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Community Involvement


Whether we're volunteering at a local park, coaching and mentoring with community running organizations, or advocating for runner safety, we strive to help make Berks County a better place to run.



Since 2012, the Pacers gave an additional $82,000-plus back to the community through school running programs as well as other organizations that promote the health and well-being of our community. Some of our recipients include:
  • Oley Valley Youth League $20,168
  • Friends of Nolde Forest  $8,200
  • Berks County Special Olympics  $11,317
  • Berks Nature  $10,000
  • Berks County Cross County Coaches Assoc.  $12,308
  • Scholarships  $12,500
  • Jr, High School XC Championships  $7,659
In 2016 nearly $1,200 went to our program that assists needy high school track and XC runners by helping them purchase new running shoes.  

We are designated trail stewards for a section of the Horse Shoe Trail and for a section of the trail around Blue Marsh.  A Pacer member is Chairman of Trail Maintenance of the HST Conservancy.  Click here for more information regarding our trail maintenance program.

We have members active on the Berks County Trail Council.

Pacers have been active in HST reroutes and maintenance, Nolde Forest trail maintenance, Mt Penn trail clean ups, Engelman Park clean up, and painting up at the Pagoda.
 
Each month, the Pacer’s give back to our community by holding a charity training run. We donate goods to local not-for-profit organizations that need our help. Below is a list of some of the charities we donate to. To bring something appropriate for the charity, such as canned goods, pet food, or books, check out their websites and find out more about what services they provide. Join us not just for exercise, but to give back to our community! 
 
Another way you can give back is to bring your old running sneakers to any of our Wednesday night training runs, they will be collected and donated to a local charity!

Berks County Humane Society
Berks Women in Crisis
Animal Rescue League
Berks Food Bank
Berks Literacy Council
Mary's Shelter
Opportunity House

And they appreciate it!

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News

Women2Women present 
An Evening with Katherine Switzer!

The Pagoda Pacers have partnered with Women2Women to bring iconic athlete Katherine Switzer as keynote speaker at their kick off event. 
Katherine is best known for entering and running the Boston Marathon in 1967 when women were not allowed to run marathons. She has continued to change the face of sports since that event 50 years ago. Her life is a fascinating story.

Tuesday 10/10/17 5-8pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading

For more info and to register!

 


General Membership Meeting

This Thursday Sept 14th, our monthly meeting is at Blind Hartman's Tavern (2910 Pricetown Rd, Temple, PA 19560)

Note,  Just come in the right-side doors instead of the left if you park in the rear lot. 

Food will be served @ 6:30 pm
Business Meeting starts @ 7 pm

Click here for map!

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.

7:00 pm  All are welcome


 



 

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Link to RUseeN Reflective Pacer Apparel


 

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.