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Dirty Bird


“Dirty Bird”
15K Trail Run

Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 10:00 AM No Entry Limit!!
French Creek State Park, Birdsboro, PA

For years, Pretzel City Sports has been giving regional runners "the bird" and amazingly, they have ENJOYED it. The DIRTY BIRD, that is! This festive romp thru beautiful French Creek State Park lets one offset the effects of 3 days of consuming massive amounts of what is known as the “meat we have 3 or 4 times a year or daily when we are on a diet". Some say that the tryptophan in turkey makes one somewhat groggy and doped-up; about the same effect as the most Pretzel City events and the race director’s opening remarks. Still, WHAT BETTER WAY TO BE, when running over tons of unforgiving rocks, downed trees & downed runners galore, looong climbs, mud, (no creek crossings), hunters seeking a good spot for the opening of buck season in a day or two (personally, I'd leave the holiday "antler hats" at home, just in case they're "calendar challenged") and other strange things that you won't find within an area that gets good cell reception. Yes, WE AGREE with those that frequently note that the course & park is BEAUTIFUL! But so is a nice piece of carrot cake, and you don’t sweat near as much while in its presence. Or, maybe you DO??!! Still, 300-400 people join us annually for this attempt to rid themselves of the 29,000 calories that they ate already in that weekend, along with the sharing of posterior gas & loud belches smelling strangely like "cranberry sauce". The course is 85% rustic trails, 12% dirt road and 3% paved road so you get to actually look up for a full minute of the run. 2M of it is also in the Double Trouble (half of which you’ll run in the other direction); the rest is brand new stuff unless you did a previous Dirty Bird-same course for 11 years. Join other “bird brains” to run in pre-winter conditions like snow, ark-like rain, plague: all that add to the mystique of the event but are certainly not reason enough to cancel it! And no need to rush home, the Eagles play Dallas on Thanksgiving-the only thing you're missing on TV that day is "Ice Road Hookers". The Dirty Bird is, to "trail running", what "gravy" is to "necktie spots"!!! LEGAL “GIBLETS”: YOU TURKEYS RACE AT YOUR OWN RISK & ARE SOLEY RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING YOUR TAILFEATHERS OUT OF THE WOODS! We MIGHT look for your body but only if you're a Clydesdale so we can be sure that when we find you, there’s enough "meat" on your bones to go around. Besides, the chances of you getting lost are about as good as the chances of a recent American Idol winner having a hit record: NONE! However, there is some challenge to this event so the race is closed to those below 18 (16 & 17 year olds may run too IF a parent/legal guardian comes along. No exceptions; medics can’t work on under 18’s without permission). The race is also closed to people that actually think that Hilary Clinton hasn’t decided yet to run for President, to those that don’t find the use of the words "meat" and "jerky" in the same sentence at least mildly amusing and to any male that shamelessly allowed himself to sit thru ANYTHING shown on the Bravo network that involves cooking, fashion or interior decorating. You Wimp!

GOODIES: Instant results, registration in enclosed tent, results on in 1-2 days, modern johns (no showers), WELL marked course if no one screws with it, lots of parking, 3 water stops, hot & cold grub, ambulance, course viewable at several points via car, bike or jet pack, camping/cabins in park (brrr!!! 610 582-9680) Playground right next to registration, pool will be drained by then, much like you from doing the race.

We race at 10 A.M.; reg opens at 8:45. $34 if postmarked by Sat, 11/15, with long sleeve shirt, $39 after cutoff & day of race while shirts last; $30 when gone. FEW “EXTRA” SHIRTS PRINTED over our entry total at the cutoff! Our shirt designs tend to be “memorable” (not like the time your fly was open during assembly in 10th grade, no, the NICE kind of memorable) and they're great conversation starters at tractor pulls, storage unit auctions, and AA. So pre-enter so you get a shirt, even if the cutoff has passed (mail it in or go to till midnight on the Wed before raceday) since remaining shirts are awarded on a “first entered, first gets” basis!! We race in ANY & ALL weather; no refunds, no mailed shirts/awards, no racing w/pets unless you stay in last for the 1st mile, no alcohol in park & no entries that think that their lungs will freeze under 62 degrees.

