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Chobot Challenge

PRETZEL CITY SPORTS’ TRAIL RUN WITH LONG GRADUAL UPHILLS, LONG GRADUAL DOWNHILLS & ABOUT 35 FEET OF FLAT SURFACE(well actually, a BIT more than that); THE 13TH ANNUAL

"Chobot Challenge"

15k TRAIL RUN

SUNDAY, July 24, 2016  9 AM
RUSTIC PARK, BIRDSBORO, PA

In memory of Michael Chobot; trail runner, award winning sound engineer, a person who celebrated his eccentricity and our dear friend who left us too soon.

Michael Chobot (sounds like “Robot”), with us for a too-short 26 years, was AWESOME yet somewhat of a “weird duck”. How ironic that he got this “tag”, since he was a 2013 Emmy nominee in sound for a wildlife documentary entitled “Duckumentary”. But it was made sense because Michael not only marched to the beat of a “different drum”, he marched to the beat of a whole different polka band, barbershop quartet and dulcimer. He developed a taste for Baked Beans over Egg Noodles when, while a struggling sound tech in NYC, he found both on sale at the same time, letting him buy outrageous quantities at bottom dollar prices. He refused to drink anything but chocolate milk on his 21st Birthday, maybe the ONLY day at Penn State that he DIDN’T have a beer in his hand. He toted a backpack with him everywhere containing oddities like a compass, astronaut food, a 1 lb bag of rice, a space blanket, twine, waterproof matches, a Swiss army knife and other things that only Michael could see the need to have with him at all times. He once carried a queen sized mattress overland for 2 miles on his back instead of using a truck available to him just to see if he could do it. Even till his passing in 2013, Michael wasn’t just a “brother” or “son” or “sound engineer” or “trail runner” or “Penn Stater”, he was a little bit of “everything”. And the Chobot Challenge, on some of the same Berks Co’s trails where Michael learned to run, is a little bit of “everything” too! It has long, gradual climbs that will tax you and long, gradual downhills where you’ll run so fast that it will at least LOOK like you actually trained hard for this. It passes one of the prettiest sites in Eastern PA; a spot known to very few; even those living in this area. It has 6 narrow & shallow creek crossings (one of the few races to still ALLOW creek crossings); GREAT relief from the hot sun. It has a rock or two yet LOTS of trail smoother than a baby’s butt! You’ll run everything from single track to fire lanes, with a pretty creekside start/finish , a covered pavilion, playground, modern bathrooms, shower, etc. on hand too. And naturally, it has all the other race aspects that make Pretzel City the top trail race organizer in the East. Come on out and run the type of trails that brought Michael so much joy and happiness, cause they’re sure to bring YOU joy and happiness as well! LEGAL LINGO: YOU RACE AT YOUR OWN RISK & ARE SOLEY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WELFARE WHILE RACING! When it comes to obstacles, these trails are “cleaner” then Ben Carson’s war chest. But if you get banged up like one girl in 2013, drag your wound to the next aide station so we can get you out via fossil fuel. Worried about getting lost? Your SPOUSE could follow this trail and we both know how “mentally challenged” he/she is! Since trail races can be a little “tuff”, entry is discouraged for 1) runners under 18 (16 & 17 yr. olds OK only if a parent is present, 12-15 yr olds OK only if running with an adult) 2) anyone who can watch “Pitbulls & Parolees” without getting “weepy” and 3) anyone who thinks that NetFlix is a series of movies about butterfly collecting.

Entry: Race starts at 9 A.M.; reg. opens at 8 A.M. $34 if postmarked by Sat, July 9, includes a guaranteed short sleeved “breathable” tech shirt of the size you request. After that, fee is $39 while the shirts last; $32 when they’re gone. FEW “EXTRA” SHIRTS PRINTED over our pre-reg needs so if you want some type to proof that you had the fortitude or stupidity to enter this event, PRE-ENTER even if the price break has passed!! Tech shirts only guaranteed to those entering by 4/27, cotton shirts may be substituted after that point. Post race entries that enter before raceday get first dibs at the remaining shirts. Rain or shine, no refunds or mailed shirts/awards.

Extras: Lots of awards, finisher awards for all, covered registration area, hot & cold post race grub, instant results, results on pretzelcitysports.com in 1-2 days, WELL marked course if no one screws with it, 2 water stops, EMS on site, playground at start/finish for the rug rats, nice creekside start/finish area where the family can picnic while you are out there suffering, decent amount of parking, etc. Please note: the course is not accessible by car so your fans may only see you in midrace if they are willing to hike & do some water crossings too.

Awards: M & F 1st & 2nd in each race plus:
0-29: 4M, 4F 30-39: 4M, 4F 40-49: 4M, 4F 50-59:4M, 4F 60-67: 4M, 2F 68+: 2M, 1F

Directions: From the West: Take Rt. 724 East from Reading until it T's in Birdsboro at the Turkey Hill. Go right and STAY on that road, do NOT turn left at Rita's. Pass any sign that say Road Closed Ahead. Turns into Furnace St & then Haycreek Rd; do not bear right anywhere along the way. Rustic Park is where the road dead-ends.

From the East: Take Rt. 724 West from Pottstown, Go about 8 miles on Rt 724 until it “T’s” in Birdsboro at Rita’s Italian Ice. Go left and STAY on that road, do NOT turn right at Rita's. Pass any sign that say Road Closed Ahead. Turns into Furnace St & then Haycreek Rd; do not bear right anywhere along the way. Rustic Park is where the road dead-ends.

optional on-line reg via credit card available on www.pretzelcitysports.com
(closes at midnight, the Wed before the race-nominal service charge applies)

PLEASE NOTE: ANY AMOUNT PAID TO PRETZEL CITY OVER THE REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE DONATED TO THE MICHAEL CHOBOT MEMORIAL SOUND STUDIO AT PENN STATE-MAIN CAMPUS.
(along with a portion of the proceeds from this race)

Those wanting a proof of donation for tax purposes should include a separate check, instead, for that amount only, made out to The Pennsylvania State University.

INSURED BY THE ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA
Check Payable to & Mailed to (with waiver): Pretzel City Sports, 112 W. 36TH ST., READING, PA 19606
Race Dictator: Ron Horn, rhornpcs@aol.com , 610-779-2668, www.pretzelcitysports.com

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Print as clear as the water you’ll run thru. – Sign entry on back—Chobot App may be copied

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