For Current Local Running News and Discussion, Join Our Google Group!

In early 2018, we moved our email listserve to Google Groups due to unreliable service from our previous provider Yahoo. The Club listserve is where we keep you updated on coming events including races, group runs, meetings, and other activities. It's also a forum for discussing training programs, running health and injury prevention, and anything else of interest in the local running community. You do not have to be a dues-paying member of the NVRC to join our listserve, but we encourage you to join the Club!

If you would like to join our Google Group, instructions and more are here

2013 Race Series Leader Board

The 2013 Race Series is over! Please accept our apologies for the delay in getting results out. The new Race Series Scoring software took some time to get over its early bumps, and there were some problems along the way, including a hardware crash! Below is the list of this year's top finishers, those eligible for Awards.

This year's top point getter was again Alan Effrig. Alan has won the prize the last two years! A new Series rule regarding repeat winners stipulates that Alan is "on hiatus" until next year, but his points are posted as a challenge. First place this year goes to Tom Cali. Matt Smith came in second, and Dan Craighead was third. Marty Mazur was a close 4th. The top 3 get special awards, and anyone who got over 30 points will be rewarded.

There is no longer a contest for Volunteer of the Year, but Club volunteers are rewarded according to a points system. Top volunteers and their awards are also listed below.

Full tallies for the Race Series Cup and Volunteer Awards are here.

Information on the Race Series, Volunteer Awards, and full standings, can be found here. You must be an NVRC member to participate. If you want to participate in the 2014 Race Series, it's time to join the Club!

Read more: 2013 Race Series Leader Board

Join the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Draft Challenge Relay!

Have you thought about running the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay, but couldn't find a team to join? Or have you gotten a team of your buddies together year after year only to have the team fall apart before race day because of one excuse or another? Here's the remedy: Join the Draft Challenge Relay. The DCR is a pool of runners that are drafted into equal size teams with the objective of making the Draft teams as equal in overall talent as possible. The DCR teams then have a friendly race-within-race against each other. The DCR is open to runners of all abilities; the only requirement is that you be able to run (not walk) your assigned legs.  And it's quite possibly the most fun you'll have this Fall. This year the team size is 7, so there are opportunities for runners who want to run one or two legs of the 12 leg course. For more information, go to the DCR web page. The race is October 16. But you need to decide on whether you'd like to be in on the DCR by July 30. The Draft will be next month.

2018 Race Series Cup

The 2017 Race Series is in the books. Final tallies can be found here. The 2018 Race Series is well underway. So far we've had 2 races in the Series: the FIrst Knight Resolution Run 5K and the Indoor Mile Series. More races are coming, so lace up! 

We'll have the 2018 tallies here as soon as they're available. If you spot an error, please contact Bob Shafer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check here for rules and here for the list of Series races. There are also numerous opportunities to earn Volunteer points: Helping out at NVRC races, at the NVRC/Centre Parks and Rec Youth Cross-Country Meets, Volunteer coaching with the Nittany Track and Field Youth Group, and donating blood at the NVRC Blood Drives, and many more. But to participate, you have to be an NVRC member to participate. Join the Club! More information on the Series is here.

The 2013 Draft Challenge Relay

John Sheakoski, the "Commish", has started the ball rolling on the 2013 Draft Challenge Relay, the "race within a race" of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon. The DCR, as it's known, is open to anyone who can run (not walk) their assigned Legs of the relay. The mOUnTaiNBACK has a new course this year, so there'll be a lot new going on, from new strategies to new training runs. So even if you're a DCR veteran, this year will have something different. Newcomers: Now's the time to jump in!

The DCR has its own web page including info on how to participate, results of all past DCRs, leg stats…pretty much everything you need to know. Here's the link

http://nvrun.com/index.php/racing/club-sponsored/tussey-mountainback/dcr

Bookmark it! It'll be updated regularly, and referring to the page will save the Commish a few headaches!

Spring 2017 Running Workshop Series: Run Healthy, Run Strong

The 2017 Spring Running Workshop Series is being put on by Cheryl Keller Capone, PhD, NASM-CPT and  Christine Dorman, USATF Level I. The workshops will be held at Tudek Park (at the pavilion) at 3 PM on four successive Sundays: April 30, May 7, May 14, and May 21. This program is designed for beginners as well as more advanced runners looking to improve their performance. Please come dressed to run. We also suggest bringing a large towel as some activities will be performed lying on the ground.

Each weekly session will have three main parts:

Part I will focus on topics such as breathing mechanics, core stability, and body weight strength training. The emphasis will be on instruction and proper technique, along with practice time. Each week will build upon the week prior, but it is not essential to attend every session. No experience required!

