABLE Foundation to participate in local running races. The combination of the relaxation of social distancing rules, the Shiver by the River race going live, and a recent Pagoda Pacers monetary donation to IMABLE allowed Dale’s vision to become a reality. On April 11, 2021, Dale, Evan Falk, and Michael Whalen joined super athlete Brantlee Phillips at the starting line for a wet and cold 5K adventure. Brantlee enjoyed the speedbumps and puddles as he passed cheering road marshals, other athletes, and fans for a commendable 14th place finish. The three Pagoda Pacers Race Mates all agreed that this was an extraordinary experience. The first place overall female runner presented Brantlee with her large trophy!  Brantlee proudly wore his finisher’s medal to school the next day and was very proud of his accomplishment. It is reported that Brantlee has the “race bug” and is looking to compete again.

IMABLE Athlete Brantlee Phillips along with Race Mates Wiest, Whalen, and Falk (left to right)

The Race Mates program is in its infancy and we are hopeful to grow the program rapidly. IMABLE has purchased additional adaptive joggers and we are scheduled to assist four athletes on May 2, 2021. The goal of the program is to eliminate the barriers that prevent athletes from participating in running events. Currently the only races that will be considered are 5K or less, paved, or smooth rail-to-trail. There are many safety factors that need to be considered for this program.  All Pagoda Pacers are eligible to participate as a race guide or in other volunteer roles in the Race Mates program. Please contact Dale Wiest, Kristen Jacoby, or Michael Whalen if you are interested.

Dale: Wiesty58@gmail.com

Kris: sjacoby2@ptd.net

Michael: Michaelwhalen102@gmail.com

Final Shiver of ’20-’21 Season on Sunday, April 11th

Here it is April and consistent with the craziness of the last 12 months, we are STILL having Shiver races! We offered this race when we had to cancel the December race, due to Governor Wolf’s restrictions. We have only had 2 live races, each with a little less than 120 runners. We are hoping to reach our limit of 200 runners for our final race. So, if you are looking for a live race, come and join us on 4/11 at Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Twp. Registration is online only, at Pretzel City Sports. There is no race-day sign-up.  

When we canceled December, we offered runners the opportunity to request a refund, or to move their registration to one of the remaining races. I can’t state enough that we did not automatically move anyone from December to April! So, if you or one of your friends registered for December and didn’t do anything with that registration, this is your last chance and you must email shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com and request that we move your December registration to April.

As always, we are looking for Pacers to RUN the race, but if that isn’t an option, we always need volunteers. We don’t need as many volunteers prior to the race, since there is no race-day registration; and we don’t need anyone after the race, as there is no food.  However, we do need volunteers to park cars; direct runners at the various intersections; help in the chute; keep the water stop table filled with cups of water; and to furnish water and Gatorade after the race. The water/Gatorade table at the end will have 1 or 2 volunteers, wearing gloves, filling the cups and placing them on the table for the runners to take. This will prevent dozens of runners from touching the containers. To help in planning, it is appreciated if you can let us know in advance of your availability by directly contacting 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 the swag pickup area. 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. Swag pickup opens at 8:30, so we ask that those parking cars or helping with swag pickup 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.  Swag pickup will be at the pavilion, near the farmhouse. We ask everyone to wear a mask. Gloves will be provided.

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 with any questions or comments.

Stay Safe everyone!!!!

Sue, Georgine, and Tiffany

Shiver by the River: March, 2021

Normally at this time of year, I am begging for donations for the Shiver banquet and begging for volunteers for the March Shiver, since we need more volunteers than other Shivers. However, nothing is normal right now.  Instead, by the time you read this, we hope we have had our first live race on Feb 28th. And that will be followed by another live Shiver two weeks later on March 14th.  

As always, we are looking for Pacers to RUN the race, but if that isn’t an option, we always need volunteers.  We don’t need as many volunteers prior to race, since there is no race day registration; and we don’t need anyone after the race, as there is no food.  However, we do need volunteers to park cars; direct runners at the various intersections; help in the chute; keep the water stop table filled with cups of water; and to furnish water and Gatorade after the race. The water/Gatorade table at the end will have 1 or 2 volunteers, wearing gloves, filling the cups and placing them on the table for the runners to take. This will prevent dozens of runners from touching the containers. 

To help in planning, it is appreciated if you can let us know in advance of your availability by directly contacting 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 the swag pickup area. 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. 

Swag pickup opens at 8:30, so we ask that those parking cars or helping with swag pickup, 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. Swag pickup will be at the pavilion, near the farmhouse. We ask everyone to wear a mask. Gloves will be provided.

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 with any questions or comments.

Stay Safe everyone!!!!

Sue, Georgine, and Tiffany

Shiver by the River: February, 2021

We are planning to have a REAL, LIVE race on Feb 14th!!!!!!  That will be followed by 2 more races on March 14 and April 11!!!! Yes, something new – a Shiver race in April! Thank you to all the runners for their patience and flexibility as race plans were constantly changing.  Registration for all of the Shiver races is online only, via Pretzel City Sports. We continue to limit our races to 200 runners.  

The January race was virtual and many runners chose to run the actual course after picking up their swag at the Jim Dietrich pavilion. Virtual race results are posted on our website.

When we cancelled the December race, we sent an email to all runners, asking them to let us know how to handle their registration (switching to another Shiver race or a refund). In January, another email was sent to all outstanding December runners, notifying them of a deadline of January 31st, after which we will not refund race fees from December.  

Once again, we will be looking towards club members to volunteer. We don’t need as many volunteers prior to race, since there is no race day registration; and we don’t need anyone after the race, as there is no food. However, we do need volunteers to park cars; direct runners at the various intersections; help in the chute; man the water stop in the park; and to furnish water and Gatorade after the race. The water/Gatorade table at the end will have 1 or 2 volunteers, wearing gloves, filling the cups and placing them on the table for the runners to take.  This will prevent dozens of runners, from touching the containers. To help in planning, it is appreciated if you can let us know in advance of your availability by directly contacting 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 the swag pickup area.  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. Swag pickup opens at 8:30, so we ask that those parking cars or helping with swag pickup 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.  Swag pickup will be at the pavilion, near the farmhouse, weather permitting; otherwise, it will be in the farmhouse.  We ask everyone to wear a mask. Gloves will be provided.

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

Stay safe everyone!!!!

Sue, Georgine, and Tiffany