Board Meeting 

Club officers present: Bob Shafer (president), David Eggler (treasure),Marty Mazur (communications director, Marty Klanchar (membership director), Erika Christiansen (secretary / archivist). Other present: Cheryl Keller Capone and Amy Blake.

The officers all agreed to go forward with using the timing chips in bibs for future races and offer the chip timing equipment for Mark Courtney to purchase back(at a small fee).

Jake Clements had done such a wonderful job with the polling for the upcoming officers election in the past, that the club offered Jake to work his magic with this year’s upcoming election.

Cheryl shared with us the exciting article that Runner’s World wrote about our very own, Marty Klanchar. Great Race Pittsburgh – Martin Klanchar Inspired Mom to Run. Congratulations Marty, your sisters and your mom, Rita, taking up the sport of running. If you haven’t read the article, please take a look at this link.

https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a29265097/great-race-streaker-runs-martin-martin-klanchar/

Membership Meeting

Club officers present: Bob Shafer (president), David Eggler (treasure),Marty Mazur (communications director, Marty Klanchar (membership director), Erika Christiansen (secretary / archivist). Other present: Cheryl Keller Capone, Amy Blake, David Lloyd, John Iceland, Rev. Carl Miller, Chris Hunsberger, Katrina D’Anca and we welcomed Jason Lunn to the club meeting.

Once it became time for the club meeting we were saddened to see how low the attendance of this meeting and past meetings have been. The lack of attendance made us discuss how to bring back memberships and interests to our club. We talked about adding more runs other evenings but that didn’t reach interest. If you have thoughts or suggestions we welcome your input!

As you learned last year, Penn State Health pulled out of the sponsorship of the Arts Festival race. Chris Hunsberger reported the Arts Festival Race committee are approaching potential sponsors before December. The discussion of pleasing runners of a new course that made them feel as if it was apart of the Festival was discussed. Since there is not an option to run downtown, says the local police, it was a good discussion about other routes that are held on campus and close to town. The final decision was to reach out to the contacts at the Ag Arena to book the space to hold the race there for July 2020. More discussions with the Arts Festival board and bringing the Arts Festival feel with creative banners for the mile marker signs we heavily talked about. This year’s Arts Festival race almost broke even financially.

Katrina reported the Nittany Valley Half marathon has as of now 272 runners registered and last year at this time they had 259. This year they have 5 Race Ambassadors. They are looking for two leaders this year for water stops and the Ag Arena day of. The volunteer sign up will be going out near the end of the month. Volunteers get a 2020 free registration for themselves. Sponsors close November 1st. If you’d like to sponsor it’s electronic so reach out at the above email to get your sponsorship in! 

Good luck to all of the NVRC runners running the Chicago marathon on October 13!

Next meeting: December 3rd.