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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!

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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

NVRC Supports 2023 United Way Day of Caring

The 2023 United Way Day of Caring was held on October 5. The NVRC took part with another of their annual PSU Golf Course trail maintenance projects. Cheree Jones coordinated with Joe Hughes, Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager. The NVRC also provided lunch for the crew. This year there were numerous volunteers including Penn State Humphrey Fellows, SCASD Delta Program students, and various individuals including Club members. The large crew cleared brush, widened trails and made outlets more open. They also groomed rocky sections of the trail, removing large rocks and adding mulch over some stony sections. This trail has been a Centre County Day of Caring project for the NVRC each year from 2011-2023 (There was an informal small group of volunteers in 2020 due to the pandemic.) Here are some photos from the day of the project.

Read more: NVRC Supports 2023 United Way Day of Caring

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.

19th Annual Crack O' Dawn 5K

June 23, 2023
Boalsburg, PA
by Mike Casper

A mild morning for June greeted runners for the 8 a.m. start of this year’s race, which saw runners from age 9 to 87 take part in this early morning tour of the Village of Boalsburg.

Seventeen-year-old McClain Reamer took the overall win, with Travis Kagaritze and Eric Silver taking second and third. The women’s race was won by Anna Miller, with Sarah Miller and Daria Pankova placing second and third. Six master’s runners finished in the top ten.

Three runners improved on their times from last year. Daria Pankova took 5 seconds off her time from 2022, Silvia Hutchinson improved her time by more than 4 minutes, and Willa Henry reduced her time by more than 9 minutes.

The race served up its traditional pancake breakfast this year, after 3 years off, with Lance Bland and Jim Myers providing expert flapjack flipping expertise at the griddle.

Numerous drawing prizes were handed out, donated by area businesses, including many shops located near the race course in Boalsburg: A Basket Full, The Bike Roost, Boalsburg Car Company, Chocolates by Leopold, Climb Nittany, Duffy’s Tavern, Portfolio - A Salon, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, and Your Perfect Fit. Additional prizes were provided by Rapid Transit Sports and Doan’s Bone Barbecue.

A hearty thanks to chefs Lance and Jim, as well as Marie, Larry and Eddie Garmat, David Lloyd, and Ann Van Kuren for race day assistance. Special thanks to Marie for wonderful photos.

Proceeds support the professional performances and innovative educational programs of VanDance, the local modern dance company. VanDance performed June 23–25 as part of the Sixth Annual Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest. You can visit VanDance’s Facebook page at and reach out via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out about upcoming community events, classes and performances.

We hope to see you next year!

                                                                                Runners get ready at the start

McClain Reamer was the winner

Sara and Anna Miller were the top female finishers

Mark Fedkin follows his daughter Kristine to the finish line

Silvia Hutchinson sprints to the finish

Tristen Ombalski, age 10, had a great race

An epic stroller battle!

