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15K & 30K TRAIL RUN(S)

Sunday, July 7, 2013 * 9:00 AM *Morgantown, PA
Near swimming Pool @ Hopewell Lake, French Creek State Park
15K is a Point Scoring Race in the Mid-Atlantic USA T & F Off-Road Championship

Although it’s not well recognized, there are few words more derogatory in our language than the word “second”. Second jobs never pay as much, its costly to get “free” to take a second wife, factory seconds are lower quality, that second piece of cheesecake goes right to your thighs, and most movies that are “seconds” are never as good as the first i.e Die Hard 2, Superman 2, Spiderman 2, Caddyshack, 2, etc. The second child ends up with hand me downs, stuff that you hear second hand is often wrong, second place is often called “the first loser”, the second month of the year is the shortest one and just about every major screwup in your teens was followed by the statement to “just wait until the “second” you get home, young …..”. Yeah, we’d be better off with the word “second ” gone from our tongues & minds. And yet, this very concept, a “second” (or more exactly “”a second lap”) is what brings people back every year to Pretzel City’ss mid-year heat stroke festival; the Double Trouble 15k & 30k Trail Run. For you see, America love choices! That’s why Starbucks has 327 variations of coffee, most cable companies offer 150-200 channels, there are multiple Kardasions for you to hate and many people support Gay Marriage; to have more choices! The DT is a two event race that is designed to give YOU a CHOICE! The 15k loop we use has rocks, downed trees, scenic vistas, lakeside trails and ups and downs throughout, with about 85-90% of the course in the shade. Every one starts at the same time. Get to the end of the 1st loop and you’re whipped like a tub of cream cheese? Finish in the 15k! And if your Red Bull and Clif Bar finally kick in at the 9 mile, do another loop! You’ll declare a race distance before the race but you are no more obligated to this choice than Senator Marco Rubio is to explaining how he ended up as the only Hispanic Republican in the entire United States. After you finish whatever distance you choose, you can chill in the shade, enjoy hot and cold refreshments, cool off under our official handmade “shower”, listen to tunes and watch others suffer as they finish or forge on. We also have modern potties, lots of parking, a pool 150 yds away where you can pay to swim, a playground ¼ mile away, boat rentals 100 yrds away, picnic tables all around the finish and LOTS of things that just make it a wonderful run for you and a great place for the family to hang while they await your finish or demise; whichever occurs first. This race draws 300-450 people each year for a great workout, a beautiful setting and a chance to race horse flys and lusty deer to the finish. LEGAL B.S.: YOU RACE AT YOUR OWN RISK & ARE SOLEY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WELFARE WHILE RACING! This course will have more marks on it than Little Wayne’s face. Thank goodness, since we don’t look for lost folks anyway until they’ve decayed for several weeks and we can follow the odor. We will have an EMS present but they’d rather be out in the lake in a paddleboat than come find your sorry carcass, so get your boo-boo to a place where we have volunteers. Now, this race is a LITTLE tuff so entry is forbidden for 1) runners under 18 (16 & 17 year olds OK for the 15k ONLY & a parent MUST be present too; not run, just present) 2) folks that make Chris Christy look “emaciated” and 3) anybody who thinks that the phrase “think tank:” and the word “Washington, DC” belong in the same sentence.

Entry: Race starts at 9 A.M.; reg. opens at 7:45. $33 if postmarked by Wed, June 19, inc. a short sleeved tech shirt, $38 after cutoff & day of race while 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 are did this event, other than your terminal inner thigh rash, enter even if Wed, June 19th has passed!! Post race entries that enter before raceday get first dibs at the remaining shirts. Rain or shine, no refunds or mailed shirts/awards. IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST finish the first lap by the 2 hr mark to be allowed to do another lap. ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: THE 15K IS A POINT SCORING RACE IN THE USA T & F SERIES. YET, ANNUALLY, MANY OF THESE RUNNERS TELL US THAT THEY’D RATHER RUN THE 30K INSTEAD. TO ACCOMMODATE THIS INNER TURMOIL, IF AND ONLY IF YOU ARE ON A USA T & F TEAM, YOU MAY RUN BOTH RACES AND WIN AWARDS IN BOTH AS WELL. SEE THE RACE DIRECTOR TO GET A 2ND BIB ONLY IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THIS LIMITED OFFER.

Extras: Finishing award to all finishers (some mailed if # of finishers higher than projected), modern johns that will smell OK for the first 5 minutes, hot & cold post race grub, instant results, results on in 1-2 days, WELL marked course if no one screws with it, tons of parking, 3 water stops per loop (some with munchies; may still wish to carry water if super-hot), EMS on site, a course that is accessible at several spots in mid race by car, bike or Segway. Call park at (610) 582-9680 to camp. Fishing, swimming near Start for a fee, Mt biking, canoeing, grills/tables, playground, frisbee golf, snack bar near start.

Awards: M & F 1st & 2nd in each race plus:
15K: 18-29: 4M, 4F 30-39: 4M, 4F 40-49: 4M, 3F 50-59: 4M, 2F 60-64: 3M, 2F 65+: 3M
30K: 18-29: 3M, 3F 30-39: 3M, 3F 40-49: 3M, 3F 50-59: 3M, 2F 60-64: 3M, 1F 65+: 2M
Female age group is actually 60 and over for both races

Directions: From Reading: Take Rt. 422 East of Reading about 6 miles. Take Rt. 82 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. Enter park; go to south side of Hopewell Lake (next to pool by lake, follow signs).

From Phila: Take Rt. 422 West to Rt 100 South in Pottstown, Take Rt 100S to first exit, Rt 724 West. Go about 6 miles toward Birdsboro until you reach Rt. 345 South. Take left on Rt 345 (can’t go right). Park is 5 miles ahead on right. Enter park; go to south side of Hopewell Lake (next to pool by lake, follow signs).

Alt. Way from 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 back of lake next to pool.

Alt. Way from East: PA turnpike to Downingtown exit, go Rt 100 North to Rt 23 West, take 23 W until 345 North, take 345 N until 1st Park road. Enter, go to T, go right, then right again to back of lake next to pool.

ANOTHER alt way from West: Take Downingtown exit, Rt 100 N to Rt 401 W (or N) toward Elverson. Rt 401W eventually crosses Rt 345N , which is the road that French Creek Park is on. Turn right, cross Rt 23, go about 4 miles North to Park

Optional on-line reg via credit card available on
(closes midnight, the Wed before the race, nominal service charge applies)



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


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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. Also, 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:

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