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Charlie Horse Half Marathon

Charlie Horse Half Marathon and Dirty Pony 5K has been CANCELLED!

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus, we have sadly come to the decision to cancel both the Charlie Horse Trail Half Marathon and the Dirty Pony 5K.
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.

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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 drops down onto Buck Hollow Rd. This is the start of the road section. But like everything else with this race, it has its own character. You are at the bottom of Buck Hollow which means that you must climb out of Buck Hollow. Whoever heard of false summits on a road. You have been warned. 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 you finish at Sleepy Hollow Athletic Club where the pool, food, music, drinks, and friends will be waiting. Hope to see you there.
Restriction: There is a CUT-OFF at Aid Station #3 (9 miles) of 3 hours. After which, the sweepers and aid station crew will have the final determination of who continues. We ask that runners under 16 years old contact the race director for approval prior to registering

Half Marathon Transportation
BUS INFO: Buses will transport runners to the start at Rustic Park in Birdsboro, PA. They will depart immediately after
registration closes (8:15 a.m.). Busing to the start is highly encouraged. You may choose to drive there on your own, but
Half Marathon Swag
The entry fee includes a T-SHIRT (Male and Female sizes), FINISHER AWARDS, HOT/COLD PICNIC following the race, and 2 beverage tickets per runner. 
Dirty Pony 5K Description
New for this year, we have added a 5K trail race option. We named it the Dirty Pony just because it's a smaller, dirtier version of the Charlie Horse. This race starts and ends at the Sleepy Hollow Athletic Club. The well marked course allows you to experience the best and most challenging parts of the half marathon course. This is not a walk in the park. You will get dirty. This race is a perfect way for you to kill some time while your friends, spouse, son, daughter, or significant other challenge themselves with the Half Marathon. Grab your own bragging rights.
There is day of registration available, which opens at 7:15 AM. Race starts at 9:30 AM
5K Swag
5K Swag
FINISHER AWARDS, HOT/COLD PICNIC following the race, and 2 beverage tickets per runner.

Showers are available to the runner (no hot water), but there won’t be a wait for the creek. Sleepy Hollow also has a pool and a playground for all rug rats that come to cheer on mom & dad. Beer and spirits are available for purchase from Sleepy Hollow A.C. (21+). NO alcohol may be brought onto the premises.
Race Awards
5 Year Age Groups:
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) 

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.


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General Membership Meeting

Our Thursday April 9th, monthly meeting has been CANCELLED!
6:30 come for food (the club will provide food, all drinks will be at member expense.)  Meeting will start at @ 7:00.

Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of each month @7:00 pm.  All are welcome

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Community Involvement/Volunteering 

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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.