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Charlie Horse Half Marathon



Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Memorial Day weekend) @ 9:00 am

Click for the 2014 race application (pdf)

Click for on-line race application
 
Charlie Horse Half Marathon 2013 Results
 
Location: Sleepy Hollow Athletic Club
482 Westley Rd, Mohnton PA 19540
Course Map, Click Here
 
Prior Year Race Photos Click Here
 
Race Day Information:  Please note that Registration and Parking is located at the FINISH.
 
Aid Stations (Click on each for more information):
Join us Memorial Day Weekend for the Charlie Horse Trail Half-Marathon to benefit Berks Co. Special Olympics.  This is a point to point race which will require you to get to the finish, rather than making it an option to NOT finish.  It is well aided with 4 strategically placed aide stations at miles 3, 7, 9, and 11.  After the race you are welcome to stick around at finish where there are a pool, showers, a creek and a hot/cold picnic for all entries.  There is day of registration available, which opens at 7:15 AM.  Buses begin leaving for the start at 8:15 am.
 
The Charlie Horse is not your typical race.  It is part trail, part road, and part adventure.  It has everything a masochist runners needs.  We start at Rustic Park in Birdboro, PA with a sprint through a river.  We meander through the park with an attention deficit disorder (can’t decide up or down) for about 2 miles. From there we climb up to the horseshoe trail to start a beautiful 7 mile stretch through trails and farms.  The trail then pops out in house development at mile 9.  Say hi to the neighbors as the cheer you on and spray you down.  This is the start of the road section.  But like everything else with this race, it has its own character.  After climbing up to the development, you get a break, a downhill section. Wee.  But everything the goes down must come up.  I think that’s the way it goes, at least for runners.  To translate, we start the uphill section of the road.  When you get to the top at mile 11 you’re at Charlie’s (home of the race founder) where the adventure begins.  It’s a mystery to us too: lagoons; waterfall; campers; hiker; teenagers, maybe some chores.  The only certainty is rocks, mud, and fun.  Finally finishing at sleepy hollow where the pool, food, music, drinks, and friends will be waiting.  Hope to see you there.
 
AWARDS:  Overall Male 1st, 2nd, & 3rd;  Overall Female 1st, 2nd, & 3rd; Overall Master (40+) 1st Male & 1st Female  Under 20(1M, 1F); 20-24(3M, 3F); 25-29(3M, 3F); 30-34(3M, 3F); 35-39 (3M, 3F); 40-44 (3M, 3F); 45-49(3M, 3F); 50-54 (3M, 3F); 55-59 (3M, 3F); 60-64 (3M, 3F); 65-69 (1M, 1F); 70+(1M, 1F)
 
DIRECTIONS:  Link to map.
FROM NORTH (READING, ALLENTOWN): Take Route 422 towards Reading. About 2 miles east of Reading, take I-176 South and travel 2.9 miles to exit 7 (Green Hills).  At the light, turn left onto Rt.10 south.  Travel 3.1 miles to Westley Road on the right.  Look for the Sleepy Hollow sign along route 10, or the Charlie Horse race sign at the intersection to turn.  Go 1.2 miles on Westley Rd. and look for Sleepy Hollow on the left.
 
FROM SOUTHEAST (PHILLY): Take the turnpike West (I-76) to the Morgantown exit (exit 298).  After toll, exit immediately (exit 1A) and head towards Beckersville (Rt. 10 N).  Follow Rt.10 about 6 miles. After passing Plowville Church on your right, you’ll go down a long hill. Westley Rd. will be on the left at the bottom of the hill.  Look for the Sleepy Hollow sign along Rt. 10, or the Charlie Horse race sign at the intersection to turn.  Take a hard left, go 1.2 miles and look for Sleepy Hollow on your left.
 
FROM LANCASTER RT. 222: Take US-222 North and exit at the Adamstown and Knauers interchange (Rt. 568).  Turn right at the stop sign and travel east on Rt. 568 (Alleghenyville Rd) towards Knauers and Green Hills for about 7.5 miles to Rt. 10.  (NOTE; at 3.0 miles, Rt. 568 bears left at the Y onto Kurtz Mill Rd.)  At the Rt. 10 stop sign, turn right, go south on Rt. 10 for about 1.3 miles, turn right on Westley Road. Once on Westley Road, follow about 1.2 miles to Sleepy Hollow on the left.

Announcements 


Blues Cruise
The weekend, Oct. 4th and 5th is our Blues Cruise weekend.  We need 10 people on Saturday, those who know the trail well, who can help mark different sections of the course.
 
Sunday we will need volunteers at the aid stations, pre and post registraion. starting at 6:30 am, finish line, and someone to hand out finisher awards, individual awards.  Please contact either Mike Yoder , 610 406 3798, or Stephan Weiss if you can help.

Membership
New membership drive begins Oct. 1, please renew in a timely fashion.  You can renew online or there will be an application to mail in inside the newsletter.

Fall Clean Ups
Thank you to those of you who helped to clean up at Nolde on the 7th and the 20th and those who helped at Blue Marsh on the 27th
 

Club Events


Monthly Business Meetings Thursday, October 9th, 7:00 pm - JR’s Pizza, Flying Hills All are welcome


Our Mission

The Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club promotes physical fitness and public wellness. We conduct athletic activities in our community, organize competitions, social gatherings, and educate the public on physical fitness and wellness. We promote participation in the sports of running, cycling, duathlons, & triathlons. We also encourage members to be more than just athletes by conducting a variety of social and civic activities in the Reading, Pennsylvania area.