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Under bright blue skies and with only a touch of fall in the air, 85 runners turned out for the 18th Annual Knights of Columbus Adventure 5K on Sunday. This race benefits the Schlow Centre Region Library Children's Department and the Tom Kleban Recovery Fund. As always, Tom was present to cheer on the runners as they neared the finish.

Local running legend, Tom Cali, 53, led the field for entire race and finished in 18:01. Youngster Will Cather, 12, was second in 18:39. Judd Michael, 46, rounded out the top three with a time of 18:47. In the women's race, Ann Skulas-Ray, 25, cruised to an easy victory with a PR of 20:05. Natasha Fedkina, moved up from third to second place female this year with a time of 21:18. She'll be one to watch at State College Area High School in upcoming years! Christine Rodgers, 39, finished third among females in 23:20.

The Knights Race is the Nittany Valley Running Club's official Beginner's Race, and this year 17 runners completed their first 5K race. Runners included Jennifer Deutsch, Carolyn Gardner, Patrick Griffin, Austin Manning, Abbie McCamley, Monica Meagher, Sheena Lamison, Michael Long, Paul Monoskey, Matt Schmell, Meegan Tomlins, Jenna Silverstein, Wendy Wagner, Lauren Waltz, Tracy Williams, and Jamie Weinstein. Impressively, beginner Paul Monosky of Osceola Mills used to work as a coal miner in Pennsylvania. Paul stopped smoking six years ago and took up running. At the time he couldn't finish 1/4 mile. He trained for 6 years to run his 1st 5k, and the K of C was his first. Well, Paul did so much more than just finish. He not only ran a great race, but was the first beginner to cross the line in 29:18. Of the female beginners, Jenna

Silverstein was the first to finish in 30:25.

A number of families, including the Fedkins, Baloghs, Balkeys, Shireys, and Moores, participated in either the 5K and/or the Kids races, which are always fun to watch. The kids were told to "run down to the man in the green shirt! (Our very own Marty Mazur helped mark the turn around point.) A number of kids participated in either the quarter-mile or half-mile, with a few completing both events.

Race directors Cheryl Capone and Christine Rice would like to thank all the volunteers for helping make race day a success.  Volunteers included Marty and Vicky Mazur, Bob Rice, Dave Eggler, Greg Fredericks, John Sheakoski, Amy Paster, Jim Myers, Mike, Philippe, Mary Conner-Righter, Dave DeGroote, Becky Buxton, Meira Minard, Vicki Summers and her kids, Annie, Sara, and Caden Summers, as well as Dean Capone and Bonnie Higgins. An extra special thank you also goes out to past race directors, Marty and Vicky Mazur for all of their help with this year's race.

Finally, a great big thanks also goes out to our sponsors. The Knights of Columbus generously allow the NVRC to host the race in their Hall, and also donated a nice cash gift to help defray race expenses. We had three new sponsors this year, including the Philly Pretzel Factory, which also donated a cash gift as well as 200 delicious soft pretzels that were enjoyed by everyone after the race. Two other new sponsors who provided cash gifts were State College Family Chiropractic and Michael Brigandi of Diversified Asset Planners. Club member and long-time sponsor, Tom Cali, of Tom Cali ReMax Centre Realty was also very generous with a cash gift. Weis Markets provided store gift cards which were used to provide post-race food. CCDA Water donated bottled water. Rapid Transit Sports provided race numbers and bags for the race packets. Appalachian Outdoors, our official sponsor of the Kids races, also provided several nice prizes for the 5K.  Several other local businesses, including Rapid Transit Sports, Mount Nittany Wheelworks, the Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel, Webster's Books, and Northland Bowl also provided prizes. Thanks also to Rosewood Silkscreening, who did a great job with the race T-shirts.

Cheryl Capone and Christine Rice
Race Directors

Photos by Dean Capone

 2008 Knights Winner Tom Cali

2008 Knights Men's Winner Tom Cali

2008 Knights of Columbus Women's Winner Ann Skulas Ray

2008 Knights Women's Winner Ann Skulas-Ray

 Will Cather

Men's 2nd Place Will Cather

 

Natasha Fedkina

Women's 2nd Place Natasha Fedkina

 Judd Michael

Men's 3rd Place Judd Michael

 

Christine Rogers

Women's 3rd Place Christine Rogers

 

