- Trail Race
This is another fantastic, and fun event put on by Pretzel City Sports!
The 11k distance is different, as are many aspects about a Pretzel City Sports race. The pre and post race activities take place at the Reading Liederkranz, which is a German club/pub. There is a good amount of parking onsite but it's best to get there early since these races are rather popular. Registration/check-in was inside and there were indoor bathrooms as well as porta-potties outside.
The start area was about a 1/4 mile from the club, across the street from Egelman Park. The course consisted of some paved and dirt road sections, but was mostly single track trail. It was a moderately challenging course with plenty of steep climbs and descents, including a section of bike trail with some gravel jumps. There were funny signs posted in a few sections that matched the humor of the pre-race announcements given by the RD.
There were 2 water stops on the course, the 2nd of which also had some "alternative" beverages as well. Once we got to the top of the mountain we passed right by the old stone William Penn Fire Tower, and had a great view of the city of Reading below. The finish line was back at the Liederkranz where there were plenty of post race refreshments outside; and the race fee also included a breakfast inside. There was scrambled eggs, pancakes, and toast! Pre-registrants had the option of a long sleeve tech shirt and/or a hoodie. (I opted for both). There were also many AG awards given out.
Overall this was a great race and I am looking forward to coming back next month for the Ugly Mudder 13k!
Check out my full race recap here:
Strava stats: https://www.strava.com/activities/3045794299/overview