July 16, 2006

The 31st edition of the Arts Festival 5 and 10K races was held Sunday 16 July 2006. This year the race took on a special meaning because it was re-named the "Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Race" in honor of Sue Crowe, who was killed earlier this year in an automobile accident.  We were privileged to have a number of Crowes participating in the race:

John Crowe - Boalsburg - age 12 - 24:42 in the 5K
Paul Crowe - Boalsburg - age 14 - 42:05 in the 10K
Edel Crowe - Boalsburg - age 16 - 44:46 in the 10K
Peter Crowe - Boalsburg - age20 - 45:44 in the 10K
Christina Hunsberger - Clifton Park, NY - age 25 - 42:47 in the 10K
Bob Crowe - Boalsburg - age 58 - 48:48 in the 10K

Christina was first in her age group and Paul was first in his age group.

The new course is only two years old, so lots of course records were set, despite the warm temperatures:

New Course Records:

2006 10K

A J. Kelly, 24, Altoona, PA      32:52 

The 2005 time was 33:47 by Chris Foster

Paige Miller, 23, State College, PA    36:26 

The 2005 time was 41:11 by Sonja Hinish

2006 5K

Sean McFarland, 19, Macungie, PA    16:38   

The 2005 time was 17:37 by Andy Cunningham

Miesha Marzell, 31, State College, PA  18:26   

The 2005 time was 18:48 by Amanda Mitchell

We had 220 runners finish the 5K and 305 finished the 10K. This  is down slightly from last year when we had 219 in the 5K and 316 in the 10K

This year Brent Melius, UOC Physical Therapist and some of his colleagues set up a tent and supplied information and much appreciated cold compresses. They were also a big help when it came to moving tables and cases of water.  RSuper Foods were another new addition to the race. They supplied nutritious donuts and buns. Look for them soon in the local supermarkets. The Diner supplied the stickies, and Pro Copy did our photocopying.  UOC once again generously sponsored  the blue race t-shirts, Centre Communicatons supplied the 2-way radios, Roaring Spring supplied water, Appalachian Outdoors, Rapid Transit, Old Main Frame Shop, and The Spikes donated raffle prizes. The Bicycle Shop donated the raffle grand prize - a bicycle which was won by Paige Andrew of Lemont. Congratulations Paige and thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle.  The club was able to raise an additional $115. Did everyone notice the new mile markers? Remember to Thank Tom Cali of RE/MAX for those markers, you will be seeing them at future races.

There is no way to thank everyone who pitched in and made this race the success that it was but I am going to try. Registration was handled by Kate P.  Course design and layout by Marty M. and race day course patrol by Marty K. Head waterboy was Jim T. Food prep by Sharon S. Thanks to Dave E. for hauling things back and forth from the storage unit, clean-up patrol, and keeping track of the money.  The water stations were
manned by a number of new and veteran volunteers including the Fescemyer, Hilands, and Lesieutre familes and Lynn J.  The registration table did not get backed up once thanks to everyone who pitched in  with last minute registrations and chip hand out including Mike C., Kate P. Kim G., Ann W., Tara M., and Sancy N.  Thanks also to Larry and Jan, Ann W., Vicki S. and everyone who helped direct traffic on the course.  Putting on a race this size takes a lot more help than you realize, the Martys estimated that we would need 23 course monitors alone.  So give yourselves a big pat on the back.  

If you know of someone who was an age group winner and they did not receive their prize please contact me so we can hook them up with their medal or mug. Also if you were a volunteer and did not receive a t-shirt and would like one please contact me. If you have any suggestions on how to make the race even better next year feel free to contact me or any of the club officers. One suggestion that was already mentioned was the addition of a third water station. This has been taken under consideration.

The 2007 version of the race will be held on Sunday 15 July - See you there

Amy Paster, Director

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