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Chobot Challenge

PRETZEL CITY SPORTS PRESENTS A TRAIL RUN WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING; THE 11TH ANNUAL

"Chobot Challenge"

8M (more or less) TRAIL RUN

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014 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. Point scoring race in Trail Runner Magazine's National rankings and in the USA T & F Mid Atlantic Off-Road Series

Michael Chobot, for the 26 years that he was here, was often considered to be somewhat of a “weird duck”. How ironic that he got this “tag”, since he was nominated for a 2013 Emmy in sound for a wildlife documentary entitled “Duckumentary”. But this “tag” was appropriate because Michael not only marched to the “beat of a different drum”, he marched to the beat of a whole different orchestra, polka band, mixed chorus and kazoo. He developed a taste for Baked Beans over Egg Noodles when he was a struggling sound tech in NYC since he found both on sale at the same time and he could 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 up until the day we lost him 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 County trails where Michael learned to run, is a little bit of “everything” too! It has long climbs that end in scenic overlooks, & long downhills where you’ll be grabbing for tree trunks to slow you down. It passes one of the prettiest sites in Eastern PA; a site known to very few of those that even live in this area. It has 4 creek crossings; SURE to bring you relief from the hot July sun. It has some rocky sections and some trails smoother than a baby’s butt! It has everything from single track to fire lanes, with a beautiful creekside start and finish with a covered pavilion, playground, modern bathrooms, shower, etc. on hand too. And naturally, it has all the other race aspects that make Pretzel City Sports the top trail running organization 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! These trails are cleaner than Mr. Rodger’s rap sheet but if you get banged up like one girl in 2013, drag your wound to the next aide station so we can figure out where to skin you. Worried about getting lost? Stevie Wonder could follow this trail! Since trail races can be a little challenging, 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 a parent) 2) people who still use a VCR for ANYTHING or 3) anyone who thinks they look really “cool” because they now use a high tech “electronic cigarette”.

Entry: Race starts at 9 A.M.; reg. opens at 7:45. $34 if postmarked by Monday, June 30 includes a guaranteed short sleeved tech shirt of the size you request. After June 30, fee is $39 while the shirts last; $30 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 July 7th has passed!! Tech shirts only guaranteed to those entering by July 7th, 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 1-2 water crossings too. Final course length to be measured and publicized before raceday.

Awards:
M & F 1st & 2nd in each race plus:
18-29: 4M, 4F     30-39: 4M, 4F    40-49: 4M, 4F     50-59:4M, 4F     60-69: 4M, 2F 70+: 1M, 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)

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO ONLINE REGISTRATION

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.

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 Czar: Ron Horn, rhornpcs@aol.com , 610-779-2668, www.pretzelcitysports.com

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Print like you didn’t graduate 151st in a class of 150. -- Sign entry on back-- App may be copied

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