Nittany Track and Field Summer Program Sign-ups!

The Nittany Track and Field (NTF) youth club starts its 11th track season this May and invites youth athletes from 8 to 18 years old to join. We create training opportunities for both beginners and experienced athletes. Whether the kids have competitive goals or simply want to work on technique, strength, endurance, or just learn new things, NTF is a great place to spend some time during the summer.

Practice starts Tuesday May 5th at the State College High School Track. The season will go until July 17th. Practices are scheduled for Monday through Thursday from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. Registration is now open - please visit our Registration page for sign-up forms and other details.

We have a great group of coaches coming back this summer, and we plan a lot of different activities and events this season. New this year, NTF Club will host a youth invitational meet on June 6th - Central PA Youth Track Meet, which will hopefully provide a new competitive opportunity youth in Central PA. We are looking for volunteers for both club practices and the track meet mentioned above.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help or have any questions about the program. Please spread this info to anyone you think could be interested.

For more information about the NTF club and updates, please visit our website

Free University Wilderness First Aid Series

Central PA is an excellent place for running on trails and forest roads. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. So – what do you do? Find out in this series, held on four Wednesdays between now and June at Appalachian Outdoors at 123 South Allen Street in State College. The series is led by seasoned Wilderness Medical Specialist and EMT, Tim Kohler. Bring your questions! Ages 8 and up are welcome. Refreshments served. Sessions run from 7 to 8 PM. Series flyer.

April 22 - Session One: Wilderness Injury: Now what?
Tim will highlight the assessment process, awareness of surroundings, and getting the help required.

May 13 - Session 2: Breathe & Gasp! Respiratory Issues and Things that May Bite.
Tim will focus on asthma, allergies, and creatures such as spiders, ticks, and snakes that can turn a good day into a bad one.

May 27 - Session Three: You’re Running Hot & Cold
This session will cover thermoregulation; hypothermia, hyperthermia – and dehydration for good measure.

June 10 - Session Four: Don’t Leave Home Without These! 
What do I need to carry? Find out in this session. Tim will let you know which essentials items need to be with you when you head out into the wild.

Tuesday Evening Track: It's Good To Be Back!

July 29, 2014


Tuesday Evening Track returned on a cool, cloudy evening. Ten runners showed up, including a couple of kids from Mark Fedkin’s Nittany Track and Field Youth Group. Marty Klanchar, Andy and Matt Maguire, John and Jacob Iceland, Mark and Nikita Fedkin, Adam Ilgen, Bob Shafer, and Marty Mazur showed up at the Penn State Track.

We tried to follow the format of the old Tuesday Track workouts of a few years ago. The main difference between these and lunchtime Thursday Track is that we have more time in the evening. This allows us to do two things: some track warm-ups and plyometric exercises, and more volume in the workout itself.

Mark Fedkin got the ball rolling with about 15 minutes of track warm-ups taken right from his NT&F playbook. These included toe-walking, heel-walking, running with various kinds of knee lift, skipping, jumping jacks, and backwards and sideward exercises. It looked like an elementary school gym class, but all these exercises are used to increase flexibility, range of motion, and turnover.

Marty Klanchar called the main workout, a downward ladder: 1600-1200-800-400, at 5K+ pace with long (400m) rests between reps. The rest didn’t seem long enough after the 1600, but the workout got easier and faster at the bottom of the ladder.

Tuesday Evening Track will continue through August and hopefully into September. We will move the workouts to the High School track as soon as it’s available again. We may move the start time earlier as we lose daylight. We’ll let you know.


NVRC Winter Blood Drive Results

Thanks to all who braved the wild winter weather, baked, volunteered, and came out to donate at yesterday’s NVRC blood drive. The drive collected 15 units, and we had two first-time donors! That and the unbeatable NVRC energy made the day enjoyable. If you weren’t able to donate at this drive, we hope to see you at the next one!

Special thanks to Bob and Kathleen Crowe for volunteering, Sarah Clements for child care and homemade treats (she took care of the Clements’ two children while Jake donated), and Jaimie Wright and Meira Minard for more delicious treats.

Winners of the prizes drawn at the drive were:

Rebecca Stewart – free entry to Arts Fest Races (5K, 10K, or 10 Mile)(7/12/15)

George Lesieutre – free entry to Crack O’ Dawn 5K (6/28/15)

Chris Menseck – free entry to Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K (5/9/15)

Kassidy Colton – free entry to Linden Loop 5 Miler (5/3/15)

George Conrad – free entry to Allegheny Front Trail Run (20K or 50K)(7/25/15)

Kathy Moir – winter fleece or cap

Jake Clements – winter fleece or cap

It’s never too early to put the next installment of this unique drive on your calendar. The next drive will be on Thursday, Sept. 10, a few days after the 2015 Mount Nittany Marathon (Sept. 6).

Thanks for supporting the NVRC and the American Red Cross!

Youth Cross-Country Meets For 2013

All area youth age 14 and under are invited to this Fall's cross country (X-C) runs. The focus is on fun, fitness and the skill common to many sports - running. All of this year's races will be run at the new State College Area High School cross-country course, which is at Circleville Park, at 3225 Circleville Road in Patton Township.  Participation is free of charge! The Fall 2013 X-C runs are on: Saturday September 14th and 28th and October 12th. For more information and required release form, go to our Youth Cross-Country page.

NVRC Supports 2014 United Way Day of Caring

For the 2014 United Way Day of Caring, Cheree Jones and Sheryl Balkey organized a crew of bushwackers for the fourth year in a row. The project was again the golf course perimeter bike path/jogging path, this time along the northwest side of the Penn State Blue Golf Course. There were saplings, bushes, brush, assorted shrubs, and unruly tree branches that were clogging and cluttering the path. The volunteers were:  SF& Company (12 volunteers), Joe Hughes--Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager/Head Golf Professional, Sheryl & Seth Balkey and Cheree Jones. The crew cleared the way so that runners have a clear treadway and golfers can see runners so they can yell "fore!". The NVRC chipped in to pay for some food and refreshment. Here are a few pictures.


The clean-up crew.

Read more: NVRC Supports 2014 United Way Day of Caring

Pittsburgh Marathon Clinic

Who: Club XC Runners, Club Cross Country President Ryan Hogan, Luke Watson (former professional marathoner for Mizuno), and any NVRC Members who wish to attend
What: We will spend some time going over the course map and elevation chart from the Pittsburgh Marathon/Half, and then Luke Watson will share strategies and tips for running your best race yet. There will be a time for an open group discussion as well.
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7PM …. and lasting until 8pm
Where: Room 258 in the Willard building on the PSU Campus

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