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Another Classic! Maria, a devout Catholic, got married and had 15 children. After her first husband died, she remarried and had 15 more children. A few weeks after her second husband died, Maria also passed away. At Maria’s funeral, the priest looked skyward and said, “At last, they’re finally together.” Her sister sitting in the… Continue Reading

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An oldie but a goodie!!   A Male patient just recovered successfully from a sex threatening health attack. He was wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose,  and laying on hospital bed. A young nurse came to cleanse his body with sponge. The patient mumbled, “Are my testicles black?” The Nurse replied, “I… Continue Reading

RACE DIRECTORS! Reserve your crew for your 2017 event NOW!

Pretzel City Sports is now taking timing reservations for 2017 events. This fall, we had 3 dates that were 100% booked and for which we had to turn work away. We expect that the same thing could happen in the Spring of 2107, despite us having more crews than almost any timer in the East.… Continue Reading

Dates for 2017 Clothing-Optional Races Set

The dates for the 2017 Clothing Optional races that Pretzel City Sports holds annually have been approved by Sunny Rest Resort in Palmerton; the wonderful facility where they are held. The Wiggle, Jiggle and Giggle 5k Road Race will be held on Saturday, June 10th.  Just by chance, that is also the day that Sunny… Continue Reading

Pretzel City Sports

Premier Race Timing, Management & Promotion

For 20 years, Pretzel City Sports, Reading, PA has provided outstanding (yet surprisingly affordable) race timing, management & promotion services throughout Eastern PA, NJ, DE and MD. Starting in 2017, Pretzel City Sports will also begin providing race timing in Western & Northern PA from our new satellite office in Altoona.  Our low fees & ability to time your event while helping you to both plan and promote it (unmatched in the timing business) has made us one of the busiest timers in the East; we time nearly 500 events a year. Despite being based in Reading, our rates are so low that we can often time races 2-3 hours away & still save an event money compared to their “more local” timers.  

While specializing in running, PCS also times duathlons, triathlons, adventure races, mud runs, glow runs, color runs, distance swims, you name it!!  Our timing jobs have ranged from 1 Mile runs to a triathlon that covered 3 states, 6 minute races to 24 hours ultras, and races with as few as 15-20 entries to as many as 4000+.    

How did we get to be one of the most sought-after timers around, despite never having advertised or solicited new business?  “Outstanding service” at “below market” prices!  In fact, 90% of all of our new business comes from people that have been referred to us from other satisfied customers. 

The primary services that Pretzel City provides include:

  • Race Day Timing & Start/Finish Line Management
  • Event Design Consulting
  • Race Promotion
  • Online Registration Services
  • Turnkey Race Management; limited to certain areas

What makes us “different?” Well, we hold 21 races of our own each year and the head of PCS has been directing races for almost 3o years. But there’s more! Most timers show up on raceday, time your event and then leave. That’s about all you interact with them. PCS is there to help you FROM DAY 1!  You get unlimited free phone & email consulting on things such as your location, date, race app/flyer, pricing, awards, sponsorship campaigns, online registration, etc. This help is especially crucial to first year races or races that have historically not drawn well. Our timing also comes with free promotional tools that, if used properly, make the race well known and, as such, often more successful.  And, once raceday arrives, we assist the organizer extensively with race day tasks that are over & above just the timing of the event; the announcing  if requested, the calculation of award winners, the posting of results on the Internet, etc. And ALL this comes at a price lower than most other timers, none of which supply this level of support despite being higher priced than us.

Our staff, many of whom are experienced runners, make sure that your event has the things that runners truly value; accurate timing, quick & immediate results, an easily identified start/finish line, online posting of your results, etc. We KNOW what racers want because WE race too!

Why make “holding a race” harder than it needs to be?  PCS makes your event easier to hold, better publicized and more profitable. Call us today at 610-779-2668 or email us at rhornpcs@aol.com to find out what PCS can do for you!