Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur

The Sue Crowe Memorial 34th Annual Arts Festival 10K and 5K Races are on Sunday. Runners are welcome! The weather has been uncharacteristically cool this summer. Your perfect opportunity to set an Arts Fest PR! Visit the Arts Festival Race pages for more information.

But if you can't run, please volunteer and help make the races a big success. Here is Race Co-Director Dave Eggler's pitch. It's why we need you! Please contact Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help!

The Arts Fest Races are the sole source of income for the NVRC. They support our grants for youth running.  They support our donations to mOUnTaiNBACK and the CVIM Marathon Teams. They support the money we pay PSU for the winter indoor race series. They support race insurance so race directors can devote all their profits to charities. They support insurance for our group training activities.  They support the fees we pay for our award-winning website. And everything else, including (last and least) pizza and libations at our bi-monthly meetings. Without volunteers, the quality of the races would be lower, and fewer people would return.

Okay, enough pep talk.  We have the two water stops covered now.  Here are some jobs you can do if you ARE running the race:
1) packet stuffing 11 a.m. on Saturday.
2) A stint at the pre-registration table Saturday.
3) Race-day registration, which starts at 7.  You can quit when you need to warm up for your race.
4) post-race awards area, clean-up.

Jobs if you are not running the race, or your teenage son/daughter is not running the race:
1) stand on a critical corner so runners don't disappear into the ethos.
2) clip chips in the finish area.
3) registration.
4) post-race awards area, clean-up.