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The regular meeting of the Nittany Valley Running Club was held on Tuesday, October 5, at the Hi-Way Pizza on Westerly Parkway. In attendance were Jim Taylor, Marty Klanchar, Mike Casper, Bob Boozer, Boyd Brumbaugh, Amy Paster, Mark Fedkin, and Marty Mazur. As usual, the pizza was fabulous and the beer cold.

There was a lot of discussion about the just-completed Tussey race. Major success there. Loads of fun. Financial details not yet done. Mike Casper was recuperating from a very hectic weekend and so was not present to give a report.

Marty Mazur was anticipating the biggest Knights of Columbus 5K race since he and Vicky revived it in 2000. Over 40 pre-registered, signaling possibly over 100 runners, a threshold he's been trying to crack. It looks like the race might be popular with beginners, as hoped.

In more disturbing news, Dave Eggler reported that he is near the end of his ropes in trying to get approval from the PSU Athletic Department for use of the IM Building for December's Half-Marathon. The University people are claiming that they are now only enforcing a long-standing policy with respect to use of facilities. We can use the streets and outdoor steps of the building, just not the inside. Because the race is in December, we need to set up computers and registration inside. The "policy" might also have ramifications for other campus races. The Club is currently in discussion with University officials, including those from other departments with facilities near the start/finish, to resolve this problem.  The Club has generally had a good relationship with the University in the past, with benefits to both local runners, and to the University itself. It would be a shame if bureaucratic short-sightedness got in the way of the continued success of a great local tradition. [Editors Note: Since the meeting, some progress has been made on this front. Details will be publicized as soon as available.]

There was a brief report on the imminent update of the NVRC web site by an IST student. Marty Mazur and Mike Dooris are currently reviewing the very fine work Matt has been doing.

Next Meeting: December 7.