NVRC Fall Blood Drive: Sign Up Now!

Online signup is now open for the Nittany Valley Running Club’s Fall Blood Drive on Thursday, September 7. 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: Every presenting donor will have a chance to win a random drawing prize, such as a free race entry for the Nittany Vally Half Marathon, Resolution 5K, $50 individual or relay team discount for the Tussey Mountainback, or useful running gear.

RUNNING FILMS: We’ll screen them to get you charged up for the fall and winter and 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.

2017 Fall NVRC Centre Region Youth Cross-Country Meet Schedule Announced

The Fall 2017 NVRC Centre Region Youth Cross-Program is going into its 19th year this year. The program consists of three meets, each with (age appropriate) 2K, 3K, and 4K races for kids 14 and under. The meets are held at Oak Hall Regional Park at 120 Linden Hall Dr in Boalsburg. Participation is FREE. Though the races are timed, the emphasis is on participation and fun. Every kid gets a ribbon. This years meets will be on Saturday mornings starting at 8:30 on these dates: September 9, September 23, and October 14. Parents must sign a waiver form, but only need to do so once. Kids can come to any or all meets. More information on the Youth Cross-Country program, and a link to the waiver form, can be found here:


Run For God 5K Challenge Class

Tim Scitti will be leading a Run For God 5K class that will be starting in a few weeks.

The Run For God class is designed for runners of all levels and is focused on developing a spiritual walk along with fitness with the goal being to run a 5K race. There is particular emphasis on those who have never run, or it's been a while. The running portion will be similar to a "Couch to 5K" program.

We will meet weekly with a short devotion, some running education, and then go for a group run. The class will run for 12 weeks with a goal race the end of May. All are welcome.

If you, or someone you know might be interested, a sign up sheet can be found here - http://www.runforgod.com/class/state-college-access-church-run-for-god, or please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Nittany Track and Field Youth Club Announces Fall 2017 Program

Nittany Track and Field (NTF) youth club starts its summer track season the first week of May and invites youth athletes from 7 to 18 years old to join. We create training opportunities in track and field events for both beginners and experienced athletes. Whether the kids have competitive goals or simply want to work on technique, strength, endurance, or just learn new things, NTF is a great place to spend some time during the summer. Practice starts May 2nd at the State College High School Track. The season will go through July 21st. Practices are scheduled from 6:15 to 7:45 pm Monday through Thursday each week! . Registration is open - here is the link to our Registration page with both paper and online forms.

We have a great group of coaches coming back to work with kids this summer, and we plan a lot of different activities and events this season. Again this year, NTF Club will host the USATF-sanctioned Central Pennsylvania Youth Track Meet on June 3rd, which will provide a great competitive opportunity for all our athletes.

The orientation meeting for the summer season will be on April 30th (Sunday evening) at 6.30 pm at the High School Track. Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and also spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested.

For more information about the NTF club, practice schedule, meets, and other details, please visit our website www.ntfxc.com.

Join the 2017 Marathoners For Medicine (M4M) Team

Are You Running a Spring Marathon, Half-Marathon or Long Trail Race?

Make your race extra meaningful! Join the Centre Volunteers in Medicine Marathoners for Medicine (M4M) Challenge Team. Combine your love for running with fundraising for Centre Volunteers in Medicine and help your neighbors without health insurance receive affordable medical and dental care.

For more information on Marathoners For Medicine, see the M4M information page. To join the team, contact Tara Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jaimie Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will hold a kick-off dinner on February 16 at 6 PM at John Domico's house. If you need John's address, contact Jaimie above.  Hope you join us!

Follow the Nittany Valley Running Club on Twitter

The Nittany Valley Running Club is now on Twitter. We plan to post links to articles on our own web site and on other sites with running-related content, links to podcasts of interest, and more. Follow us. Our handle is @nittanyrunning.

The NVRC Winter Blood Drive A Big Success

Winter is a vital time for collecting blood for area hospitals, so kudos go to the NVRC and supporters who turned out on Thursday for the NVRC’s Winter Blood Drive. With your generosity, we collected 30 units! Donors were treated to fresh Pizza Mia pizza, tasty cookies, movies and friendly conversation. Whether you gave or not at this drive, be sure to put the NVRC’s Fall 2017 Blood Drive, set for Thursday, Sept. 7, on your calendar.

Special thanks to Meira Minard, George Conrad, and Jake Clements for donating of their time to help staff the drive! The presenting blood donors, volunteers, and those whose lives may be saved by those donations were all winners from this drive.

Drawing prize winners are:

Jim Sellmer – Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K entry (May 13)

Tricia Farrell – Crack O’ Dawn 5K Run/Walk & Pancake Breakfast entry (June 24)

Jim Maras – Nittany Valley Arts Festival Races (5K-10K-10M) entry (July 16)

Lincoln Kennedy – Allegheny Front Trail Run (50K or 13.1M) entry (Aug. 5)

Margie Costello – Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50M mug

When can you give? As often as every 56 days: If you didn’t donate on 1/19, we encourage you to donate now at a drive that’s convenient for you. We hope to see you at the Sept. 7 NVRC drive.

Thanks for supporting the American Red Cross and the NVRC!