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Dark & Dirty


Nighttime Trail Run

6.66 Miles-One Hell of a Distance

Sat. Evening, May 31, 2014 - 8:30 PM (approx) - Reading, PA

"We Provide the Organization - You Provide the Illumination"

In recent years, the U. S has intentionally kept us citizens “in the dark”! The NSA never told us that they’re tracking the web sites where we go to buy rubber goods and battery operated neck massagers. The CIA never told us what “weapons of mass destruction” were in Iraq; we can only speculate that it was 100,000+ Taliban fighting in 120 degree heat (but not in shorts or tube tops) for a country that has only 3 working showers within its borders. The IRS never told us that joining a conservative group would bring our tax deduction for 93 boxes of Girl Scout cookies under increased scrutiny. Yes, all of these people operating under the “sunshine laws” kept us, instead, in a state of darkness worse than panther tracking in a coal mine. The Dark & Dirty makes no such pretense; the last thing we’re here is to make you more “enlightened” . We won’t let you take a single step until it is darker than Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. And we’re not lighting up the woods for you either; we’ll put glow lights & reflective tape every 50-75 yards but it’s your responsibility between these points to avoid stepping into a groundhog hole, sasquatch trap or the gaping, open wound of a fellow runner. We start after the last glimmer of sunlight disappears behind the trees. Then, 300-400 headlamps, flashlights, lighters, cell phones, tablets and sunny dispositions light up the woods so you can begin a journey across rocks, roots, logs & couples on blankets sure to end up on the new season of “Cheaters”. The trails used for the race range from single track to triple track, and are some of the cleanest & least technical trails on Mt Penn. Sound dangerous? Hardly! Due to many people running this event more prudently because of the dark, we have less falls and scrapes in our nighttime runs than in our daytime ones. And even in complete darkness, you’ll be amazed by some of the beautiful sights you will see along the way, as you tour the mountain overlooking Reading, PA. The D & D is for both Type-A’s and those that want to run in a “park” in the “dark” as a “lark”. Come see what so many runners and night owls have discovered the Dark & Dirty to be a real “hoot”.

LEGAL FUNGI: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH & WELFARE AT ALL TIMES. We’ll have medics who prefer to wait by the light of the bar so if you run into a tree and damage a limb, get your butt to a place where a volunteer or a psychotic killer can “assist” you. Must be 18+ to be out this late in the woods (16 & 17 year olds too ONLY IF a parent is present at the race). Others discouraged from entering are those who run with no light on because they are already “lit up” or any Dallas Cowboy fan, since they are so used to being kept in the dark that they would have an unfair advantage over others.


M/ F 1st & 2nd overall (no repeats) plus
16-29: 5M/5F       30-39: 5M/5F       40-49: 5M/5F       50-59: 5M/4F       60-65: 4M/2F       66+: 3M, 2F

REGISTRATION/ENTRY: Reading Liederkranz German Club, 143 Spook Lane, Reading. Reg. opens at 7:15 P.M.; we race at 8:30 PM (based on Farmers Almanac projected time for dusk) Fee is $34 w/shirt if postmarked by Mon, May 12, 2014. Afterwards, $39 while shirts last (inc. day of race), $30 when gone. WARNING: High tech WICKING SHIRTS COST MORE THAN REGULAR SHIRTS. Because of the extra cost, FEW extra tech shirts are printed than those ordered for prereg entries. So, enter BEFORE raceday if you want the best chance of getting the size shirt you want or any shirt at all. We race in rain, fog, threat of darkness (DUH!!) and economic recession The No's: no entry limit, no refunds, no mailed shirts or awards; no paying by credit card for “day of “ entry, no smoking at race site, no beer brought onto site, NO DOGS ALLOW ON CLUB LAND, no wheelchair entries and no bitching!

WHAT YOU GET: Short sleeve tech shirt with a memorable design but no ads, glow jewelry, two water stops (one with alternate refreshments), indoor johns, covered pavilion, hot & cold grub for racers, wheel measured course, music, a German BeerGarten atmosphere & a chance to buy fine beers/ales at almost Outlet prices, results on in 1-2 days and a chance to say you did something that boring, wimpy people you know (your Mom, for instance) say is "stupid & dangerous” and surely not representative of how well you were raised.

DIRECTIONS FROM : PHILLY: IMPORTANT: DON'T USE MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS FROM PHILLY! Instead, take Rt. 422 West from King of Prussia. Just before Reading, past Arby’s & Burger King and next to Target, bear RIGHT onto Bus. Rt422, “Mt. Penn”; NOT the left lane to "Reading" ** Go 3 miles; till road splits right at CVS. 300 yds later, JUST PAST Arners Restaurant, go right onto Glen Rd (sign missing, turn just before bridge). At end of Glen, turn right & then right again in 50 yds. Liederkranz is 75 yds ahead on right, right next to Stokesay Castle

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

ALLENTOWN: Rt. 222 S onto new Reading bypass, 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.

MAPQUEST INPUT: 143 Spook Lane, Reading, PA 19606 or “Spook Lane & Hill Rd” or “Hill Rd & Glen Rd”.

(optional, a nominal processing fee applies,
closes on Wed, May 28th at midnight)


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

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Check Payable to & Mailed to (with waiver): Pretzel City Sports, 112 W. 36TH ST., READING, PA 19606
Head Case: Ron Horn, , 610-779-2668 day or night,


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WAIVER: I know that running a trail race, in light or in darkness, 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 and 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 ________________, 2014