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Dark & Dirty

PRETZEL CITY SPORTS’ANNUAL "DASH THRU THE DARK", THE 8TH ANNUAL

'DARK & DIRTY'
10K Nighttime Trail Run

EARLIER DATE!       EARLIER START!

Sat. Evening, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM
(approx) - Reading, PA

"We Provide the Organization,
You Provide the Illumination"

 

For years, the D & D Trail Run has been held anywhere from mid-May to the end of May, and that has led to some issues. The last 2 years, the sun took forever to go down and the race didn’t start until almost 9 PM; some runners were on the course till almost 11. With "trail-ers" often being "older", this meant that many were racing past their bedtime. (mine, too!). And with the neighborhood having a rather rigid noise rules, our "band", Kermit-the Accordion Assassin, had to go inside to continue his "dirty German ditties" put to music. This stopped all but the swiftest from hearing his warbling until long after they finished, not outside as they finished. The late start also caused people to leave right after finishing, lest they get home after the next day's newspaper. In doing so, they had to miss one of the best post-race parties around. So, we've decided to try something new in 2015, a March date. The new date should allow us to start the D & D as much as 1 1/2 hrs earlier than ever before. And while it will be a shade chillier than years past, most of you are darn near in heat exhaustion when you finish as it is, and those that aren’t can go over and hang by our fire pit, near the bar. As for the race itself, it is what we say it is; a run thru the woods in the dark. We do not "light up" the woods. We put glow lights & reflective tape every 50-75 yards but between those points, it's up to the 300-400 entries to supply their own headlamps, flashlights, lighters, cell phones, whitened teeth, etc to make sure they do not step in a chasm from which they will most surely never emerge. 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! Since people tend to run more prudently when they can’t see where they're going, we have less falls and scrapes in our nighttime runs than in our daytime ones. Come on out and see some of the beautiful sights you see along the way (despite it being dark), as you tour the mountain overlooking Reading, PA. The D & D is for both Type-A’s and those that just enjoy doing things that makes their friends and family think that they're "not playing with a full deck". LEGAL SCHMEGAL: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH & WELFARE AT ALL TIMES. We’ll have medics on site but since many of them are rather old, be prepared for them to use leeches, dried newt potions and voodoo to cure your ills. If you do get dinged, get your butt to a place where a volunteer or psychotic killer (may be one and the same) can “assist” you. Must be 18+ to enter (16 & 17 year olds ok ONLY if a parent is present at the race). Others discouraged from entering are those who can twist an ankle while farting or anybody who can get lost between their parking spot and the Mall entrance.

AWARDS:

M/ F 1st & 2nd overall (no repeats) plus
0-29: 5M/5F     30-39: 5M/5F     40-49: 5M/5F     50-59: 5M/5F     60-69: 4M/3F     70+: 1M, 1F

REGISTRATION/ENTRY: Reading Liederkranz German Club, 143 Spook Lane, Reading. Reg. opens at 6:15 P.M.; we race at 7:30 PM (based on Farmers Almanac projected time for dusk) Fee is $34 w/shirt if postmarked by Mon, March 9, 2015. Afterwards, $39 while shirts last (inc. day of race), $30 when gone. WARNING: High tech wicking shirts only guaranteed thru Mar 9th.. Afterwards, you will probably only be able to get a cotton or 50/50 shirt since, due to their much higher cost, we order VERY few extra tech shirts, other 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. After Mar 9th, your ONLY option will probably be to get a cotton or 50/50 shirt, whichever we decide to carry. We race in rain, fog, threat of darkness (DUH!!) and poor Philadelphia sports team seasons. 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 or cotton 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 with a chance to buy fine beers/ales at almost Outlet prices, results on pretzelcitysports.com in 1-2 days and the right to say you did something that boring, wimpy people you know (your spouse, for instance) say is "stupid & dangerous” and surely not representative of how brilliant you are.

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”.


ON-LINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ON WWW.PRETZELCITYSPORTS.COM
(optional, a nominal processing fee applies,
closes on Wed, March 25th at midnight)

NO MAP EXISTS OF THE COURSE, SO PLEASE DON'T ASK!
YOU CAN'T READ IT ANYWAY WHILE RUNNING,
SINCE IT'S DARK, YOU MORON!

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

Click here to go directly to option online registration

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

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Last Name_________________________________ First Name___________________________________

Street Address__________________________________________________________________________

City ______________________________ State______ Zip_________  Sex:    M     F    Race Day Age _______

Date of Birth___/___/___ (must be 18; 16 or 17 if parent present)

Shirt Type:     Tech   Cotton       Shirt Size:   XS   S   M    L   XL   2X
                                   (tech shirts only guaranteed thru 3/9))

Email _____________________________________ Already get Run Update eNewsletters? ___ Yes ___ No

Phone: (______)___________________________________________ AM? ____ PM? ______ BOTH? _____

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 ________________, 2015

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