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Ghouls and Fools


'Ghouls & Fools'

10K (more or less)
Nighttime Trail Run

Sat. Night, Oct 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM (EST) - Reading, PA


"We Provide the Organization - You Provide the Illumination"

When they made “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939, the people that played the Munchkins, folks with families to feed & mortgages to pay, were paid $50 a day. Now, in 1939, that was a nice paycheck. Still, the producers of the movie were paying Toto $125 A DAY!! Worse yet, when Toto would poop on the soundstage floor, very little was said. But the ONE TIME the representative of the Lollypop Kids did the same, BOY, did the flying monkeys hit the fan that day!! Now, we at Pretzel City are big advocates of “Rover Rights” and we truly believe that “every dog should have its day”. But to pay a dog 2 ½ times the amount you pay adults with a family and bills just doesn’t seem to make any sense!! As an aside, equally nonsensical is the fact that the snow they covered the actors and stage with in the “poppy field” scene was actually “asbestos”. Ah, if the EPA had only known THEN what we know now (which would have been hard since the EPA was founded in 1970, a little too late to save the tin man from a life in an iron lung. No, scratch that, he HAD iron lungs)! Now, ANOTHER thing that just doesn’t seem to make any sense is that 250-400 people show up each fall to run a pitch dark trail just for the chance to drink unique oncourse beverages and listen to a lederhosen-clad accordion player sing dirty ditties afterwards. This event, the Ghouls & Fools Nighttime Trail Run, is one of the most popular nighttime trail runs in America. You run it in the pitch dark thru the woods overlooking Reading, PA, using only the light you provide from your headlamp, cell phone, flashlight, or tooth whitening. It uses some of the nicest and cleanest trails on Mt Penn but even the cleanest rustic trails in PA are littered with rocks & roots, downed trees, rough footing, fallen runners and used birth control supplies. Yet, fear not!! It’s so well marked with reflecting tape & glow sticks that even your directionally challenged spouse could follow it, no matter how much you WANT them to get lost. There may even be some Halloween stuff hanging along the way too, just to make it as “spooky” as an incorrect pregnancy test. This event normally draws some very talented runners. But it ALSO draws people that measure their 10k time in “moon cycles” rather than “minutes”. Come see what happens in the woods after dark because it’s FRIGHTENLY FUN! And dress crazy; Halloween is JUST around the corner and we have awards for the best attire!! NOTE: YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WELFARE DURING THIS RACE. You think we’re coming out in the dark woods to find you if you’re hurt or lost? FAT CHANCE! If you get lost, which you won’t, head towards the well-lit Pagoda at the top of the hill and ask how to get back to the Liederkranz. If dinged, drag your bleeding corpse to an aide station. Since this race requires a certain degree of common sense & semi-maturity, we discourage those under 18 from doing this race (16 & 17 year olds OK to race ONLY IF a parent is present at the race site, entries below 16 MUST have someone run with them). Other discouraged from coming are those who bought into the Philadelphia’s Archbishop’s declaration that divorced Catholics that remarry must live together like “brother and sister” if they want to receive Communion. Also discouraged from entering is anyone who has purchased/downloaded a Britney Spears song in the last 10 years. WHY would a music lover DO that????

M/ F 1st & 2nd overall (no repeats) and best M and Female costume plus
0-29: 4M/4F 30-39: 4M/4F 40-49: 4M/4F 50-59: 4M/4F 60-67: 4M/3F 68+: 2M, 1F

REGISTRATION/ENTRY: Reading Liederkranz German Singing & Sports Club, 143 Spook Lane, Reading, PA. Reg. opens at 6 P.M.; we race at 7 PM or as soon as it’s dark enough after 7. Fee is $34 w/ wicking hi-tech shirt if postmarked by Wed, Oct 5, 2016. Afterwards, $39 while tech shirts last (inc. day of race), $32 when gone. WARNING: HI-TECH WICKING SHIRTS COST SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN REGULAR SHIRTS. BECAUSE OF THIS EXTRA COST, FEW extra shirts are printed than those ordered by prereg entries so enter before the race date if possible to increase your chances of getting a tech shirt!. Some standard shirts may be available for post reg runners that night. Optional on-line registration via credit card available thru the Wed before the race on No entry limit! We race in rain, snow or threat of darkness (DUH!!) No refunds, no mailed shirts or awards; no smoking at race site please, NO OUTSIDE BEER ALLOWED AT LIEDERKRANZ; THEIR RULES! FRIENDLY dogs now permitted but leave “Fang” home. And clean up after them!!

WHAT YOU GET: Hi-Tech wicking short sleeve shirt with a unique & memorable design (no ads on it), 2 water stops (1 with alternative beverages), indoor johns, covered pavilion, refreshments for racers, wheel measured course, entertainment, chance to win door prizes, some special award categories, a German BeerGarten with fine beers and ales for purchase, results on in 24-48 hrs and the right to say you did something that boring, uptight people that you know (your spouse, your boss or your Mother-In-Law, for instance) say is "idiotic" or "juvenile" or "not in keeping with someone of your stature and upbringing". Yeah!! Right!!

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

DIRECTIONS FROM : PHILLY: IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS FROM PHILLY! Instead, take Rt. 422W from King of Prussia. Just before Reading, 1 block past Arby’s & Burger King, bear right onto Bus. Rt. 422, marked “Mt. Penn”; DON’T follow sign to Reading ** Go 3 miles until road splits at new CVS. 1/10th Mile later, JUST PAST Arners Restaurant, take right onto Glen Rd (sign missing, turn just before bridge). At end of Glen, turn right & then take your next right just 50 yards ahead. Look for sign to Stokesay, Liederkranz is next door.

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.

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

(optional, a nominal processing fee applies, closes on midnight, the Wed before the event)



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