 Place   Time  Age  First Name  Last Name      Sex   Town            State     Beginner
 -----   ----  ---  ----------  ---------      ---   ----            -----     --------
    1   18:01  53   Tom         Cali            M    State College    PA
    2   18:39  12   Will        Cather          M    Port Matilda     PA
    3   18:47  46   Judd        Michael         M    Lemont           PA
    4   18:56  14   Ivan        Pavlov          M    State College    PA
    5   20:05  25   Ann         Skulas-Ray      F    State College    PA
    6   20:19  42   Steve       Balkey          M    State College    PA
    7   21:00  43   Tim         Spigelmeyer     M    McClure          PA
    8   21:18  14   Nikita      Fedkin          M    State College    PA
    9   21:32  10   Natasha     Fedkina         F    State College    PA
   10   21:42  12   Seth        Balkey          M    State College    PA
   11   21:44  26   Jeremy      Amaismeier      M    State College    PA
   12   22:09  54   Earl        Lake            M    PA Furnance      PA
   13   22:34  36   Eric        Mortenson       M    State College    PA
   14   22:38  38   Michael     Phillipe        M    State College    PA
   15   22:48  51   Marty       Mazur           M    State College    PA
   16   23:20  39   Christine   Rodgers         F    Bellefonte       PA
   17   23:24  60   Roger       Rickard         M    Port Matilda     PA
   18   23:35  24   Andy        Stephenson      M    State College    PA
   19   23:55  51   Paul        Ruby            M    State College    PA
   20   23:58  26   Kate        Ryan            F    State College    PA
   21   24:43  30   Michael     Umstead         M    State College    PA
   22   24:51  38   Greg        Herman          M    State College    PA
   23   24:54  12   Stefan      Pelikan         M    State College    PA
   24   25:08  61   George W    Myers, Jr.      M    Centre Hall      PA
   25   25:45  14   Anne        Balogh          F    State College    PA
   26   25:49  31   Pam         Shellenberger   F    State College    PA
   27   25:50  37   Kathy       Gipe            F    State College    PA
   28   26:45  42   Steve       Shirey          M    Pleasant Gap     PA
   29   26:46  11   Brooke      Shirey          F    Pleasant Gap     PA
   30   26:50  62   John        Graham          M    State College    PA
   31   27:01  22   Heather     MacMath         F    Bellefonte       PA
   32   27:07  36   Shannon     Lake            F    Bellefonte       PA
   33   27:08  37   Dawn        Keller          F    State College    PA
   34   27:27  48   Jeff        Henderson       M    PA Furnance      PA
   35   27:33  47   Gregory J   Hillegas        M    State College    PA
   36   27:37  39   Scott       Kaltenbaugh     M    Warriors Mark    PA
   37   27:43  30   Melinda     Turner          F    State College    PA
   38   27:49  10   Matthew     Balogh          M    State College    PA
   39   27:56  48   John        Hook            M    State College    PA
   40   28:06  50   Jeanne      Houston         F    State College    PA
   41   28:08  47   James       Maras           M    State College    PA
   42   28:18  43   Denise      Weaver          F    Pleasant Gap     PA
   43   28:55  27   Michael     Long            M    Altoona          PA
   44   29:06  19   Rachel      Mountz          F    State College    PA
   45   29:18  63   Paul        Monoskey        M    Osceola Mills    PA         X
   46   29:20  51   Albert      Scheid          M    Port Matilda     PA
   47   29:26  35   Nicky       Volkert         F    State College    PA
   48   29:27  46   Linda       Bonness         F    State College    PA
   49   29:27  33   James       Volkert         M    State College    PA
   50   29:30  30   Sara        Hunt            F    Lanse            PA
   51   29:45  33   Richard     Bundro          M    State College    PA
   52   30:07  45   Cathy       Kaltenbaugh     F    Warriors Mark    PA
   53   30:12  54   Bonnie      Higgins         F    State College    PA
   54   30:25  22   Jenna       Silverstein     F    State College    PA         X
   55   30:26  28   Matt        Schmell         M    Centre Hall      PA         X
   56   30:40  24   Eryn        Eysenbach       F    Alexandria       PA
   57   30:57  56   Connie      Irvin           F    Philipsburg      PA
   58   31:38  47   Philip      Gold-Garvey     M    State College    PA
   59   31:38  36   Jennifer    Daniels         F    State College    PA
   60   31:46  48   Kim         Nelson          F    State College    PA
   61   31:59  24   Tracy       Williams        F    State College    PA         X
   62   32:05  20   Austin      Manning         F    State College    PA         X
   63   32:12  39   Monica      Meagher         F    PA Furnance      PA         X
   64   32:12  32   Meegan      Tomlins         F    Lemont           PA         X
   65   32:13  49   Margie      Nye             F    State College    PA
   66   32:21  26   Sheena      Lamison         F    Houtzdale        PA         X
   67   32:28  26   Abbie       McCamley        F    State College    PA         X
   68   33:30  36   Scott       McKee           M    Lewistown        PA
   69   33:39  32   Carolyn     Gardner         F    State College    PA         X
   70   34:24  30   Lauren      Waltz           F    State College    PA         X
   71   34:46  78   Arnold      Gasche          M    State College    PA
   72   35:15  10   Stuart      Moore           M    State College    PA
   73   35:20  32   Michelle    Rowles          F    Hyde             PA
   74   35:21  40   Nancy       Long            F    State College    PA         X
   75   35:52  44   Mike        Turner          M    State College    PA
   76   35:53  33   Kristi      Jones           F    State College    PA
   77   36:33  58   Patrick     Griffin         M    State College    PA         X
   78   36:34  39   Wendy       Wagner          F    PA Furnance      PA         X
   79   36:35  47   Lisa        Lacombe         F    State College    PA
   80   36:59  13   Caroline    Moore           F    State College    PA
   81   38:09  44   Leigh       Moore           F    State College    PA
   82   39:46  71   George      Kleban          M    Boalsburg        PA
   83   40:27  22   Jamie       Weinstein       F    State College    PA         X
   84   40:36  41   Jennifer    Deutsch         F    State College    PA         X
   85   41:09  49   Jean        Balogh          F    State College    PA


