A hearty thanks to everyone who came out to donate, invited someone to donate, or helped someone get to the Nittany Valley Running Club’s Winter Blood Drive! The NVRC’s reason for hosting blood drives is to encourage healthy, able donors to come out and donate, because just 4% of the population is providing blood for the nation’s emergency needs, so you generous donors are invaluable. With your generosity, we collected 12 units of whole blood at this drive. That translates to saving up to 36 lives – which is no small achievement. Thank you!

Our presenting donors were treated to fresh Pizza Hut pizza, running films, and recent Trail Runner and Ultrarunning magazines. Whether you were able or unable to participate in this drive, we encourage you to take a moment to put the NVRC’s Fall Blood Drive, set for Thursday, Sept. 10, on your calendar now – it’s likely to creep up on us before we know it!

The presenting blood donors, volunteers, and those whose lives may be saved by those donations were the drive’s many winners. Drawing prizes went to:

Jim M. – The NVRC Rodney Myers Memorial 17th Annual Egg Hill 10 Miler and Relay entry (May 5). Link:

Suzanne W. – Crack O’ Dawn 5K Run/Walk & Pancake Breakfast entry (June 6). Link:

Erin Y. – 45th Annual Sue Crowe Memorial NVRC Arts Festival 5K and 10K Races (5K-10K) entry (July 12). Link:

Kathryn H. – $100 credit toward an individual or team entry in the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon (Oct. 11). Link:



If you donated at this drive, you’ll be eligible again on March 13. If you didn’t donate at this drive, we encourage you to seek out a blood drive near you anytime! 

Thanks for supporting the American Red Cross and the NVRC!