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!

Read more: 2013 Race Series Leader Board

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.

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.

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.

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

http://nvrun.com/index.php/racing/club-sponsored/tussey-mountainback/dcr

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

NVRC Winter Blood Drive: Sign Up Now!

Online signup is now open for the Nittany Valley Running Club’s Winter Blood Drive on Thursday, January 18. Your participation can help save a life. You can schedule the time of your donation in just a minute or two. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the gym of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in downtown State College. The online appointment calendar is here, where you can click the arrow to choose your time. Walk-in donors are also welcome! Power donations (double-red) will also be possible at this drive. Please feel free to share this with family, friends and co-workers.  

You can also use RapidPass to do the Q&A part on the morning before your visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass 

If you like treats, incentives, entertainment, we’ve got ’em:

TREATS: Homemade cookies. This supplements the other snacks and beverages at the post-donation canteen.

INCENTIVES: As usual, there will be incentives and door prizes.

RUNNING FILMS: We’ll screen them to get you charged up for the winter and spring racing season!

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Here are several ways you can help make this drive successful: 

  • Volunteer for an hour or more (no experience needed)
  • Make a treat for the post-donation canteen
  • Donate blood yourself• invite your family and friends to donate

For useful tips to keep in mind before your donation, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/tips-successful-donation.

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

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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