IMPORTANT NOTE # 1: While Pretzel City REJOICES in running in highly “interesting” weather, things may get so bad that the Park stops us from having the race that day; roads closed by state, a boy scout hold up in a cave with an AK47, a deer shedding her pelt on course for bucks, etc. DON”T confuse “bad” conditions with “normal” snowfall (before or during the event), shrinkage-causing temps, slow but still drive-able roads, etc.; we race in ALL of those cases!!! Race to be postponed ONLY in extreme cases. In this HIGHLY UNLIKELY case, a message will be put both on the home page of www.pretzelcitysports and on 610-779-2668 the second that we know & we’ll send out an email immediately but that may not help if I only have your work email. Our regrets in advance to anyone that gets “burnt” from driving in the night before but PCS won’t “control” this; the Park will. IF POSTPONED, NEW DATE FOR THE RACE WILL BE THE FOLLOWING SAT! If postponed that day, we’ll find ANOTHER day and contact all prereg folks; that’s why readable phone #'s and email addresses on your reg form ARE ESSENTIAL! But the probability that we postpone it is about as low as the probability of finding a Philly personal trainer on The Biggest Loser that trys to pass off “cheesesteaks” as a health food.

IMPORTANT NOTE # 2: PCS shares the Park staff’s desire to limit the impact of any race on its trails. If the trail & weather that weekend require us to do so, we reserve the right to adjust the course, its distance and/or its “percent of trails vs. dirt & hard road” to insure that the trails will not be damaged.

AWARDS: 1st & 2ndM/F +: 0-29: 4M, 4F 30-39: 4M, 4F 40-49: 4M, 4F 50-59: 4M, 4F 60-69: 4M, 3F 70+: 2M, 2F

Directions: Take Rt. 422 East of Reading about 6 miles. Take Rt. 345 South to 2nd light in Birdsboro; left on Rt. 724 East. About 1 mile; go right onto Rt. 345 South. Park is 5 miles ahead on right. Reg is behind main office.
Alt. Way from both East & West: Take PA Turnpike Morgantown exit, go east on Rt 23 until 345 North, take 345N to 1st Park road. Enter & go to T, go right, then go right again to registration area behind main office.
Another Alt. Way from East: Rt 422 to Rt 100 S at Pottstown, take first exit and go right onto Rt 724 West, Go approx 6 miles to Rt 345, take left. Park is 5 miles ahead on your right. Reg is behind the main office.

(small service fee applies---closes at midnight on the Wed night before raceday)


Check Payable to & Mailed to (with waiver): PRETZEL CITY SPORTS, 112 W. 36TH ST., READING, PA 19606 Biggest Turkey: Ron Horn,, 610-779-2668 (AM or PM),

Print As Neat As Your List to Santa!         Sign Back of Waiver Form         May be Duplicated


Last Name_________________________________ First Name _________________________________

Street Address_________________________________________________________________________

City ____________________________________ State______ Zip_________ Sex: M  F   Race Day Age _____
(must be 18 or older to run, 16 & 17 yr olds allowed with parent present )

Date of Birth___/___/___ Tel: (______)________________________________________ A.M. or P.M?_____

Long Sleeve T-shirt Size (circle one):   XS     S     M     L    XL      2X
(regular long sleeve shirts may only be available for late entries, very late entries may get no shirt at all)

Email ____________________@___________________
(if checked fairly regularly-print clearly!!!)

Already Getting Runner Update Emails on Regular Basis? (check one) ________ Yes _________No

WAIVER: I know that running a trail run is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter or run unless I am medically able & properly trained. I also know that there will be traffic, winter 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, the conditions of the roads and getting lost, 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, French Creek State Park, PA Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources all municipalities in which the event is held, the race committee, volunteers, all other organizations directly or indirectly associated with the race, any or all sponsors including their agents, employees, assigns or anyone acting on their behalf, or anyone else associated in any way with this race, from any or all claims or liability for death, personal injury or property damage of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of , or in the course of, my participation in this event. This waiver extends to all claims of every kind or nature whatsoever; 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. I HAVE READ & UNDERSTAND THIS WAIVER:

SIGNATURE __________________________________________________ DATE________________/2014

Insurance Provided by Road Runner Clubs of America