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Many of the things we grew up with are disappearing without fanfare, right before our eyes. The Playboy empire helped many a young boy get a kickstart on more formalized Sex Ed classes. Yet, it has lost all of its bunny clubs and the magazine, like most print media, is just holding on by the skin of its cotton tail. Orthodontist recommendations have pretty much sent Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy the way of the Stegosaurus and overly sensitive sectors of our society have eliminated those X-ray glasses they used to advertise on the back of comic books that allowed you to see right thru someone’s clothing. And only us oldsters remember glass coke bottles, cigarette advertisements and a time when Massengale, KY Jelly and Trojans were products that were only discussed in very hushed voices and sure as heck NEVER mentioned on TV! However, some things ALWAYS will be with us. For example, the trails on Mt Penn are as pretty today as they were 50 years ago. And they still go up at outrageous trajectories and come down at an angle that you think would require a handrail or a safety net. Its rocks have been around since the Stone Age and its roots that trip you repeatedly originate from trees that have been there since the early 1900’s. And, also as always, Pretzel City Sports is looking to hold events that are as outrageous as possible without involving the undead, bags of colored corn starch, fire pits or mud in your shorts (well. Actually, mud in your shorts is A-OK with US!). So, that is why we bring you the Chilly Cheeks Trail Run; back for its 8th year and back on its original weekend. The Chilly Cheeks is a true test of your mid-winter fitness. It has more "uphills" than those that appear on Celebrity Rehab will face in life and more "downhills" than Miley Cyrus’ chances of participating in any future Disney projects. It is NOT Pretzel City Sports' hardest race, but on a per mile basis, it is darn close. Yet, it is a very doable for people that show up at buffets so often that they have a seat named after them at Bob’s Big Boy. And once you scale the last climb, Mt. WhaDaFug II, you can forget about every single step you just took, while pounding down cold brews at the Reading Liederkranz German Sports & Singing Club, eating your free hot breakfast, listening to a band of AARP members and jawboning with your fellow competitors about how you will never, ever do this race again. Until next year! LEGAL SCHMEEGAL: You race at your own risk; you alone are responsible for your welfare at all times!! This race has occasionally been held on ice and snow, so any suggestion that we should look for you if you get lost will receive a “chilly” reception; drag your OWN frozen torso back to a location accessible via fossil fuel. If you get lost (you WON’T), please find the Liederkranz before your scrambled eggs and pancakes get even colder than you are. Since the race is quite a challenge, we only let those enter that are 18 or over (16 & 17 yr. olds can too but ONLY if they have a parent at the race). We also turn away people who think that any “Real” housewife is remotely "real" in any way & people that need a Sherpa and an oxygen tank to ascend a speed bump.

REGISTRATION/ENTRY: Reading Liederkranz German Singing & Sports Club, 140 Spook Lane (off of Hill Rd), Reading, PA (same place as most Pretzel City events). Reg. opens at 9:45 a.m., we race at 11 (approx.). Fee is $34 w/ long sleeve shirt if postmarked by Wed, Jan 8th. Afterwards, $39 while shirts last (inc. day of race), $30 when gone. NOTE: LONG SLEEVE TECH SHIRT ONLY GUARANTEED FOR ALL THOSE REGISTERING BY THE PRICE BREAK; THOSE REGISTERING AFTER THAT DATE MAY RECEIVE A LONG SLEEVE COTTON SHIRT INSTEAD OR NO SHIRT AT ALL. If you fail to pre-enter, you’ll regret that you have no other reminder of this race than major shrinkage, frostbite on your freckles, sore quads from the uphills, shin splints from the downhills, and other nightmare- inducing flashbacks. Even if you register in the post-reg period but before raceday, you’re almost surely guaranteed a shirt of your preferred size and type. (optional on-line reg on will close at Midnight of the Wed before the race) We race in rain, snow or bitter cold; in fact, damn near anything! Call 610-779-2668 after 6 AM the day of the race ONLY if roads are pretty much impassable that day (not just a little “sub-par”). An email will be sent to all entries too, the minute we decide to postpone but if we only have your work email, you're screwed. If postponed, it will be the following Sunday; same time, same place, better weather. No refunds, no mailed shirts or awards; no pets allowed on site, no outside alcohol allowed on site, no whiners, no wheelchairs (at least on the course) & no people that think that snow on the ground is any reason to cancel a race. ‘Cause we won’t!. Also, bring extra shoes for going inside! ATM on site; works most of the time.


Online registration not required
but always encouraged!

