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More than a challenging run took place at the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon, host of the American 50 Mile Championships in October in central Pennsylvania’s Rothrock State Forest. The event also raised $5,000 for a State College based nonprofit organization, Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

Race director Mike Casper presented a check to CVIM representatives on Tuesday evening at the bimonthly meeting of the Nittany Valley Running Club at Hi-Way Pizza, 428 Westerly Parkway, in State College. Top individual and team fundraisers were also recognized. Photos of the presentations can be seen at the meeting minutes.

Centre Volunteers in Medicine serves the health and wellness needs of qualifying medically uninsured Centre County residents and their families. “We are thrilled at the enthusiastic support shown by participants of the Mountainback race,” said Executive Director Kristen Houser. “CVIM depends on support from community organizations and events such as the Mountainback to provide medical and dental care to our uninsured neighbors in Centre County.” A number of the agency’s staff, volunteers and board members volunteered or took part in the event.

Sponsors of the race included the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, Steve Bodner and Tom Cali of RE/MAX Centre Realty, Anthony G. DeBoef Esq., Appalachian Outdoors, The Bicycle Shop, The Hartman Agency, McClarren Financial Advisors, Nittany Valley Running Club, The North Face, The Resident Experts, Restek Corporation, The Sign Stop, and Tussey Mountain Family Fun Center.