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UP CO M I NG EV E N T S
Shiver by the River #3
11:00am - 5K and 10K
Jim Dietrich Park, Stoudts Ferry
Bridge Rd, Muhlenberg Twp.
General Membership Meeting
7:00pm, Canal Street Pub
535 Canal Street, Reading
2nd Annual Michael Chobot
Memorial Blood Drive
9:00am - 2:00pm
Exeter Fire Company
46 W. 33rd St, Reiffton
Online Signups Available
Pacers Scholarship Deadline
See Pacer website for details
G R O U P R U N S Start Time: 6:15pm Wednesday
February 4, 2015
Run: Reading-Muhlenberg Career/Tech Ctr
2615 Warren Road, Reading
Eat: Blind Hartmans Tavern
2910 Pricetown Road, Temple ---- February 11, 2015
Run: VF Outlet, McDonalds Parking Lot
8th Ave. & Penn Ave., West Reading
Eat: Chef Alans
6th Ave. & Penn Ave., West Reading --
February 18, 2015
Run: Oley Valley High School
17 Jefferson Street, Oley
Eat: Bella Italia
1604 Memorial Highway/Rt. 73, Oley
February 25, 2015
***Charity Run - Marys Shelter***
Run: Giant Supermarket Parking Lot
2104 Van Reed Road, West Lawn
500 Brownsville Road, Sinking Spring
February 2015 FR O M T H E ED I T O R As I write this, I just finished again checking the
10-day forecast, looking for that prediction of
some serious snowfall that will make me be-
lieve that winter has truly arrived. It isnt there
yet. As much as I love knowing that the days are getting longer, and that spring will be
here before I know it, part of what I love about Pennsylvania is the seasons. Without
some show-stopping snow, I feel that winter hasnt yet held up its end of the deal.
While some runners may hibernate through the winter months, resigned to the treadmill
or at least a more limited outdoor running regimen, there are many of us that still lace up
almost daily and head out the door. As a club, we take pride in our Shiver by the River
series, and urge runners to brave the elements during each of the months of winter for a
brisk romp through snowy neighborhoods. Its great to be able to stay active through
these colder months, and there is a different natural beauty to be experienced running
outdoors in this weather, especially on those days with a fresh snowfall underfoot or
along trails lined with icicle-laced evergreens.
Winter running comes with some added hazards though, and were taking the opportuni-
ty this month to remind our members of some good tips and suggestions for staying safe
and healthy during cold weather activity. We runners tend to have a better sense of what
is happening in our bodies than the average person, but we also have a higher tolerance
for pain and discomfort that could get us into trouble if were not being smart. Ive head-
ed out on single-digit days and 10 minutes into the run realized that my feet were al-
ready wet and numb, my water bottle was frozen over, and my long sleeve shirt wasnt
any match for the wind. Just getting out the door is a bit harder in this weather, so a little
bit of forethought and preparation can go a long way to make it safe and fun!
Beth Auman, editor
S A V E T H E D A T E
3/8/15 - Shiver by the River #4 & Banquet
3/12/15 - General Membership Meeting
Atop a snowy Mt. Penn in February 2014: Sean Williams, Christin Kelley, Heather
Nowicki, Bill Buchanan, Melanie Marinaccio, Karen Rule, Liz Glass, and Joanne VanHorn
G E N E R A L ME E T I N G M I N U T E S By Ben Shultz
Location: Canal Street Pub, January 8, 2015
- Pay for president to attend the RRCA Conference - Passed
- Donate 3k to Oley Valley Youth League - Passed
Items tabled until next meeting
Old Business items closed
- Pagoda Pacer logo copyright issue
Brett Lynch, as the new president, is implementing some
changes to the meeting format. The meeting agenda will
be printed and distributed to meeting attendees. Speakers
for each agenda item will be given a set amount of time.
Motions must be presented in writing to the president prior
to the meeting as per the by-laws. Presentation and voting
on motions will be restricted to the old and new business
sections of the agenda.
Shaun Luther was not present, but a spreadsheet con-
taining the latest financial numbers was available for re-
Race Directors Reports:
Shiver by the River - Sue Jackson reported that the first
Shiver went well. The next race will be January 11th. Volun-
teers for registration should arrive at 9:00am. Volunteers
may pick up a shirt if they did not get one last time. At the
race they will be taking donations for the Humane Society.
Mt Penn Mudfest - Ken Seale reported that the date for
the race has changed to a fixed weekend, and will no long-
er follow Easter. This year it is on April 18th. The new ap-
plication is available.
Charlie Horse Half Marathon - Sean Williams is the new
co-race director assisting Brett Lynch. He reported that the
new application is available.
Run for the Ages 10k - Ted Andrus was not present.
Grings Mill - Neither Jeff Hills nor Caroline Hill were pre-
sent but Jeff submitted a report that the race will be held
Sunday, August 6th. The 10k race will be part of the RRCA
Blues Cruise 50k - Mike Yoder reported that registration is
open on the website. It will ask the registrant for their age
twice during the process due to an issue that arose last
Junior High Cross Country Fall Invitational - Tom Cho-
bot had nothing to report.
Oley Valley Country Classic - Lenny Burton and Barry
Goodhart reported there were approximately 400 finishers.
The profit was approximately $5,000. There were fewer day
-of registrants which lowered profits compared to last year.
This year the 10 mile race will be part of the RRCA Regional
Eastern Championship series.
Kris Kringle 5 Miler - Polly Corvaia was not present. She
will present the results of the race at the next meeting.
Community Service Report:
Phil Lechner reported that last month donations were
sent to the Humane Society, Animal Rescue League, and
The 2nd Annual Michael Chobot Blood Drive will be
held on February 14th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Exe-
ter Fire Company. You can register online and fill out the
pre-screening questionnaire online as well.
Dave Gallen was not present, but he submitted a report
reminding everyone to please renew their membership if
not already done. According to the RRCA report, the Pago-
da Pacers are the 3rd largest running club in Pennsylvania.
Scholarship Committee Report:
Sue Jackson reported that the deadline for both the
Pacer and Cross Country scholarships are due February
28th. She has received one application so far.
The webmasters report is a new item on the agenda. It
will include time for anyone to offer suggestions on im-
provements to the pagodapacers.com site. Brett Lynch
suggested adding a calendar of events.
Walt Fessler reported that the club will be hosting Wal-
lyball at Colonial Hills Fitness on Friday, January 16th from
7 to 10pm. Pizza and drinks will be provided. The cost is
$5 for members.
David Feinauer (Swamp) reported that he will be step-
ping down as organizer of the Christmas party. He is cur-
rently seeking a successor. Please let him know if you are
RA CE RE S U L TS Email Results to Race Results Coordinator Karen Rule
The RRCA section is a new item on the agenda to in-
form the club of the services and resources that the Road
Runners Club of America has to offer. Jeff Hills is the
RRCA Pennsylvania state representative.
Beth Auman reported on the Pagoda Pacer logo copy-
right issue. Based on the information she found, it does
not appear to be worth the cost and effort to pursue any
further. The issue is considered closed.
Kathern Marshall attended the meeting to promote her
race, Beat Beethoven, being held on April 19th. Ron Horn
suggested that the club look into having a stand at the
Ken Seale made a motion on behalf of Jeff Hills for the
club to sponsor the club president to attend the RRCA
national convention in Des Moines, IA on April 22-26th.
The club would cover the registration fee, hotel, transpor-
tation, and meals. The motion was seconded and passed.
Mike Yoder would like to remind everyone that the
club sponsors the section of trail at B