(small service fee applies, closes at midnight on Wed the week of the race)

YOU GET: Long sleeve Tech shirt with a memorable design, hot breakfast, indoor registration & toilets, free snacks at the finish line, suds/chilled Jaegermeister/strange Germanic meats available for purchase thru the club, WELL marked course, 2 water stops, live music, finish place posted immediately & results on in 1-2 days, unique aide station fare & other surprises not yet finalized. Breakfast tickets can be bought at reg for your peeps!

AWARDS: M & F 1st & 2nd and Top M & F Masters (40 & over) plus:
18-29: 5M, 5F 30-39: 5M, 5F 40-49: 5M, 5F 50-59: 5M, 4F 60-69: 5M, 3F 70+ : 2M, 1F

DIRECTIONS FROM : PHILLY: IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS FROM PHILLY! Instead, take Rt. 422 West from King of Prussia. Just before Reading, at the new TARGET/LOWES/GIANT on your right, bear right onto Bus. Rt. 422, marked “Mt. Penn”; DON’T follow sign to Reading ** Go 3 miles until road splits at Wachovia Bank. 300 yds later, JUST PAST Arners Restaurant, take right onto Glen Rd (sign missing, look for "Stokesay Castle" sign visible at last moment). At end of Glen, turn right and then take your next right just 50 yards ahead. Or follow the signs to Stokesay, the Liederkrantz driveway is right next to it.

YORK/LANCASTER: Rt. 222 N to Reading. Follow it to Rt. 422 East bypass around Reading . Exit at Mt Penn. Take a left, go 3 lights to Bus. Rt. 422. Take a left, follow the Philly directions above after the astrik **.

ALLENTOWN: Take Rt. 222 S, merge onto Rt. 422 East (Reading/Pottstown). Go around Reading and exit at Mt Penn. Go left, go 3 lights to Bus. 422W. Take left, follow Philly directions after asterisks **.

LEBANON: Take Rt. 422 East. Just past Berkshire mall, bear right onto Rt. 422E. Continue on bypass past Reading to Mt Penn exit. Take left, go 3 lights to Bus.422W. Go left, follow Philly directions above after asterisks **.

COAL REGION: Take Rt 61 South onto Rt 222 Bypass, follow same directions above listed in “Allentown”

BALTIMORE: Rt 83 North to Rt 30 East at York to Rt 222N at Lancaster. Follow Lancaster directions above.

GPS/TomTom INPUT: 143 Spook Lane, Reading, PA 19606 or “Spook Lane & Hill Rd” or “Hill Rd & Glen Rd”

Check Payable to & mailed (with waiver) to: Pretzel City Sports, 112 W. 36th St., Reading, PA 19606.

Head Cheek: Ron Horn,, or 610-779-2668 (but not during Survivor, CSI-Vegas, Modern Family, Biggest Loser, Amazing Race, Tosh.0 or any Eagles game (inc. post-game commentary))

Print clearly so we know what to put on the tombstone***May be duplicated***Sign waiver

First name _______________________Last name ____________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________

City __________________________ State _____ Zip_______ Sex: M  F 

Race day age:          Date of birth       /       /               (must be 18 or more)

Long Sleeve Tech Shirt Size: XS  S  M  L  XL  2X   (circle one)

Phone: ( __ ) ________________ A.M. or P.M. (circle one or both)

Email:_______________@_________________________ Already Get Run UpdateEmails? ____ Yes ____ No
if used on regular basis--include a readable address

WAIVER: I know that running a trail race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I also know that there will be traffic, hazards, debris and poor footing on the course and assume the risk for running on it. I also assume any or all other risks associated with running or attending the race including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the affects of the weather, getting lost, wildlife & insect attacks and all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Knowing these facts, and in consideration of your accepting my entry fee, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and waive, release and discharge Pretzel City Sports, all municipalities in which the event is held, the race director, course officials, all other organizations directly or indirectly associated with the race, any and all sponsors including their agents, employees, assigns or anyone acting for on their behalf, or anyone else associated in any way with the race, from any or all claims or liability for death, personal injury or property damage of any kind of nature what so ever arising out of, or in the course of, my participation in this event(s). This waiver extends to all claims of every kind or nature what so ever, foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown. By entering this race, I am granting permission to Pretzel City Sports to use any pictures or likenesses of me secured at the event in any way they see fit without review, restriction or compensation. BY SIGNING THIS, I ATTEST THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS WAIVER :

Signature _____________________________________________________ date ____ / ____ /20____

Insurance Provided by Road Runner Clubs of America (R.R.C.A.)