Girls On The Run Approves Centre County Chapter

Girls on the Run is a volunteer-led program that helps 3rd through 8th grade girls uncover their extraordinary potential, demonstrate courage, and generally embrace being "fantabulous." GOTR weaves training for a 5K run with fun, experience-based lessons that improve self-awareness, build a collection of positive experiences and inspire life-changing confidence through accomplishment. After a year of research, community interviews and preparation the Steering Committee of seven members received news on Monday, August 1 that all their hard work had paid off. You can find out more about the Centre County GOTR chapter, and how you can help, here.

Tuesday Evening Track Workouts Moving To 7 PM

The Tuesday Evening track workout, run by Bree Studenka with help from Jayson Jackson, is moving to 7 PM. They can do it earlier now because the Nittany Track and Field Youth Club, which Bree and Jayson help coach on that track, is done for the summer. It's a good thing, since the sun is setting noticeably earlier these days. Come on out to the State High track for a great evening workout!

NVRC on Facebook

The Nittany Valley Running Club has been on Facebook for a while. Now we have a Fan page. We plan to update the page with the latest race information, group run plans, and other activities. If you go there and "Like" us, our updates will automatically appear in your newsfeed.


No Adult Summertime All-Comer Track Meets This Year

The Nittany Valley Running Club has hosted All-Comer outdoor summer track meets for adults off and on over the years. There will be no All-Comer meets in 2011. But that doesn't mean the tracks will be empty! Stop by the State College Area High School track on Tuesday evenings and watch the NVRC-sponsored Nittany Track and Field Youth Group work out. They're the future stars of the local running scene. And stick around afterward until dusk for an adult track workout mentored by Bree Studenka and Jayson Jackson. And, as always, the Thursday Track Crew takes over the Penn State Track over the lunch hour.

Check back next year for the All-Comers Meets! 

2010 Race Series Results

The 2010 NVRC Race Series and Volunteer of the Year competition wrapped up with December's Nittany Valley Half-Marathon. The winners of this year's competition are:

Race Series

1st Place: Cory Neff

2nd Place: Meira Minard

3rd Place: Alan Effrig

Volunteer of the Year:

1st Place: Mike Casper

2nd Place: Marty Mazur

3rd Place: Jerry Steffy

Awards will be presented at the next bimonthly meeting of the NVRC, which will be at 6:30 PM on February 1 at the Hi-Way Pizza on North Atherton.

The 2011 Series has already begun with the First Night Resolution Run 5K and continues this week with the start of the Indoor Mile Series. All you need to participate is to be member of the NVRC. Details on the Series can be found here.You can join the NVRC here.

Nittany Track and Field Youth Club Begins Training the First Week of May

Girls and boys, ages 8 to 18, with or without track experience are invited to join the program.The practice starts May 2nd at the State College High School Track. Hours will be 6:15 to 7:45 pm Monday through Thursday (except holidays). Attendance is flexible. The season will run until July 21st. We will hold an Informational meeting on Friday, April 29, 6:30 pm, at the High School track for athletes, coaches, and volunteers.The form and information for athlete registration can be found on our registration page:

The mission of the NTF’s track program is to provide qualified instruction and a fun environment for kids of virtually all ages to try different track and field events, learn the basics of athletic training, gain fitness and new skills, and develop discipline to pursue personal goals. Learning and training are emphasized above the competition or scores, although track meets are also included as part of learning experience. And of course, fun, game activities, new friends are great bonuses that kids will get by participating in the Club through the summer.

Check out the current updates on the Club website: Please spread this information to anybody who you know may be interested. If you have questions about NTF, contact Mark Fedkin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 814-876-0461

Andrew Webb to Run Tussey mOUnTainBACK to Honor Memory of His Wife

Some of you know Andrew Webb, a Rec Hall Regular who has participated in the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK as a relay runners several times. Andrew's wife died suddenly in April. Nadine was a professor, teacher, and researcher in bioengineering. She was also a respected mentor of many young women students and scientists. To honor his wife's memory and legacy, Andrew has established the Nadine Barrie Smith Mentor Award, a scholarship in her name to encourage women in engineering through Penn State. To promote awareness of this award and to encourage donations to the fund for the award, Andrew will be running the mOUnTaiNBACK this year as an ultramarathoner. Andrew has run several marathons, but has never done anything approaching the challenges of the 50 miler. Andrew does not have a specific monetary goal in mind for this effort. But please read the Penn State Live article about Nadine, Andrew, and the award he has established here: . And then consider making a donation to the award fund. Donations to the Nadine Barrie Smith Mentor Award can be made at: Please remember to note that your gift is for the Nadine Barrie Smith Mentor Award (SCDSZ) in the College of Engineering. For information about the Nadine Barrie Smith Mentor Award, contact John Dietz, director of development, at 814-863-3848.