Charlie Horse Half Marathon
Location: Sleepy Hollow Athletic Club
482 Westley Rd, Mohnton PA 19540
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 requires you to get to the finish, rather than making it an option NOT to 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 the finish where there are showers, a pool, 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 a house development at mile 9. Say hi to the neighbors as they 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 that 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.
Overall Male 1st, 2nd, & 3rd; Overall Female 1st, 2nd, & 3rd; Overall Master (40+) 1st Male & 1st Female Under 18(1M, 1F); 18-24(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)
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.