This page contains historical information for the NVRC Nittany Valley Half-Marathon, which is now hosted by Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

The page also contains information about the precursor to the Half, the Nittany Valley Marathon, which was run from 1973 until 1984.

Here is a link to the NEW web pages for the Nittany Valley Half Marathon:
Visit the Centre Volunteers in Medicine events page: 

"I thought the course was good and challenging. I wouldn't change a thing." ---Rob Guissanie

"You have redefined the meaning of 'somewhat challeging'." ---Jerry Heinz

"It's a very tough course, especially after about mile 7. The last mile is designed to make you see God." ---Marty Mazur

"I was looking for God during the last mile, but I didn't see him. I guess he finished ahead of me too."
--- Albert Mabus, last male finisher at the 2001 NVHM
“Then came the middle of the course and the big downhill after it — I knew it’s bad but just couldn’t resist full speed — followed by the series of ups and downs that made me feel like I was on a trail event, without the mud, and then came the last mile of ascending, that was a good slap on my happy, downhill running face.” --- Veselin Lefterov from Bulgaria


Results Miscellany


Nittany Valley Marathon Results from previous years:

Summary of Nittany Valley Marathon Winners Gallery of Race Shirts
Year By Year Results
1978 (Results) 1978 (CDT Story)
1982    1984 


Nittany Valley Half-Marathon Results from previous years:

Summary of Nittany Valley Half-Marathon Winners Gallery of Race Shirts
Year By Year Results
- 1984 1985 1986
1987 1988 1989 1990
1991 1992 1993 1994
1995 1996  1997 1998
1999 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006
2007 2008  2009 2010
2011 2012  2013 2014
2015 2016 2017  

  • Course Map with elevation profile.
  • Men's Event Record: 1984, Bill Reifsnyder, 1:07:07
    Men's Course Record for the recent course (through 2016): 2014, Daniel Craighead, 1:10:53
    Women's Event and Course Record for the recent course (through 2016): 2011, Rebecca Donaghue, 1:17:25
  • A back-of-the-envelope Half-Marathon training program.
  • Race Day Helpful Hints For Middle-of-the Pack Half-Marathoners.
  • NVHM T-Shirts Through The Years  New!
  • Time vs. Age Plots from the 1993-1997 Races A few years ago, Dave Boger compiled all of the times, genders, and ages that he had from the 1993-1997 races and graphed them. The graph shows all of the data, along with a least-squares-generated second-order polynomial fit, representing time averages for each gender by age. Granted, there's quite a bit of scatter, but Dave thought the result was interesting anyway.
  • Runner's Gazette story on the 'unseasonably cold' 2000 Nittany Valley Half-Marathon (by Morgan Wasikons).
  • The weather for the Half can be anything from summer-like (1998) to brutally hibernal. See the Winners Summary page for a complete weather history. Troy Klinger, won the 1992 race in 1:16:28, and may at times have thought he was the only person on the course due to white-out conditions. He offers this recollection:
"I remember winning the 1992 race in wicked conditions. I have
to credit the victory to the fact that the PSU Team did not show up
for a change. As a typical runner I can remember the details of every
race well; the first few miles were on snow covered roads until we got out
near the airport. At that point the roads were clear as an unfortunate
result of some really nasty cross winds. I believe Boyd Brumbaugh
finished second that year, but I'm not certain. I remember running with
him during the the mid to latter half of the race.”

The Nittany Valley Half-Marathon pages were developed by Dave Boger during his tenure as Race Director for the Half. We're happy to carry forward his fine web page design.