Yahoo Listserve Being Phased Out - Join Our Google Group!

In the last few months, after 15 years of reasonably good service, the Club has experienced numerous incidents of unreliable service from Yahoo in the administration of its main listserve hosted through Yahoo. The Yahoo Discussion Group "NVRC” has had the highest volume among among our listserves, and much of its correspondece is time-sensitive. We’ve experienced several days over the course of a few months when email was not pushed out to the group for 12 to 24 hours. This unreliable service was apparently widespread among Yahoo users globally. 

We have decided to move our main listserve to Google Groups. We will soon delete the Yahoo Group "NVRC". If you want to remain in touch with Club emails, you'll have to get a Gmail account and join the Google Group "Nittany Valley Running Club". To join, get a Gmail account if you don't already have one. It's pretty much like getting any other internet service like Hotmail, etc. It's free. You answer a few questions and you're in. Once you have a Gmail account, while signed in to your account, go to From there, search for the group "Nittany Valley Running Club", or click this link:!forum/nvrun. Then click "Apply for membership". Fill in your preferences. [NOTE: In the "Apply to join" form, please use the text box there ("message to the manager") to say something about yourself. It helps us to weed out spammers.]  After the administrator approves you, you'll be in!

These instructions and more are here

We’ll keep the Yahoo Group open for a few more weeks during the transition and post some of our important correspondence to both places. But the Yahoo Group will be eliminated soon, so join the Google Group!

2013 Race Series Leader Board

The 2013 Race Series is over! Please accept our apologies for the delay in getting results out. The new Race Series Scoring software took some time to get over its early bumps, and there were some problems along the way, including a hardware crash! Below is the list of this year's top finishers, those eligible for Awards.

This year's top point getter was again Alan Effrig. Alan has won the prize the last two years! A new Series rule regarding repeat winners stipulates that Alan is "on hiatus" until next year, but his points are posted as a challenge. First place this year goes to Tom Cali. Matt Smith came in second, and Dan Craighead was third. Marty Mazur was a close 4th. The top 3 get special awards, and anyone who got over 30 points will be rewarded.

There is no longer a contest for Volunteer of the Year, but Club volunteers are rewarded according to a points system. Top volunteers and their awards are also listed below.

Full tallies for the Race Series Cup and Volunteer Awards are here.

Information on the Race Series, Volunteer Awards, and full standings, can be found here. You must be an NVRC member to participate. If you want to participate in the 2014 Race Series, it's time to join the Club!

Read more: 2013 Race Series Leader Board

2018 Race Series Cup

The 2017 Race Series is in the books. Final tallies can be found here. The 2018 Race Series is well underway. So far we've had 2 races in the Series: the FIrst Knight Resolution Run 5K and the Indoor Mile Series. More races are coming, so lace up! 

We'll have the 2018 tallies here as soon as they're available. If you spot an error, please contact Bob Shafer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check here for rules and here for the list of Series races. There are also numerous opportunities to earn Volunteer points: Helping out at NVRC races, at the NVRC/Centre Parks and Rec Youth Cross-Country Meets, Volunteer coaching with the Nittany Track and Field Youth Group, and donating blood at the NVRC Blood Drives, and many more. But to participate, you have to be an NVRC member to participate. Join the Club! More information on the Series is here.

Join the 2018 Marathoners For Medicine (M4M) Team

Come be part of the 2018 Marathoners for Medicine team! If you are running a longish race this spring, please consider joining the team. We raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), a local organization that provides free and/or discounted medical and dental care to our neighbors in Centre County who lack health insurance. The need is great, and there is no better time to combine your love for running with an opportunity to enable more of our neighbors to live healthier lives.

We request that you dedicate your race to CVIM, and then ask your family and friends to support you by making a donation to CVIM. You are not required to raise a minimum dollar amount -- every dollar counts, and every dollar you raise goes directly to providing services at CVIM. You'll help to make a difference in our community.

There will be a team photo on March 29 at noon at the Multisport Facility Indoor Track on campus (where the NVRC holds track workouts). Greg Fredericks will once again be serving as an honorary coach, and we are hoping to have Sue Paterno return. The photo will be taken before the Thursday track workout, so feel free to stay for the workout. Please come if you are able and wear your CVIM singlet if you have one. We will try to have a few extra on hand if you don't have one.

The M4M fundraising pages are now going up on the CVIM web site. If you can't run with M4M this year, please take a moment and donate to the cause in the name of one or more of the athletes!


For more information or to join the team, contact Jaimie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring 2017 Running Workshop Series: Run Healthy, Run Strong

The 2017 Spring Running Workshop Series is being put on by Cheryl Keller Capone, PhD, NASM-CPT and  Christine Dorman, USATF Level I. The workshops will be held at Tudek Park (at the pavilion) at 3 PM on four successive Sundays: April 30, May 7, May 14, and May 21. This program is designed for beginners as well as more advanced runners looking to improve their performance. Please come dressed to run. We also suggest bringing a large towel as some activities will be performed lying on the ground.

Each weekly session will have three main parts:

Part I will focus on topics such as breathing mechanics, core stability, and body weight strength training. The emphasis will be on instruction and proper technique, along with practice time. Each week will build upon the week prior, but it is not essential to attend every session. No experience required!

Part 2 will focus on dynamic warm up exercises/drills. Over the 4 week course, we  will cover differences between warming up for longer distances vs. speed work vs. races.

Part 3 will be a group run in Tudek Park around the 1.5 ml loop course - various pace groups available.

Registration: This program is FREE, but pre-registration is required and limited to 20 participants. To register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide your name, age, email address and phone number. 

Here's an informational flyer.