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Group Runs


Wednesday Evening Training Runs

The Pacers have group training runs scheduled every Wednesday night. In the summer the format is usually trails, but road options are also available for those who prefer a smoother surface. The runs are generally one hour in length, and consist of varying levels of ability and pace. Walkers are also welcome and encouraged!  These runs start promptly at 6:15 p.m, unless otherwise noted. Each month, the club donates locally to a charitable organization.

Check out our Community Involvement page for more information about our charity training runs!

LOCATIONS:
 
Nov 18--  Alvernia Univ (the main parking lot off of Greenway Terrance)
 
Nov 25  Wilson Southern
*******Nov 26  Thanksgiving 8:30 am Nolde Forest Run (Sawmill parking lot)

Dec 2:  Exeter High School (by the auditorium at the rear of the building)
Dec 9:  Muhlenberg High School 
Dec 16: Wyomissing High School (by the gym entrance)
Dec 23: LA Fitness (State Hill Rd--Wyomissing) (we park in the area closest to State Hill Rd)
Dec 30: Reading High School---Hampton Park (to the left of RHS) ***although no xmas on the mountain this year---we still may do trail!!!!
 
Jan 6 2021!!!!!  (WE MADE IT!!!)  Run from Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center (Road with some trail options)
Jan 13: Stoudt's Ferry Park (on Tuckerton Rd by the GIANT water tower)
Jan 20: Giant Supermarket parking lot (on Van Reed/State Hill Rd)---park nearest to where the bank is/was
Jan 27: Antietam High School (side lot next to the gym)
 
 
GUIDELINES:
 
As an organization focused on the support of healthy lifestyles, we believe by following the guidelines of the CDC and local authorities there is an opportunity to safely resume the Pagoda Pacer Athletic Club organized runs. We ask first and foremost that you respect the health and safety of your fellow runners and adhere to the following code of conduct as provided by the RRCA.
 
--If you are feeling sick or ill, or have a fever, or have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19 within the past 14 day, please DO NOT participate in a group run.
 
--If you are a member of a high-risk group for COVID-19 complications, please consult your physician before participating in a group run.
 
--Please maintain social distance guidelines before, during, and after the group run. Keep a minimum of 6 feet of separation between yourself and others.
 
--Please do not engage in physical contact (hand shakes, high fives, hugs, etc.) before, during, or after the group run. 
 
--Please do not take group selfies or pictures that encourage people to stand close to one another.
 
--Please do not spit or discharge mucus from your nose around others. Consider bringing tissues or a small towel or a handkerchief if you will need to get rid of mucus or spit during your run. Move away from others when doing so.
 
--Please do not share personal items such as water bottles, gels, towels, etc.
 
--Please bring a facemask to wear if/when social distancing is not possible or if you need to enter a building to use a restroom or for any other reason.
 
--Please bring enough water to meet your own hydration needs.
 
--If, within 14 days of attending a group run, you should test positive for COVID-19, please notify the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club as soon as possible by email (president@pagodapacers.com). Do not participate in any group gathering until you have recovered from COVID-19 and have received approval from your doctor. Club leaders will maintain your confidentiality, but all other runners who may have been in proximity to you will not be allowed to participate in another group run for at least 14 days. 
 
--Please familiarize yourself with the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html) before participating in any group runs.
 
 
SIGNING IN
 
All runners will be required to sign in before each group run. This is necessary both to meet the requirements of the club's insurance through the RRCA and to facilitate contact tracing, should the need arise. By signing in, you will also be signing the waiver below. Please bring your own pen.
 
Waiver
By signing below, I agree that I know that running in organized group runs associated with the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club is a potentially hazardous activity, which could cause injury or death. I will not participate in any club group run unless I am medically able, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform all activities associated with this club run and am in good health. I agree to abide by all rules established by the club, including the specific COVID-related guidelines for Wednesday Night Runs. I attest that I have read these guidelines and agree to abide by them. I assume all risks associated with participating in all club activities, which may include but are not limited to: falls, physical contact with other participants/members including the potential contraction of a communicable disease resulting from contact with other participants/members. I assume all risks including: the effects of the weather; high heat and/or humidity; freezing cold temperatures; traffic and the conditions of the road including surrounding terrain. I further agree to abide by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for the prevention of the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other communicable diseases, and I attest to having read the CDC’s guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html. I assume all such risks being known, appreciated, and accepted by me. 
Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club and the Road Runners Club of America, all club sponsors (including Shillington Eye Associates), their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in the club’s activities, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or organizations named in this waiver. In addition, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and/or other communicable diseases by participating in any activities associated with the club. I acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in connection with my participation in any club activities, and personally assume this risk.
I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of the club for any legitimate purposes.
 

 
***the charity run benefiting Berks Women in Crisis will take anything that will help women and children. Clothes, toiletries, food/snacks, diapers, toys, cleaning supplies.  Anything!!!  Please give what you can--it DOES NOT have to be a new item--anything helps!!!
 
 
PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to be a member of the club to join us for a Wednesday night run. Come on out and meet us, run with us, and check out all that we have to offer. If you would like more information about the Wednesday Night Run, or if you need directions, email Phil Lechner.

Social

Annual Pacer Wine and Cheese Party
 
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
 
Reading Pagoda on Mt. Penn

 

General Membership Meeting

November 12, 2020 at 7 pm – 9 pm
 
Zoom Meeting held via Zoom to conduct club business, open to all members. Invitation will be sent via e-mail.

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


Click here for the digi-nLetter

 


Community Involvement/Volunteering 

Click here to see what we have done to promote running and fitness in Berks County!
 
Click here for info about the club's trail maintenance program.

 


 Strava

Click on the icon above and join the Pagoda Pacers Strava groups to share courses.


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.