2013 Race Series Leader Board

The 2013 Race Series is over! Please accept our apologies for the delay in getting results out. The new Race Series Scoring software took some time to get over its early bumps, and there were some problems along the way, including a hardware crash! Below is the list of this year's top finishers, those eligible for Awards.

This year's top point getter was again Alan Effrig. Alan has won the prize the last two years! A new Series rule regarding repeat winners stipulates that Alan is "on hiatus" until next year, but his points are posted as a challenge. First place this year goes to Tom Cali. Matt Smith came in second, and Dan Craighead was third. Marty Mazur was a close 4th. The top 3 get special awards, and anyone who got over 30 points will be rewarded.

There is no longer a contest for Volunteer of the Year, but Club volunteers are rewarded according to a points system. Top volunteers and their awards are also listed below.

Full tallies for the Race Series Cup and Volunteer Awards are here.

Information on the Race Series, Volunteer Awards, and full standings, can be found here. You must be an NVRC member to participate. If you want to participate in the 2014 Race Series, it's time to join the Club!

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2017 Race Series Cup

The 2017 Race Series is well underway. So far we've had 5 races in the Series with another one (the Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K) coming soon. Tallies are available right now for the first two races, First Night and the Indoor Mile Series. More will be added as we catch up.

Check your tallies here. If you spot an error, please contact Bob Shafer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check here for rules and here for the list of Series races. There are also numerous opportunities to earn Volunteer points: Helping out at NVRC races, at the NVRC/Centre Parks and Rec Youth Cross-Country Meets, Volunteer coaching with the Nittany Track and Field Youth Group, and donating blood at the NVRC Blood Drives, and many more. But to participate, you have to be an NVRC member to participate. Join the Club! More information on the Series is here.

The 2013 Draft Challenge Relay

John Sheakoski, the "Commish", has started the ball rolling on the 2013 Draft Challenge Relay, the "race within a race" of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon. The DCR, as it's known, is open to anyone who can run (not walk) their assigned Legs of the relay. The mOUnTaiNBACK has a new course this year, so there'll be a lot new going on, from new strategies to new training runs. So even if you're a DCR veteran, this year will have something different. Newcomers: Now's the time to jump in!

The DCR has its own web page including info on how to participate, results of all past DCRs, leg stats…pretty much everything you need to know. Here's the link


Bookmark it! It'll be updated regularly, and referring to the page will save the Commish a few headaches!

Spring 2017 Running Workshop Series: Run Healthy, Run Strong

The 2017 Spring Running Workshop Series is being put on by Cheryl Keller Capone, PhD, NASM-CPT and  Christine Dorman, USATF Level I. The workshops will be held at Tudek Park (at the pavilion) at 3 PM on four successive Sundays: April 30, May 7, May 14, and May 21. This program is designed for beginners as well as more advanced runners looking to improve their performance. Please come dressed to run. We also suggest bringing a large towel as some activities will be performed lying on the ground.

Each weekly session will have three main parts:

Part I will focus on topics such as breathing mechanics, core stability, and body weight strength training. The emphasis will be on instruction and proper technique, along with practice time. Each week will build upon the week prior, but it is not essential to attend every session. No experience required!

Part 2 will focus on dynamic warm up exercises/drills. Over the 4 week course, we  will cover differences between warming up for longer distances vs. speed work vs. races.

Part 3 will be a group run in Tudek Park around the 1.5 ml loop course - various pace groups available.

Registration: This program is FREE, but pre-registration is required and limited to 20 participants. To register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide your name, age, email address and phone number. 

Here's an informational flyer.

Boston Marathon Documentary To Screen In State College On January 4th


The Nittany Valley Running Club has secured a location to show BOSTON - the documentary on January 4th.

The catch is we need people to reserve tickets to see it now so that it'll actually happen. 

A little background about the documentary - BOSTON is the first ever feature-length documentary film about the world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon.

The film chronicles the story of the iconic race from its humble origins starting with only 15 runners to the present day. In addition to highlighting the event as the oldest annually contested marathon in the world, the film showcases many of the most important moments in more than a century of the race’s history. Evolving from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and eventually women, Boston becomes the stage for many firsts and in no small part the event that paved the way for the modern marathon and mass participatory sports. Here is the promo video for the film. The film is narrated by Matt Damon. https://vimeo.com/225479641

Reserve a ticket here: https://gathr.us/screening/21779

Join the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Draft Challenge Relay!

Have you thought about running the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay, but couldn't find a team to join? Or have you gotten a team of your buddies together year after year only to have the team fall apart before race day because of one excuse or another? Here's the remedy: Join the Draft Challenge Relay. The DCR is a pool of runners that are drafted into equal size teams with the objective of making the Draft teams as equal in overall talent as possible. The DCR teams then have a friendly race-within-race against each other. The DCR is open to runners of all abilities; the only requirement is that you be able to run (not walk) your assigned legs.  And it's quite possibly the most fun you'll have this Fall. This year the team size is 7, so there are opportunities for runners who want to run one or two legs of the 12 leg course. For more information, go to the DCR web page. The race is October 16. But you need to decide on whether you'd like to be in on the DCR by July 30. The Draft will be next month.

NVRC Supports 2017 United Way Day of Caring

It’s seven years in a row now. Cheree Jones helped to organize a crew of bushwhackers for the United Way Day of Caring, this time with the help of Liz Kisenwether. The project was again the golf course perimeter bikepath/jogging path, this time along the southwest edge of the Penn State Blue Golf Course along Blue Course Drive. Brush was also cleared at intersection of former railroad bed and road leading up to the Walker Clubhouse. The usual saplings, bushes, logs, branches, vines, and thickets had encroached on the jogging path.

The volunteers were: Keller Williams Realty, Kid Tech, the Penn State Women's Softball and Lacrosse Teams (around 60 volunteers from among these groups, including over 20 from each of the PSU women's teams), and Joe Hughes--Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager/Head Golf Professional, who helped tremendously with the planning and execution, and Liz and Jim Kisenwether 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, as usual, chipped in to pay for some food and refreshment. Here are a few pictures, courtesy of Cheree Jones.

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Group shot of some of the participants in the 2017 Day of Caring

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