Overall Order of Finish

Place   First      Last               Gen     Age  Town           State   Time
-----   -----      ----               ---     ---  ----           -----   ----
   1    McClain    Reamer              M      17   Aaronsburg      PA     18:43
   2    Travis     Kagaritze           M      43   Williamsburg    PA     20:21
   3    Eric       Silver              M      58   State College   PA     22:15
   4    Steve      Miller              M      44   State College   PA     24:48
   5    Ames       Henry               M      12   Boalsburg       PA     24:55
   6    Joseph     Harvatine           M      60   Sykesville      MD     25:03
   7    Rod        Davis               M      54   Mohnton         PA     25:10
   8    Tristen    Ombalski            M      10   Boalsburg       PA     26:25
   9    Anna       Miller              F      11   State College   PA     26:32
  10    Sarah      Miller              F      44   State College   PA     26:33
  11    Daria      Pankov              F      32   State College   PA     27:23  
  12    Kristine   Fedkin              F      13   State College   PA     27:33
  13    Mark       Fedkin              M      53   State College   PA     27:34
  14    Silvia     Hutchinson          F      13   Boalsburg       PA     28:00  
  15    Willa      Henry               F       9   Boalsburg       PA     28:31  
  16    Christina  Ombalski            F      47   Boalsburg       PA     29:37
  17    Gwen       Filipovicz          F           Bellefonte      PA     32:40
  18    Justin     Dissinger           M      28   Lancaster       PA     33:46
  19    Ronald     Davis               M      29   Ephrata         PA     33:47
  20    Aaren      Dissinger           M      28   Lancaster       PA     34:06
  21    Katya      Fedkin              F      51   State College   PA     36:11
  22    Sheila     Gunsallus           F      40   Clearfield      PA     37:06
  23    Dawn       Harvatine           F      61   Sykesville      MD     37:24
  24    David      Lloyd               M      53   State College   PA     37:49
  25    Saralee    Forsberg            F      39   Bellefonte      PA     38:29
  26    Sabrina    Sumner              F      44   Port Matilda    PA     39:13
  27    Mark       Parfitt             M      45   State College   PA     39:57
  28    Lori       Reamer              F      57   Aaronsburg      PA     48:45
  29    Angel      Atwood              F      46   State College   PA      Walker
  30    Van        Atwood              M      49   State College   PA      Walker
  31    Carl       Miller              M      87   Bellefonte      PA     59:43

Place First Last Gen Age Town State Time ----- ----- ---- --- --- ---- ----- ---- Top 3 Men 1 McClain Reamer M 17 Aaronsburg PA 18:43 2 Travis Kagaritze M 43 Williamsburg PA 20:21 3 Eric Silver M 58 State College PA 22:15 Top 3 Women 1 Anna Miller F 11 State College PA 26:32 2 Sarah Miller F 44 State College PA 26:33 3 Daria Pankova F 32 State College PA 27:23 Women 11 & Under 1 Anna Miller F 11 State College PA 26:32 2 Willa Henry F 9 Boalsburg PA 28:31 Women 12-14 1 Kristine Fedkin F 13 State College PA 27:33 2 Silvia Hutchinson F 13 Boalsburg PA 28:00 Women 30-39 1 Daria Pankova F 32 State College PA 27:23 2 Saralee Forsberg F 39 Bellefonte PA 38:29 Women 40-49 1 Sarah Miller F 44 State College PA 26:33 2 Christina Ombalski F 47 Boalsburg PA 29:37 3 Sheila Gunsallus F 40 Clearfield PA 37:06 4 Sabrina Sumner F 44 Port Matilda PA 39:13 Women 50-59 1 Katya Fedkin F 51 State College PA 36:11 2 Lori Reamer F 57 Aaronsburg PA 48:45 Women 60-69 1 Dawn Harvatine F 61 Sykesville MD 37:24 Men 11 & Under 1 Tristen Ombalski M 10 Boalsburg PA 26:25 Men 12-14 1 Ames Henry M 12 Boalsburg PA 24:55 Men 15-19 1 McClain Reamer M 17 Aaronsburg PA 18:43 Men 20-29 1 Justin Dissinger M 28 Lancaster PA 33:46 2 Ronald Davis M 29 Ephrata PA 33:47 3 Aaren Dissinger M 28 Lancaster PA 34:06 Men 40-49 1 Travis Kagaritze M 43 Williamsburg PA 20:21 2 Steve Miller M 44 State College PA 24:48 3 Mark Parfitt M 45 State College PA 39:57 Men 50-59 1 Eric Silver M 58 State College PA 22:15 2 Rod Davis M 54 Mohnton PA 25:10 3 Mark Fedkin M 53 State College PA 27:34 4 David Lloyd M 53 State College PA 37:49 Men 60-69 1 Joseph Harvatine M 60 Sykesville MD 25:03 Men 80-89 1 Carl Miller M 87 Bellefonte PA 59:43