The regular meeting of the Nittany Valley Running Club was held on Tuesday, April 7, at the HiWay Pizza on Westerly Parkway. Hi-Way finally has their taps reworked, and it was a good thing. It was one of our best attended meetings ever, with several newcomers present, and the draft beer flowed. Present were Dave Eggler, Jerry Steffy, Marty Mazur, Dave Rasmussen and his wife and young daughter, Denise Weaver, Mary Conner-Righter, Jim Malayter, John Wilcock, Tara Murray, Kate Ryan, Michelle Christensen, Jessica Savrock, Mark Colwell, Dick Yearick, Bob Boozer, Boyd Brumbaugh, Cheryl Capone and her son Brian, Clara Fajardo, Dave DeGroote, Mike and Evan Casper, and John Schmidt.

There was plenty to talk about. Jerry Steffy mentioned that the Beginners Running Group was off to a good start with their Tuesday Evening workouts. The group brings a lot of new blood into the Club. Marty had a number of announcements that had been emailed to him. Mary Ann Williams, directs the Black Moshannon Races. She is also very involved in an effort to stop a huge landfill in Rush Township near Black Moshannon State Park. The NVRC has no official position on this matter, but we often pass on information about her efforts. She wants to organize a 5-mile nature race / walk in the affected area some time in the late summer. We'll let you know about how plans for this progress.

Marty also passed on some information for Kim Gasper about goings on in and about Bellefonte. First there will be a vigil for Jeremy Herbstritt immediately following the Herbstritt Memorial 5K next Thursday on campus. This year's race is being held on the 2nd Anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings where Jeremy lost his life. The Bellefonte Red Raider Rally Run, a morning or racing for youngsters, has been moved from Spring to Fall this year. There'll be announcements about this event later. Next Wednesday, April 15, the Bellefonte Area High Schoolers who have been running a mile a day for 26 days to support the CVIM Boston Marathoners will run their last 1.2 miles to complete their own marathon experience. And this year's Herbie's Hometown Loop will be held on Saturday, August 15. There will be a 4-mile race and a 16-mile non-competitive bike ride.

Treasurer Dave Eggler says were all clear with the IRS, falling as we do under the umbrella of the Road Runners Clubs of America. Tara Murray passed on some information about the Dog Jog 5K, the first local race geared to runners with dogs. Solo runners and runners with dogs can compete, and there will be separate prizes in these categories. The race will be held at the Grange Fair Grounds on May 2 and benefits homeless pets of Centre County through Pets Come First. Mary Conner-Righter wondered if the Club would like to increase its profile by getting involved in an Adopt-A-Highway program. After some discussion, Mary said she'd get some information about what was involved and pass it on.

John Schmidt presented the request for funding from the Nittany Track and Field Youth Club. The NVRC will fund them with at least $1000, and may also purchase some equipment for this very popular and successful group that trains pre-high school kids in running and field events. Visit their web site at http://mysite.verizon.net/ntfxc/ . They can always use more volunteer help. If you would like to help, contact Mark Fedkin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mike Casper had some announcements relating to activities in Rothrock Forest. The Tussey Teasers continue this weekend with the Tussey-Whipple 11-Miler. And Mike reported on the progress of the Soles-4-Souls shoe gathering effort that he is hosting at all of his many races. Bring your lightly used shoes to any Tussey Teaser, the Crack O' Dawn 5K, the Linden Hall 5 Miler, or the mOUnTaiNBACK Relay and Ultra.

We're starting to gear up for the Arts Fest Race in three short months. This year's courses will be similar to those of 2 years ago, which were nicer and more fun than last years'. Volunteers and runners, clear your calendar for July 12. More information here: http://nvrun.com/index.php/racing/club-sponsored/arts-festival-races

Part of the evening was spent telling the newcomers to the Club about the many running, racing, and training opportunities available to the Club. One of those is of course the Race Series and Volunteer Series. John Wilcock reports that these are going well this year. Cheryl Capone is the early leader, but lots of people are in the mix. Wilcock also reported on his personal and slightly nutty quest to run all 13 Pennsylvania marathons this year. He's only got 2 down so far, but the hard part is over, since both of those two were on the same weekend and he's not in traction. Good luck, John!

There was a good deal of running talk after all the business and announcements.

Next Meeting, June 2.