’21-22 Shiver Wrap-Up

The 32nd Shiver by the River is complete. We had 448 individual runners, with 161 runners completing the series. Results of each race, plus the series results, can be found on pagodapacers.com. Awards which were not picked up at the banquet are at Fleet Feet (formerly A Running Start), 705 Penn Ave, West Reading. These numbers are lower than normal, but who knows what normal is any more. After a season (2020-2021) with 4 individual races, we were happy to return to a series, including the awards banquet.  And we thank every runner and volunteer who joined us!

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; everyone was so willing to do whatever was needed to make this series another success! I don’t want to mention specific names for fear of forgetting someone, but volunteers, you know who you are, and runners, you know who they are – you see so many of the same volunteers parking cars, at the water stop, at the same registration table, at the same intersection, or inside the farmhouse supplying soup and pretzels.  And this year we saw some new volunteers!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!  

Thank you to Andrea Thrush who created and hid small rocks along the course, each with a Shiver by the River design.

The awards ceremony was again held at the Temple Fire Company, in Muhlenberg Township. THANK YOU to the following for the donation of door prizes:  

Rose Hagy – a stationary bike stand; hanger for race medals; head lamp; compression socks; air purifying bag for gym bags; bike lock; reflective vest; running belt to carry gels

Joanne Patti – handmade afghan

Ron Horn & Pretzel City Sports – 2 hats; 2 mugs each with a gift certificate

Donna Hey – free entry to Run for the Ages race (check it out on the Pagoda Pacers website)

Michael Oetting – $25 Amazon gift card

Fleet Feet – (120) $10 Gift Certificates

Kris Jacoby – a book of Running Trivia

Tiffany Pantoja – handmade shawl; 2 pair of handmade earrings; 3 handmade bracelets; handmade bracelet w/ matching earrings

Georgine McCool – 4 bags of miscellaneous items

Road-ID – Gift Certificates

THANK YOU to our sponsors:  

Dieffenbach’s

Home Light – a real estate broker / referral company

Please contact Sue Jackson at shiverdirector@pagodapacers.com if any door prize donors were missed.

If anyone has any comments, concerns, or questions concerning the series, please feel to contact one of the race directors. We do value your input, and we do read the surveys, making modifications when possible.   Below are some of the survey comments, along with our responses.

Survey:  Separate awards for the 5K/10K, or a separate course for the 10K instead of 2 loops.  

Response: What makes this race unique is that runners can decide, mid-race, whether they are doing a 5K or 10K; hence runners can do the same distance each month or mix it up. Allowing that flexibility means the 10K must be 2 loops of the 5K. It also means awards have to be combined.

Survey: More usable awards, such as glasses, mugs, hats or a snow-related ornament.

Response:  We have done mugs in the past. Maybe it’s time to do something other than the trophies.

Survey:  Bring back the shirt with the hood. Tech shirts instead of cotton. Offer running shorts instead of shirts.

Response:  We have offered tech shirts and of course the shirt with the hood. The Shiver by the River has existed for over 30 years, so we try to mix up the type of shirt. The last 3 years was a similar shirt – since we got a lot of good feedback. Look for something different next year.  

Survey: Don’t want to run the same course each month; either switch it up, or maybe run one course 2 months and another course for another 2 months. Go back to the course on Tuckerton. Run along the river.  

Response: When the Shiver by the River was created 30+ years ago, it was held at Laurel Run Park and did run along the river on River Rd. However, we outgrew that location. We were then offered Jim Dietrich Park. We initially had a course that exited the park, turned right, running on Tuckerton Rd, Whitner Rd. etc. The township became concerned about the traffic on the bridge to the right of the park, and the 4-way stop sign was a treacherous intersection. For a few years, we hired fire police to help with the traffic on the bridge and at the stop sign. But after a few years, for the safety of the runners, we had to change the course. Hence, the course we use today was created. Therefore, our options are somewhat limited.

Once again, thanks for all of the Pacer support, both runners and volunteers!!!!!!!!!   We hope to see all of you next year.
Sue, Georgine & Tiffany

Final Shiver of ’21-’22 Series — and Awards Banquet!

Thank you to the 139 5k runners, 71 10k runners, and the many volunteers who helped us have another successful Shiver by the River on February 13th.   Because of all the changes and uncertainty of COVID, numbers have been down this year, so we say a SPECIAL “Thank You” to runners and volunteers who have supported us!!!!!!

Shiver#4 will be held March 13th.   Take note – this is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time!!!  

As always, we need more volunteers for this race. Specifically, we need 3 or 4 people willing to take results off of the board, so that the race directors can calculate results as soon as possible. We also need the usual help parking, registration, on the road, at the finish line, clean up, water stop, and within the house serving soup. Anyone helping with registration should arrive at Jim Dietrich Park between 8:15 & 8:30; anyone helping during the race, should arrive by 9:30; either way, look for one of the race directors and we can find something for you to do. However, for as much as we need volunteers, we would really like to see more PACERS run the race!!!! 

The awards ceremony will be held immediately after the 4th race at the Temple Fire Company, 4963 Kutztown Rd, which is about 3 miles from Jim Dietrich Park. This is the same location as the last couple of years. We are looking for more door prizes. If anyone can donate personally, or secure a door prize, please bring it to the 4th race or the March Pacer meeting. Donations can be given directly to any of the race directors or dropped off at the front table where we are selling old shirts, etc. To be eligible to win a door prize, simply complete the survey at the awards banquet. A cold buffet, including a hot vegetarian item, will be served starting around 11:15, followed by door prizes and then the awards. Due to the costs associated with the party, we will follow the guidelines we established a few years ago.   

The party is FREE to everyone who has either:

  1. Finished 3 or more races in this year’s series – please bring your race number from the 4th race to the party, it will be your ticket for free entry.  We will place an additional label on the back of your number which will indicate your eligibility.  
  2. Assisted with any of the races.
  3. Paid for the series.  

We will be charging all others (including Pacers who do not fall into one of the above categories) a $10.00 fee to help cover some of our costs.

Remember, to help us maintain accurate results, DO NOT COMPLETE ANOTHER REGISTRATION FORM if you already ran this year.   If you paid for the series, registration is in the front room of the house. If you are paying race by race, we have a number for you at the ‘single race registration’ table in the 2nd room. If you have not previously registered for the 2021-2022 series, registration is at a different table, also in the 2nd room.  

Thanks for all the support we have received! We hope to see many of you at the Shiver, either running or volunteering!!!!!

Sue, Georgine & Tiffany

Let’s Shiver Two More Times

Thank you to the 115 5K runners, 54 10K runners, and the many volunteers who braved the cold on Jan 16th!  It was sunny and there was no wind, but with single digits, it was still COLD!!!   We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we postponed the race from Jan 9th, due to the forecasted ice storm.  Once again, the Pacers came through to help!!!  We had several volunteers who were unavailable on the rescheduled date, but we had several Pacers jump in to help!  Thank you!!!!

Shiver #3 will be held on Feb 13th.  Come and join us!  Registration opens at 8:30; both races start at 10:00.  If you don’t want to run, we can use your help!!  We would like someone to volunteer to bring the Pacer trailer to the race, if at all possible.

Looking ahead, our 4th race in the series, will be held on March 13th.   The awards banquet will be at the Temple Fire Company 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 or the February or March Pacer meetings.   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, by whom, and an email address 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; or if you don’t want to come into the farmhouse, contact one of us and we can give you an intersection so you can just go directly there.    

Please help us by patronizing our sponsors: Dieffenbach’s Chips and Home Light Home Sales

Sue, Georgine & Tiffany

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