Jeremy Herbstritt was a local runner, a Bellefonte High School and Penn State grad, who died in the Virginia Tech shootings on April 16, 2007. In May 2007, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State and the Nittany Valley Running Club put on a 5K race/walk to honor Jeremy's memory. The event, organized on short notice, was very successful, attracting over 400 participants. The race became a regular event for a time. 

That same year, a commemorative race Herbie's Home "Town Loop" was started in Bellefonte. This race traversed one of Jeremy's favorite running routes in town, but also included other events such as bike rides, canoing, etc. For a time, both the Herbstritt Memorial 5K and the Herbie's event were put on at different times of the year. In 2014, the Jeremy Herbstritt Memorial 5K was folded into the Herbie's event.

Herbie's Home "Town Loop" is a 4 mile run through Bellefonte. It's a scenic, but hilly course.

The 2023 race will be held on Saturday, August 5, at 8:30 AM.

Funds raised from this year’s HHTL will benefit VTVCare and a local family (Popovitch) in need.

VTVCare is an endowment fund created by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation designed to provide financial assistance to mass shooting survivors nationwide to help cover long-term trauma-related medical and mental health care expenses that insurance and other governmental programs do not cover. For more information on VTVCare, please visit

On May 21, 2023, 19 year old, Haley Popovitch, Bellefonte, suffered severe 3rd degree burns over 50-60% of her body after tripping and falling into a fire pit at her home. She was life flighted to Lehigh Valley Burn Center for extensive treatments. Your donations will help her family cover medical treatments and recovery bills. Haley will have a long journey ahead of her but we are optimistic of her pushing through this very difficult time.

ENTRY FEES: $25 per individual event if postmarked by August 01, 2023. $30 per thereafter, and on race day.

T-shirts will be guaranteed to the first 100 entrants.

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Jeremy Herbstritt Memorial 5K - Past Results
2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013  

Herbie's Home "Town Loop" - Past Results
2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017 2018
2019 2020* 2021* 2022

* No race due to COVID