Part 2 will focus on dynamic warm up exercises/drills. Over the 4 week course, we  will cover differences between warming up for longer distances vs. speed work vs. races.

Part 3 will be a group run in Tudek Park around the 1.5 ml loop course - various pace groups available.

Registration: This program is FREE, but pre-registration is required and limited to 20 participants. To register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide your name, age, email address and phone number. 

Here's an informational flyer.

2020 Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #3

February 8, 2020
University Park, PA

The season finale of this year’s Indoor Mile Series saw some great races despite the fact that numbers were down a bit due to the virus that is running around town lately. The ‘fast heat’ of the mile was run first (it’s usually run last) in order to give those runners in that group who would also be running the 3K time to rest up. Nicholas Deamer led from start to finish to easily sew up this year’s Indoor Mile Series title, based on the sum of the best two runs. Nick’s time was 4:32.72. Second was Kirk Mummert in 4:35.65, and third was Matt Balogh in 4:41.55.

In the second heat, Allie Martin, won handily in 5:11.85. This was the fastest women’s time in this year’s Series. Allie won the Series in 2018, but Allie did not run another mile this year, and so was not eligible for a Series title. Second was Jay Kopper in 5:14.50. and third was Doug Schunk in 5:46.69, a personal best for him. Quincey Reese took fourth in 5:52.90, a ten second improvement over her last mile time and enough for her to win the Women’s Open Series title.

In the last heat, Kasey Cicero ran a blistering bell lap to finish first in 5:58.63. Second was Dan Eisenhauer in 6:04.03, and third was taken by Tara Murray in 6:10.01.

The 3K run saw Brian Clark take the race in 9:25.87. Nicholas Deamer was a close second in 9:26.73, while Matt Balogh finished third in 9:34.97. Jaimie Wright set out to break her own record in the 3K. Her goal was to break 11 minutes. That’s 44 seconds a lap. And more than half a minute faster than her record. Ambitious! This year, Jaimie had already sewn up the Masters Women’s mile trophy for this year, so she sat out the mile in order to concentrate on the 3K. Her first 1K was close to the target pace, but she slowed down after that. But Jaimie still ended up crushing her record, finishing in 11:23.9, nearly 13 seconds faster than last year’s mark!

This year’s Predicted Time Contest in the mile was surprisingly close. Phillip Pillin predicted a mile time of 6:39 and ended up finishing in 6:38.73, or 0.27 seconds off. But he barely beat Nicholas Deamer, who had predicted a 4:33 run and finished in 4:32.72. Just a hundredth of a second farther from his prediction than Pillin!

2020 was another good season, with plenty of great runs and a few records set! We’ll see you next year!


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Jaimie Wright broke her own Indoor Mile Series Women's Masters record in the 3K
 
Mile Run


 Heat 1
 ——————

 Place  Name                      Time
 -----  ----                      ----
  1.    Nicholas Deamer          4:32.72    
  2.    Kirk Mummert             4:35.64    
  3.    Matt Balogh              4:41.55    
  4.    Garrett Campbell         4:45.11    
  5.    Mitchell Gray            4:48.44    
  6.    Calvin Pash              4:48.64    
  7.    Ethan Wright             4:55.91    

 Heat 2
 ——————

 Place  Name                      Time
 -----  ----                      ----
  1.    Allie Martin             5:11.85    
  2.    Jay Kopper               5:14.50    
  3.    Doug Schunk              5:46.69    
  4.    Quincey Reese            5:52.90    
  5.    Scott Anthony            5:58.39 (M)   

 Heat 3
 ——————

 Place  Name                      Time
 -----  ----                      ----
  1.    Kasey Cicero             5:58.63    
  2.    Dan Eisenhauer           6:04.03 (M)   
  3.    Tara Murray              6:10.01 (M)   
  4.    Jim Sellmer              6:29.96 (M)   
  5.    David Williams           6:35.29 (M)   
  6.    Marty Klanchar           6:35.45 (M)   
  7.    Phillip Pillin           6:38.73 (M)   
  8.    Gillian Russell          6:51.23    
  9.    Darcy Bowman             7:07.14    
 10.    Rich Ciervo              7:38.53 (M)   
 11.    David Lloyd              7:56.67 (M)   

 3K Run

 Place  Name                      Time
 -----  ----                      ----
  1.      Brian Clark            9:25.87    
  2.      Nicholas Deamer        9:26.73    
  3.      Matt Balogh            9:34.97    
  4.      Jay Kopper            11:13.22    
  5.      Jaimie Wright         11:23.90 (MR)   
  6.      Keith Henderson       12:12.50 (M)

(M) Masters Runner
(R) Indoor Mile Series Record