NVRC Supports 2019 United Way Day of Caring
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
The 2019 United Way Day of Caring brought crews totaling 65 volunteers to the jogging/walking/biking trail adjacent to the Penn State Golf Courses to clear brush from wooded parts of the trail. The trail has been a Centre County United Way Day of Caring project each year from 2011-2019. Joe Hughes--Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager, Liz & Jim Kisenwether, and Cheree Jones coordinated the project.
This year's volunteers: The Penn State University men's lacrosse team, State College Borough employees, Joe Hughes--Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager, Liz Kisenwether--KidTech, Inc., Jim Kisenwether, Cheree Jones, and several individuals worked tirelessly to clear brush and make the trail safer.
The Nittany Valley Running Club, as usual, chipped in for food and drinks (lunch).
Here are some photo highlights of the day.
State College Borough Volunteers and Liz Kisenwether
Volunteers from the Penn State Lacrosse team
Marathoners For Medicine Raise $45,000 For CVIM
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
The NVRC Marathoners For Medicine raise money for Centre Volunteers In Medicine, a local medical and dental clinic serving the working poor in our area. Participants use a spring race as a focal point for their fundraising efforts. You don’t have to run a marathon to be part of the team. Sue Forster at Centre Volunteers In Medicine announced that the Marathoners For Medicine fundraising campaign of the NVRC raised $45,000 for CVIM in this year's effort. Here's the announcement:
"The 2019 Marathoners' team raised $45,000 to support the medically uninsured living or working in Centre County. Whether you believe in CVIM because you too have experienced the cost of being uninsured, because being a part of the team gives you the incentive to run/a purpose beyond personal accomplishment, or you are grateful for your health and health insurance YOU are a part of helping to save lives. Being a M4M team member means that you help to relieve dental pain, detect cancer earlier, get patients much needed medications and SO MUCH MORE.”
Minutes of the February 5th 2019 Meeting of the NVRC
- Written by Erika Christiansen Erika Christiansen
Club officers present: Bob Shafer (president), Dave Eggler (treasurer), Marty Mazur (communications director), Erika Christiansen (secretary/archivist). Others present: Cheryl Keller Capone, Dean Capone.
Club officers present: Bob Shafer (president), Dave Eggler (treasurer), Marty Mazur (communications director), Erika Christiansen (secretary/archivist). Others present: Cheryl Keller Capone, Dean Capone, Dave DeGroote, David Lloyd, Rev. Carl Miller, Doug Schunk, Chris Hunsberger.
The officers discussed a date for the Give ‘Em 5! race. November 10th which is two weeks after the Tussey Mountainback will be the set date for the race and very appropriate since Monday November 11th is Veterans Day. This race is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices and commitments of our community's brave veterans. Funds raised from this race will be made available to veterans in need of financial assistance through the Veterans Assistance Fund.
Nittany Track and Field Youth Track Program To Start Season Monday, April 29!
- Written by Mark Fedkin Mark Fedkin
Nittany Track and Field youth club is kicking off its 2019 track season this coming week – Our first practice will be on the State College High School track on April 29th. The club is open to any youth athletes in the age range from 7 to 18, and its main mission is to create environment for the kids to be introduced to the track and field as a sport, learn new skills, and train to achieve their athletic goals. The program is suitable for both experienced athletes and beginners.
The practices will be held from 6:15 to 7:45 pm Monday through Thursday (except for the youngest group which practices two days a week), and our season goes until July 18. The lead coaches for the summer program are Mark Fedkin, Andrew Maguire, Matt Lindenberg, and Jayson Jackson. We are also engaging a number of event coaches and volunteers for our practices. The events we are practicing for this season include: sprints, distance, hurdles, jumps (long, high, triple), and throws (shot, discus, javelin). Also we are looking to organize several youth pole vault clinics over the summer.
For more information about NTF club and our summer and fall programs, please visit our website www.ntfxc.com or connect to our Facebook page. Also I will be happy to answer any questions about the program.
2019 Winter Blood Drive Is Successful
- Written by Mike Casper Mike Casper
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, which was held on January 17 at State College Presbyterian Church! The NVRC’s reason for hosting blood drives is to encourage healthy, able individuals to come out and donate, because currently it is just 4% of the population that provides the blood for the nation’s emergency needs, so you generous donors are invaluable. With your generosity, we collected 19 units of whole blood at this drive and made our goal! That translates to saving up to 57 lives – which is no small achievement. Thank you!
Our presenting donors were treated to fresh Pizza Mia pizza, running films, the new Trail Runner magazine and friendly conversation. 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. 12, on your calendar now. Online appointments will be available about 6 weeks before the drive.
WINNERS: The presenting blood donors, volunteers, and all those whose lives may be saved by those donations were the drive’s many winners.
Drawing prizes went to:
Emily R. – Egg Hill 10 Miler entry (4/7/19)
Wayne W. – Crack O'Dawn 5K entry (6/15/19)
Hongquyen P. – Arts Fest Races entry (7/14/19)
WHEN AM I ELIGIBLE TO GIVE AGAIN?
If you donated at this drive, you’ll be eligible again on March 7. If you didn’t donate at this drive, you can donate anytime at a drive that fits your schedule. The last date to donate this summer and be eligible to give again at the NVRC’s Sept. 12 drive is July 18.
Thanks for supporting the American Red Cross and the NVRC!
Nittany Valley Half-Marathon Donates $25000 to Centre Volunteers in Medicine
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
The 2018 NVRC Nittany Valley Half-Marathon, held last December, was a big success. The race has been growing the last couple of years under the direction of Katrina D’Anca and her crew of volunteers. The race had 450 runners in 2016, then up to nearly 500 in 2015, but grew to over 650 last year despite some dicey weather. With that success, the Half was able to donate $25,762 from proceeds of the 2018 race to its beneficiary, Centre Volunteers in Medicine. The NVRC has been a significant contributor to the CVIM through its Marathoners for Medicine team (over $600,000 in the last 15 years) and the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon.
Marathoners for Medicine Team to Hold Kick-Off Dinner January 30
- Written by Jaimie Wright Jaimie Wright
The Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) Marathoners for Medicine Team will hold its kick-off dinner on Wednesday, January 30 at CVIM (2520 Green Tech Dr unit D, State College, PA 16803) at 6:00, and we'd love to have you join us if you're racing this spring. We take all racers and all distances.
The Marathoners for Medicine team raises money to support CVIM, a fantastic community organization that provides free and assisted medical and dental care to low-income people who live and work in Centre County and their families. It's a fantastic opportunity for you to combine your love of running with a chance to benefit our community.
Come learn about the team, tour the clinic, and enjoy good food and fellowship with your fellow runners. Please sign up to bring a dish to share by January 26. Depending on the headcount, we may adjust the quantity of food and paper products on the signup.
Please sign up for the potluck or respond to Jaimie Wright if you can come so she can get an accurate count by Saturday, January 26.
CVIM is a fantastic cause, and we hope you'll consider joining us on January 30.