Superhuman Effort To Benefit Juvenile Diabletes Research Fund

Steve McAninch, who last year ran 30 hours to raise $30K for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is about to embark on an even more superhuman endeavor. Between now and May 19, Steve plans to run 750 miles, with 130,000 feet elevation gain;  bicycle 1500 miles, and lift 1,000,000 pounds.  May 18 into 19, he will conclude his effort with a 100 mile run around the State College area. To kick off his fundraising, Steve is working with Chik-Fil-A to hold a Spirit Night on World Diabetes Day, Monday, November 14. On this day, Chik-Fil-A will donate 15% of all receipts from customers who hand in this ticket

The Latest From Girls On The Run of Happy Valley

The Girls on the Run international organization recently approved a Happy Valley chapter, as reported here a couple of months ago. The local chapter is now busy setting up shop. Here's the latest news.

Volunteers Needed for Youth XC Club

Nittany Track and Field youth club kicked off the Fall cross country season this week. By now we have an enthusiastic crowd of up to 40 kids of various ages to train with the program!

Currently we are looking for more volunteers to help coaches to run the practices. This will mainly involve looking over small groups (age groups) of kids on an easy run or a workout, help with setting up games, stretches, etc. You do not need any special coaching experience for participation – maybe some patience and readiness to communicate to the youngsters.

Please e-mail me if you would like to help (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). It can be as little as one night per week, but a lot of fun is guaranteed. The NTF Club has practices Monday through Thursday 5:45 to! 7:15 pm near the State College High School (cross country course behind South building). Please feel free to stop by and check us out.

Representatives Of Girls On The Run To Be At Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Expo

The Centre Region chapter of Girls on the Run will have a table promoting their new local chapter at The Ramada Inn Expo for the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK on Saturday evening, and also at Tussey the mOUnTaiNBACK on Sunday. Stop by and find out about this great new organization for 3rd through 8th grade girls.

Girls On The Run Approves Centre County Chapter

Girls on the Run is a volunteer-led program that helps 3rd through 8th grade girls uncover their extraordinary potential, demonstrate courage, and generally embrace being "fantabulous." GOTR weaves training for a 5K run with fun, experience-based lessons that improve self-awareness, build a collection of positive experiences and inspire life-changing confidence through accomplishment. After a year of research, community interviews and preparation the Steering Committee of seven members received news on Monday, August 1 that all their hard work had paid off. You can find out more about the Centre County GOTR chapter, and how you can help, here.

Thursday Track Report: A Decided Lack Of Seriousness

September 1, 2011

Who does the two-fers, Part II? We have less to go on because the Thursday Track attendance was pretty light. Only Tom Cali, John Domico, Judd Michael, Lance Bland, Andy Maguire, Michael Goldfine, Mike Casper, Rob Shaver, Esther Prins, Mark Fedkin, Miles Smith, Jim Laudermilch, Rich Harter, Rob Peterson, and Marty Mazur came out. And among them, only Cali, Harter, and Mazur headed to the hills by eventide. And Cali was suffering from some kind of Low T ailment, huffin' and a wheezin'.

Bwana realizes that we do a lot of "maintain and sustain" workouts, where we keep some kind of barely sub 5K race pace over a bunch of long reps. How about a little kickin' out the jams, especially for the "fast-twitch challenged", like Rob Peterson? So 8X200 it was. That's a little light on the 200s (Bwana usually asks for at least 12), but Bwana at least thought that more Trackers would double up in the evening. Peterson acquited himself well. He'll have a hard time keeping the title of Sandbagger of the DCR with that kind of effort.

OK, so why were there so few people at the track today. School is in, both Penn State and the little kiddies. Nobody should be on vacation anymore! It's mOUnTaiNBACK training season! Nobody should be slacking! Unless you're among the many mOUnTaiNBACK injured. But even Judd Michael, hobbled mOUnTaiNBACK DCR ex-captain, made it to the track to work that bad hammie! If you're serious, get to work!

Tuesday Evening Track Workouts Moving To 7 PM

The Tuesday Evening track workout, run by Bree Studenka with help from Jayson Jackson, is moving to 7 PM. They can do it earlier now because the Nittany Track and Field Youth Club, which Bree and Jayson help coach on that track, is done for the summer. It's a good thing, since the sun is setting noticeably earlier these days. Come on out to the State High track for a great evening workout!