Age Groups

          First Name  Last Name       Age    Place     Time   Town               State
          ----------  ---------       ---    -----     ----   ----               -----
Women 12 and under
    1     Brooke      Shirey           11      29      26:46  Pleasant Gap         PA
    2     Anne        Balogh           14      25      25:45  State College        PA
    3     Caroline    Moore            13      80      36:59  State College        PA
Women 17-19
    1     Rachel      Mountz           19      44      29:06  State College        PA
Women 20-24
    1     Heather     MacMath          22      31      27:01  Bellefont            PA  
    2     Jenna       Silverstein      22      54      30:25  State College        PA
    3     Eryn        Eysenbach        24      56      30:40  Alexandria           PA
Women 25-29
    1     Kate        Ryan             26      20      23:58  State College        PA
    2     Sheena      Lamison          26      66      32:21  Houtzdale            PA
    3     Abbie       McCamley         26      67      32:28  State College        PA
Women 30-34
    1     Pam         Shellenberger    31      26      25:49  State College        PA
    2     Heather     MacMath          34      31      27:01  Bellefonte           PA
    3     Melinda     Turner           30      37      27:43  State College        PA
Women 35-39
    1     Kathy       Gipe             37      27      25:50  State College        PA
    2     Shannon     Lake             36      32      27:07  Bellefonte           PA
    3     Dawn        Keller           37      33      27:08  State College        PA
Women 40-44
    1     Denise      Weaver           43      42      28:18  Pleasant Gap         PA
    2     Nancy       Long             40      74      35:21  State College        PA
    3     Leigh       Moore            44      81      38:09  State College        PA
Women 45-49
    1     Linda       Bonness          46      48      29:27  State College        PA
    2     Cathy       Kaltenbaugh      45      52      30:07  Warriors Mark        PA
    3     Kim         Nelson           48      60      31:46  State College        PA
Women 50-54
    1     Jeanne      Houston          50      40      28:06  State College        PA
    2     Bonnie      Higgins          54      53      30:12  State College        PA
Women 55-59
    1     Connie      Irvin            56      57      30:57  Philipsburg          PA
Men 12 and under
    1     Seth        Balkey           12      10      21:42  State College        PA
    2     Stefan      Pelikan          12      23      24:54  State College        PA
    3     Matthew     Balogh           10      38      27:49  State College        PA
Men 13-16
    1     Ivan        Pavlov           14      4       18:56  State College        PA
    2     Nikita      Fedkin           14      8       21:18  State College        PA
Men 20-24
    1     Andy        Stephenson       24      18      23:35  State College        PA
Men 25-29
    1     Jeremy      Amaismeier       26      11      21:44  State College        PA
    2     Michael     Long             27      43      28:55  Altoona              PA
    3     Matt        Schmell          28      55      30:26  Centre Hall          PA
Men 30-34
    1     Michael     Umstead          30      21      24:43  State College        PA
    2     James       Volkert          33      49      29:27  State College        PA
    3     Richard     Bundro           33      51      29:45  State College        PA
Men 35-39
    1     Eric        Mortenson        36      13      22:34  State College        PA
    2     Michael     Phillipe         38      14      22:38  State College        PA
    3     Greg        Herman           38      22      24:51  State College        PA
Men 40-44
    1     Scott       McKee            36      68      33:30  Lewistown            PA
    2     Steve       Balkey           42      6       20:19  State College        PA
    3     Tim         Spigelmeyer      43      7       21:00  McClure              PA
Men 45-49
    1     Jeff        Henderson        48      34      27:27  PA Furnance          PA
    2     Gregory J   Hillegas         47      35      27:33  State College        PA
    3     John        Hook             48      39      27:56  State College        PA
Men 50-54
    1     Earl        Lake             54      12      22:09  PA Furnance          PA
    2     Marty       Mazur            51      15      22:48  State College        PA
    3     Paul        Ruby             51      19      23:55  State College        PA
Men 55-59
    1     Patrick     Griffin          58      77      36:33  State College        PA
Men 60-64
    1     Roger       Rickard          60      17      23:24  Port Matilda         PA
    2     George W    Myers, Jr.       61      24      25:08  Centre Hall          PA
    3     John        Graham           62      30      26:50  State College        PA
Men 70-74
    1     George      Kleban           71      82      39:46  Boalsburg            PA
Men 75-79
    1     Arnold      Gasche           78      71      34:46  State College        PA

Timing and results by DH Eggler/NVRC