Marathoners For Medicine (M4M)
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
The Nittany Valley Running Club Marathoners For Medicine (M4M) is a team of NVRC runners who raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine. CVIM is a local community health resource center that provides medical care, dental care, case management, and medication assistance to our local neighboring residents without health insurance. M4M participants help by running a Spring marathon, half-marathon, or ultramarathon road or trail race and soliciting donations for CVIM from friends, relatives, and colleagues, with the race they are running as a focus of their fundraising.
Marathoners For Medicine started in 2003 when John Domico decided to raise funds for CVIM as part of his running of the Boston Marathon. The next year, he had several companions and the Marathoners For Medicine has grown since then. M4M has raised close to a million dollars for CVIM over the years.
If you are planning to run a long Spring race and would like your effort to benefit an excellent local charity, sign up for M4M. Runners pay their race expenses and then solicit funds from people they know via email, social media, and though a fundraising page that is set up for them on the CVIM web site. CVIM depends on donations, and any amount that an M4M runner raises by being part of the team goes directly to CVIM.
For those not running a marathon or half-marathon, but who would still like to donate to CVIM in the name of the M4M team, details on how to do so for the 2017 runners will appear shortly.
M4M has a kick-off potluck and media day every Spring. M4Mers go in groups to Boston, Pittsburgh, Poconos, and several other marathons and half-marathons, as well as ultramarathons and long trail races. Marty Klanchar produced a list of marathons and half-marathons for 2017. But really, any long Spring race can serve as a focus.
If you want to donate to the 2017 team, or to individual runners on that team, visit the M4M fundraising page at CVIM.
2016 Marathoners For Medicine Team Still Needs Runners!
- Written by Jaimie Wright Jaimie Wright
Are you training for a marathon, half-marathon, or trail race this Spring? Be part of the Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) Marathoners for Medicine Challenge Team and use your love of running to make a difference to our neighbors without health insurance get affordable medical and dental care.
Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a local community health resource center that provides medical care, dental care, case management, and medication assistance to our local neighboring residents without health insurance. They depend on donations, and any amount that you raise by being part of the team goes directly to CVIM.
Whether or not you can join a team this year, please consider giving to this year's CVIM Marathoners For Medicine team. Here's a link to the donations page. Pick a runner, or give in the name of the whole team!
Please also save the date for our Media Day: April 14 at 12 PM at the Horace Ashenfelter III Multi-Sport Facility. And join our Facebook group to keep in touch with the rest of the team.
NVRC Fall Runners Seminar Series
- Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
Our Spring runner’s seminar series was a success. We’re doing it again. The Fall seminar series will be presented by Dr. Jon Carlson at Champion Sports Rehab. He has some really great topics that I think will be of great interest to many in the club. All seminars will take place at the State College Area YMCA and the cost is only $5/seminar for NVRC members and students ($10 for non-members). The events are on our Calendar online: http://nvrun.com/index.php/community/calendars
More information below:
Seminar 1 - Champion Sports Rehab: Biomechanics of Running
*To Heel Strike or Not
*Picking the Right Shoe
When: Tuesday, Oct 27th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/CSRBiomechanics
Seminar 2 - Champion Sports Rehab: Rehab for Runners
*Common Injuries & Causes
*Stretches for Runners
*Kinesio-Taping & Orthotics
When: Thursday, Nov 5th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/CSRRehab
Seminar 3 - Champion Sports Rehab presents: Training to be a Better Runner
*Cross Training Benefits
*Physical Performance Testing
*Functional Movement Testing
When: Tuesday, Nov 10th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/CSRTraining
Participants Needed For Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
- Written by Marty Klanchar Marty Klanchar
Penn State’s Club Cross Country team has invited us to participate in their second annual “Miles for Smiles” fundraiser, benefiting Penn State’s THON. You might recall seeing a video of last year’s finish on the Runner’s World web site. It certainly looked like a lot of fun for a great cause.
The Miles for Smiles fundraiser involves a 46 hour continuous run on a treadmill, with multiple runners taking turns to complete the 46 hour time period. PSU Club Cross Country has offered the NVRC one hour to run and help with the fundraising. The event will be held in a downtown apartment building, starting Jan 29 at 6pm, and ending Jan 31 at 4pm. Note that this is the same time frame as THON (although a few weeks earlier). We have some flexibility as to when we “run” our hour.
NVRC would like to have 3 runners participate, each running 20 minutes, to fill up our hour. We would also like the runners to solicit funds for their run, either by a flat donation, or via a pledged amount per mile. We suggest a NVRC goal of $500, with each runner soliciting pledges totaling $150-$200. All of the money raised goes to THON.
For those not interested in running, but want to support NVRC runners during our time slot, the 46-hour event will feature a different theme and alternative activities each hour. Some of these hour-long events will include yoga, friendly competitions, movies, and many more while somebody is running. It would be great to have a nice group of members present to show our support.
Nittany Track and Field Youth Cross Country Is Starting!
- Written by Mark Fedkin Mark Fedkin
If you have children who are interested in cross country training this fall, please see below:
Nittany Track and Field youth club invites girls and boys ages 8-18 to participate in the youth cross country program. Practice starts next week!
The goal of the program is to create a positive and fun atmosphere for youth to learn the the basics of distance running and cross country as a sport. The program promotes active lifestyle and encourages the kids to set goals and develop skills and commitment to work towards those goals over the season. Both beginners and experienced runners are welcome.
Practices will be held Monday through Thursday, 5:45 to 7:15 pm, starting August 24th, at Tudek Memorial Park and on Sundays, 3:00 to 4:30 pm at different locations (TBA)
NVRC Supports 2015 United Way Day of Caring
- Written by Marty Mazur Marty Mazur
For the fifth year in a row, Cheree Jones and Sheryl Balkey helped to organize a crew of bushwhackers for the United Way Day of Caring,. The project was again the golf course perimeter bikepath/jogging path, this time along the south and west edges of the Penn State Blue Golf Course. There were saplings, bushes, brush, assorted shrubs, and unruly tree branches that were clogging and cluttering the path, as well as an ungainly tree blocking the view of runners, bikers, and drivers approaching the path's crossing of the Clubhouse Road.
The volunteers were: SF & Company (12 volunteers), Joe Hughes--Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager/Head Golf Professional, who helped tremendously with the planning and execution, and Sheryl & Seth Balkey 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 chipped in to pay for some food and refreshment. Here are a few pictures.
Many hands make light work of shrubs, brush, and trees!