Yahoo Listserve Being Phased Out - Join Our Google Group!
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
In the last few months, after 15 years of reasonably good service, the Club has experienced numerous incidents of unreliable service from Yahoo in the administration of its main listserve hosted through Yahoo. The Yahoo Discussion Group "NVRC” has had the highest volume among among our listserves, and much of its correspondece is time-sensitive. We’ve experienced several days over the course of a few months when email was not pushed out to the group for 12 to 24 hours. This unreliable service was apparently widespread among Yahoo users globally.
We have decided to move our main listserve to Google Groups. We will soon delete the Yahoo Group "NVRC". If you want to remain in touch with Club emails, you'll have to get a Gmail account and join the Google Group "Nittany Valley Running Club". To join, get a Gmail account if you don't already have one. It's pretty much like getting any other internet service like Hotmail, etc. It's free. You answer a few questions and you're in. Once you have a Gmail account, while signed in to your account, go to https://groups.google.com/. From there, search for the group "Nittany Valley Running Club", or click this link: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nvrun. Then click "Apply for membership". Fill in your preferences. [NOTE: In the "Apply to join" form, please use the text box there ("message to the manager") to say something about yourself. It helps us to weed out spammers.] After the administrator approves you, you'll be in!
These instructions and more are here.
NOTE: You do not have to be a dues-paying member of the NVRC to join our listserve, but we encourage you to join the Club!
We’ll keep the Yahoo Group open for a few more weeks during the transition and post some of our important correspondence to both places. But the Yahoo Group will be eliminated soon, so join the Google Group!
2013 Race Series Leader Board
- Written by Jake Clements and Alan Effrig Jake Clements and Alan Effrig
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!
Spring 2017 Running Workshop Series: Run Healthy, Run Strong
- Written by Cheryl Capone Cheryl Capone
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.
Here's an informational flyer.
Join the 2018 Marathoners For Medicine (M4M) Team
- Written by Jaimie Wright Jaimie Wright
Come be part of the 2018 Marathoners for Medicine team! If you are running a longish race this spring, please consider joining the team. We raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), a local organization that provides free and/or discounted medical and dental care to our neighbors in Centre County who lack health insurance. The need is great, and there is no better time to combine your love for running with an opportunity to enable more of our neighbors to live healthier lives.
We request that you dedicate your race to CVIM, and then ask your family and friends to support you by making a donation to CVIM. You are not required to raise a minimum dollar amount -- every dollar counts, and every dollar you raise goes directly to providing services at CVIM. You'll help to make a difference in our community.
There will be a team photo on March 29 at noon at the Multisport Facility Indoor Track on campus (where the NVRC holds track workouts). Greg Fredericks will once again be serving as an honorary coach, and we are hoping to have Sue Paterno return. The photo will be taken before the Thursday track workout, so feel free to stay for the workout. Please come if you are able and wear your CVIM singlet if you have one. We will try to have a few extra on hand if you don't have one.
The M4M fundraising pages are now going up on the CVIM web site. If you can't run with M4M this year, please take a moment and donate to the cause in the name of one or more of the athletes!
Join the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Draft Challenge Relay!
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
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.
2018 Race Series Cup
- Written by Marty Mazur Marty Mazur
The 2017 Race Series is in the books. Final tallies can be found here. The 2018 Race Series is well underway. So far we've had 2 races in the Series: the FIrst Knight Resolution Run 5K and the Indoor Mile Series. More races are coming, so lace up!
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
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
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!