NVRC Fall Runners Seminar Series

Our Spring runner’s seminar series was a success. We’re doing it again. The Fall seminar series will be presented by Dr. Jon Carlson at Champion Sports Rehab. He has some really great topics that I think will be of great interest to many in the club. All seminars will take place at the State College Area YMCA and the cost is only $5/seminar for NVRC members and students ($10 for non-members). The events are on our Calendar online: http://nvrun.com/index.php/community/calendars

More information below:

Seminar 1 - Champion Sports Rehab: Biomechanics of Running
*Gait Analysis
*To Heel Strike or Not
*Picking the Right Shoe
When: Tuesday, Oct 27th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/CSRBiomechanics

Seminar 2 - Champion Sports Rehab: Rehab for Runners
*Common Injuries & Causes
*Injury Prevention
*Stretches for Runners
*Kinesio-Taping & Orthotics
When: Thursday, Nov 5th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/CSRRehab

Seminar 3 - Champion Sports Rehab presents: Training to be a Better Runner
*Cross Training Benefits
*Functional Training
*Physical Performance Testing
*Functional Movement Testing
When: Tuesday, Nov 10th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/CSRTraining

If anyone has any questions, please email Cheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nittany Track and Field Youth Cross Country Is Starting!

If you have children who are interested in cross country training this fall, please see below: 

Nittany Track and Field youth club invites girls and boys ages 8-18 to participate in the youth cross country program. Practice starts next week!

The goal of the program is to create a positive and fun atmosphere for youth to learn the the basics of distance running and cross country as a sport. The program promotes active lifestyle and encourages the kids to set goals and develop skills and commitment to work towards those goals over the season. Both beginners and experienced runners are welcome.

Practices will be held Monday through Thursday, 5:45 to 7:15 pm, starting August 24th, at Tudek Memorial Park and on Sundays, 3:00 to 4:30 pm at different locations (TBA)

More information is available on the NTF website: www.ntfxc.com or you can email me any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





Weekend Group Runs

Here are some details about the group runs including what sponsoring entails and how we plan the calendar.

Run Sponsors

Sponsoring a run is really pretty easy. Usually it just means you put out some water in designated water drops along the course and pick up the cups afterwards. Here's a list with some more details:

  • Drop water at a few places along the course and at start/end.  We try to mark the water drop locations on the maps for each run... normally somewhere out of sight (so a good samaritan doesn't "clean it up" for us!).  The water drops are normally just a gallon of water (tap is fine) and a stack of paper cups in a plastic bag.  Optionally you can add some gatorade, gu, etc., especially if there's a long run option.
  • Pick up the water/trash after the run
  • Try to make sure no one gets left behind.  The group can do run-backs for slower runners, wait at decision points along the course, find equally paced running partners, etc.

There's also other optional things a sponsor might do depending on the details of the run:

  • Bring a few copies of course map for new comers... no need for this is the course is simple, such as an out & back.
  • Optionally organize post-run activities, e.g. breakfast / brunch, coffee, picnic, cheer on racers, etc.

Sponsoring a run also has its benefits:

  • Fame and fortune!
  • You pretty much get to pick the run if you'd like.  Have a favorite place/route?  Volunteer to sponsor and we'll add it to the calendar!

Calendar Planning:

Group run goals:

  • Regular meeting times
  • Provide run support (water, etc.)
  • Variety of distances and paces
  • Plan weeks to months in advance
  • Variety of starting locations.  Mix in new locations w/old favorites.
  • Support local races. When there's a local race the official club run will often be running the race itself. If it's a longer run we may plan another group run that allows us to cheer on the racers afterwards.

Group run guidelines:

  • Starting Time:
    • 7:00 am - June thru September? (Beat the heat)
    • 8:00 am - October thru May? (Post sunrise)
    • Later for brunch options?
  • How to do mapping?


  • Start by adding any local races we want to support
  • Add one run each weekend near State College
  • Add one run each weekend a bit farther out (e.g. Bellefonte)
  • Look for new courses in surrounding towns for variety
  • Track the runs we have and how many people attend ()
  • For each run:
    • Plan several courses w/various distances, 3M, 5M, 10M
    • For trail runs, have a non-trail option
    • For longer races, plan a shorter run for non-racers
    • Ask people to sponsor - let them know how easy it is
    • Potential post-run activities
  • Keep a log of past runs, all club runs, and try to rotate through all of them.
  • Popular runs more oftten
  • Ask for to suggest their favorite runs - hopefully they will sponsor it.

Possible future runs:

  • start location Bernel Park near airport - Bellfonte loop
  • Get ideas from biking site?
  • Game lands - non-trail option?
  • Tofftrees Trail - sunset Park
  • Lemont
  • Boalsburg
  • Pine Grove Mills
  • Four Hills
  • Pensylvania Furnace
  • Tunnel Loop
  • Port Matilda
  • Stormstown
  • Bellefonte
  • Circleville trail
  • - Wind Mill run
  • Mount Nittany Marathon - Club sponsored water stop? Shorter group run before hand (e.g. watch race start, short-cut run to water stop arriving before first runners)

Arts Fest, Flutopia, Herbies's Home town loop


Group Run History

Location  Dates Attendee Count Notes
Bernel Road Park  7/11/2015  2  
Cherry Run Trail  6/20/2015  9  
Spring Creek Canyon  6/28/2015  4  
   7/5/2015  6  
Spring Creek Park  6/14/2015  10