First Annual Nittany Valley Track Club Half-Marathon
Saturday, December 15, 1984

The first half-marathon actually coincided with the LAST Nittany Valley Track Club Marathon. The half-marathon course was an out-and-back course from HRB-Singer, which reportedly followed Old Gatesburg Road, Nixon Road, Whitehall Road, and Tadpole Road before turning around. Bob Heckard was the race director for this race and every other half-marathon through 1993. The temperature for the day hit a low of 41F and a high of 57F.

From the Centre Daily Times (Sunday December 16, 1984). The link gives a scan of the article and photo, courtesy of Terry Reid who ran a PR:

"Bethel Park runner captures NVTC Marathon"

"Carl Yehnert of Bethel Park captured the 13th annual Nittany Valley Track Club marathon yesterday in 2:33:38. Earlier in the year, Yehnert won the God's Country Marathon in Potter County.

Maryann Bonavida of Philipsburg, the race director for the yearly Black Moshannon State Park 10K, captured women's marathon honors in 3:38:44. Participating in the marathon were 33 runners.

The winner of the half marathon, which attracted 78 runners, was Williamsport's Bill Reifsnyder, former Bucknell runner. He captured the 13.1 mile race in 1:07:07.

Sue Crowe of State College took the women's race in 1:31:35.

In the 30-39 age group, Bill Knapp of State High was first, in 1:13.54. Hugh Hamill, a Penn State assistant track coach, was second in 1:17:31. Dan Lass of State College was third in 1:17:36.

Keith Ord, a Penn State Faculty member, was first in the 40-49 competition, in 1:21:44.

In the 50-59 division, Harry Lyons of State College was first, in 1:28.32. Penn State track Coach Harry Groves was second, in 1:29:55.

In the 18-and-under division, Mike Clark, 15, a 10th-grader at State College, was first in 1:21:39.

In women's 30-39 competition, Mary Margaret Kerns, of the Penn State biomechanics staff, was first (her time was unavailable).

Karin Constant, hometown unknown, was first among the 40-49 runners, in 1:38:15. Marie Doll of State College was second, in 1:46:10. Ginny Meredith, also of State College, was third in 1:51:33, State College.

In the 18-and-under competition, Robin Shepherd of State College, 18, was first in 1:50:27."

Half-Marathon Overall Results

Bill Reifsnyder              1:07:07
Bill Knapp, 30-39 1:13:54
Terry Reid 20-29 1:14:16
Hugh Hamill, 30-39 1:17:31
Dan Lass, 30-39 1:17:36
Keith Ord, 40-49 1:21:44
Harry Lyons, 50-59 1:28:32
Harry Groves, 50-59 1:29:55
Mike Clark, 15 1:21:39
Sue Crowe, 29 1:31:35
Karin Constant, 40-49 1:38:15
Marie Doll, 45 1:46:10
Robin Shepherd, 18 1:50:27
Ginny Meredith, 40-49 1:51:33
Harold Woodruff, 44

Marathon Results

Carl Yehnert                 2:33:38
L. Black

Back to the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon Page
Back to NVRC Home Page