Participants Needed For Miles for Smiles Fundraiser

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.

If you are interested in running (and fundraising), or just want to watch and cheer, or donate to the event, please contact Marty Klanchar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 814-360-9477. Also indicate when you are available to run during the 46 hour period. If we get more than 3 NVRC members wanting to run, we will have a random drawing to see who will fill the slots.

NVRC Supports 2015 United Way Day of Caring

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.

pix dayofcaring 15 crew

Many hands make light work of shrubs, brush, and trees!

Read more: NVRC Supports 2015 United Way Day of Caring


NVRC Fall Runners Seminar Series

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:

More information below:

Seminar 1 - Champion Sports Rehab: Biomechanics of Running
*Gait Analysis
*To Heel Strike or Not
*Picking the Right Shoe
When: Tuesday, Oct 27th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
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Seminar 2 - Champion Sports Rehab: Rehab for Runners
*Common Injuries & Causes
*Injury Prevention
*Stretches for Runners
*Kinesio-Taping & Orthotics
When: Thursday, Nov 5th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
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Seminar 3 - Champion Sports Rehab presents: Training to be a Better Runner
*Cross Training Benefits
*Functional Training
*Physical Performance Testing
*Functional Movement Testing
When: Tuesday, Nov 10th at 7:00pm-9:00pm
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If anyone has any questions, please email Cheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nittany Track and Field Youth Cross Country Is Starting!

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)

More information is available on the NTF website: or you can email me any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..