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Shiver by the River 5k and 10k Winter Race Series

Race Directors: Sue Jackson
Katie Exas, Beth Witkowski
2014-2015 Application
2015-2016 Online Registration
Please Note: Online registration is for the entire series. If you are not planning to run every race in the series, please sign up on the day of the race
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2015-2016 Race Dates:
  • December 13, 2015
  • January 10, 2016
  • February 14, 2016
  • March 13, 2016
This race series is held each December, January, February, and March at Jim Dietrich  park, in Muhlenberg Twp, near the intersection of Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Rd and Tuckerton Rd.
The Pagoda Pacer’s Athletic Club presents a low key, no frills winter race series that still draws approx. 400 runners per month because of its friendliness, great price, devotion to running in almost any type of weather and dedication to the premise that every post-race spread should include M&Ms.
Not to mention the other goodies like, indoor registration, mile markers, time splits at most miles, a wheel measured course, instant results and a wonderful post race buffet of such things as hot soup and bagels. Race series shirts for sale day of race (while they last).  See what conditions “other nuts like you” will show up to race “in”.
Both 5k and 10k races start at same time and place; 10k runners do the loop twice.  ROAD OPEN TO TRAFFIC DURING RACE; we control traffic as best we can but can’t “close” the road.  Most of race faces traffic but pay attention while running.

Awards go to the male and female winners and 1st & 2nd runner-ups of each 5k and 10k. However, awards are given for the overall series, based on a cross-country type of scoring (the person finishing 15th will be earn 15 points). Lowest scores in each age group will receive the awards.
MUST COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 3 RACES. (best 3 finishes count). Vary the distances you run from race to race or do all the races at the same distance. Running when the weather is so bad that all others stay home increases your chance of a good finish position!!
15 & under: 4M,3F    16-19: 4M,3F    20-24: 3M,3F    25-29: 3M,3F    30-34:4M,3F    35-39: 4M,3F    40-44:5M,3F   45-49 5M, 3F    50-54: 3M,3F    55-59:  3M,3F    60-69: 3F    60-64: 3M    65-69: 3M   70+: 1M, 1F   Clydesdale: 3F,4M
Note:  number of age group winners may change based on entrants.
Clydesdale … 2.2 lbs/vertical inch for women and 2.65 lbs/vertical inch for men. That means a 5’2″ girl would be a Clydesdale at 136 lbs. and a 6′ male would be a Clydesdale at 191 lbs. You must enter as a Clydesdale at registration; otherwise your award category will be based on your age & sex.

$45 for series if postmarked by Nov. 18, 2015; afterwards, $60 for series —$25 per race on race day.  $20 on race day, no shirt.
No pre-registration for individual races. No refunds. No mailing of awards.
If, and only if, the weather is mega-foul and predicted to get worse, the status of the race may be checked on our website and our Facebook page.

Link to Map
Address: 4899 Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Rd. Reading PA 19605
Runners from the north and northeast, follow RT 222S to Rt 61S to Tuckerton Rd(about _ m). Turn Right onto Tuckerton Rd.
Runners from the south, follow RT 222N to RT 12E to RT 61N, continue approximately 2.5m to Tuckerton Rd. Turn Left onto Tuckerton Rd.
Runners from the west, using the turnpike, exit at either 222N Reading, follow RT 222N to 12E to Rt 61N, continue approximately 2.5M to Tuckertown RD, turning Left onto Tukerton. Or exit at 176 Morgantown, follow RT 176N to 422W to 12E to RT 61N to Tuckerton Rd, turn Left.
Runners from Phila, follow RT 422W to 12E to RT 61N, continue approximately 2.5M to Tuckerton Rd, turn Left. Once on Tuckerton Rd, continue about 1.1M to Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Rd. Turn Right. Park is a short distance on the Left.
Directions from the old start at Laurel Run Park – leave the park, turn right onto River Rd. At first stop sign, turn right onto Leisczs Bridge Rd. go about 0.2m and turn left onto Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd, follow for about 1.8M to new park.


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Volunteers needed for two youth CROSS COUNTRY races this month. 
The BERKS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP RUN at Kutztown University is on Tuesday October 20th from 3 to 6 PM. The Pagoda Pacers are a sponsor for the first time and has the opportunity to become involved to the extent that we wish. The event takes about 35 volunteers and the club has first dibs at providing them.
The FALL RUN-OFF JUNIOR HIGH CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL at the Reading Fairgrounds is on Saturday October 24 from 6 to 11 AM. Jobs include parking, manning tables, start and finish line management, course marshaling, and clean up.
If interested or for more info, contact Tom Chobot  by phone, Facebook, or at


Club Events

Monthly Business Meetings 
This month's meeting

Thursday 11/12/15 @ 7pm
Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.
7:00 pm  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.