Nittany Track and Field Youth Club Announces its Fall Cross-Country Program
- Written by Mark Fedkin Mark Fedkin
Nittany Track and Field youth club invites girls and boys ages 8-18 to participate in the youth cross country training program. Practice starts August 22nd!
The goal of the program is to provide kids with positive exposure to distance running and cross country as a sport. Additionally the program promotes active lifestyle and encourages athletes to set goals and develop skills and commitment to work towards those goals over the season. Both beginners and experienced runners are welcome. The program has been highly popular over the past years, and we would normally enroll 70-80 youth runners each fall.
Here are details in brief:
Practice location: Tudek Memorial Park on weekdays / other parks on Sundays
Practice time: Monday through Thursday, 5:45-7:15 pm // Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm
Attendance is flexible
Registration: $70 per season (for $50 for second child in the family)
Season dates: 8/22 - 11/20
XC Distances (for meets): 2k (8 under), 3k (9-12), 4k (13-14), 5k (15 and older)
Lead Coaches: Mark Fedkin, Jayson Jackson, Andrew Maguire
You can register online or by mailing printed registration forms.
- Written by Dave DeGroote Dave DeGroote
Shoes should be "gently used" - shoes you've retired because you have "too many miles" on them are fine, even if the tread is worn. Those you've been using to garden and cut the grass with for a year, or done a few mud runs in, maybe not. Here's what the foundation says: "Please send only gently used athletic shoes (running and soccer) in adult sizes 6 – 12. Please do Not send dress shoes, single shoes, or damaged shoes - heavily stained or with holes/rips."
Here's some more info from the foundation:
We are asking for used athletic shoes to fight poverty, hunger, and global warming
This is accomplished by educating small farmers in the use of the MORE Farming System. This is the entire focus of MORE Foundation Group, a Not-for-profit Foundation registered in Delaware. We are 100% funded from the sale of ‘gently used athletic shoes’. Of the one billion pair of shoes placed in landfills each year we only need a few hundred thousand of those to reach a tipping point. Villagers seek opportunities to prosper, conserve natural habitat and regenerate regions that have been severely damaged. The highly qualified management of MORE Foundation in developing countries teaches small farmers and villages how to create Modular Organic Regenerative Environment’s (MORE).
With each 600 pair of shoes the adopted family will receive 12 months of hands-on MORE training. After MORE training is complete the family receives the tools, seeds, trees, and livestock to increase productivity as much as 1000%. MORE Foundation teaches the integrated MORE Farming System as well as small farm business management, rainforest resource conservation, capacity analysis, marketing research, profit center modeling, tribal community development, microfinance lending. As well as training in Co-op set up; how to form a village credit union with self-capitalized expansion. We also provide free medical assistance for the families protecting them from Malaria and other infectious diseases.
Participants Needed For Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
- Written by Marty Klanchar Marty Klanchar
Penn State’s Club Cross Country team has invited us to participate in their second annual “Miles for Smiles” fundraiser, benefiting Penn State’s THON. You might recall seeing a video of last year’s finish on the Runner’s World web site. It certainly looked like a lot of fun for a great cause.
The Miles for Smiles fundraiser involves a 46 hour continuous run on a treadmill, with multiple runners taking turns to complete the 46 hour time period. PSU Club Cross Country has offered the NVRC one hour to run and help with the fundraising. The event will be held in a downtown apartment building, starting Jan 29 at 6pm, and ending Jan 31 at 4pm. Note that this is the same time frame as THON (although a few weeks earlier). We have some flexibility as to when we “run” our hour.
NVRC would like to have 3 runners participate, each running 20 minutes, to fill up our hour. We would also like the runners to solicit funds for their run, either by a flat donation, or via a pledged amount per mile. We suggest a NVRC goal of $500, with each runner soliciting pledges totaling $150-$200. All of the money raised goes to THON.
For those not interested in running, but want to support NVRC runners during our time slot, the 46-hour event will feature a different theme and alternative activities each hour. Some of these hour-long events will include yoga, friendly competitions, movies, and many more while somebody is running. It would be great to have a nice group of members present to show our support.
Nittany Track and Field Youth Track Program Starts In May!
- Written by Mark Fedkin Mark Fedkin
The Nittany Track and Field (NTF) youth club starts its 12th track season this May and invites youth athletes from 7 to 18 years old to join. We create training opportunities in track and field events for both beginners and experienced athletes. Whether the kids have competitive goals or simply want to work on technique, strength, endurance, or just learn new things, NTF is a great place to spend some time during the summer. Practice starts May 2nd at the State College High School Track. The season will go through July 21st. Practices are scheduled from 6:15 to 7:45 pm Monday through Thursday each week. Registration ! is now open - here is the link to our Registration page where you can download the sign-up forms.
We have a great group of coaches coming back to work with kids this summer, and we plan a lot of different activities and events this season. Again this year, NTF Club will host a USATF youth invitational meet on June 4th, which will provide a great competitive opportunity for all our athletes. Also, the 2016 USA Outdoor Youth National Championship will be in Millersville, Pennsylvania, so we will try to qualify as many kids as possible to represent our club at this competition.
The orientation meeting for the summer season will be on April 29th (Friday evening) at 6 pm at the High School Track. Please feel free to email me any questions and also spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested.
For more information about the NTF club and updates, please visit our website www.ntfxc.com.
Musser Gap Trail Is Complete To Tussey Ridge
- Written by Marty Mazur Marty Mazur
I led a group run up the Musser Gap trail on October 10. I had advertised the run as one that might entail some bushwhacking, particularly if we wanted to get all the way up to Tussey Ridge, the high ridge just south of the gapped ridge that Musser Run flows out of. The last time I ran to Tussey Ridge from Musser Gap, back in December, I’d made a nearly vertical assent because of almost non-existent trail marking. That was some tough, and treacherous, climbing, so if the group consensus was against that kind of adventure, we’d have just run in the sun along the power line cut in the saddle between the ridges.
But when we got to the log footbridge across Musser Run a mile up from the Rothrock parking lot on Rte 45, I noticed a brand new DCNR trail sign that wasn’t there even a couple of months ago. As we progressed through the gap, more new signs. And when we got to the power line cut, there was a new sign for a trail to Tussey Ridge. We decided to take the adventure. The trail to the ridge is, like most trails on the higher ground in Rothrock, pretty rocky. But it’s a trail, with enough switchbacks to greatly reduce the risk of teetering back and going ass-over-teakettle down the mountainside. The trail is pretty obvious in most places, and well blazed where it’s not. Getting to the ridgetop is strenuous, but not dangerous. The total climb from the lowest point on the run (the bridge across Slab Cabin Run on the greenway path near Rte. 45) to the top of Tussey Ridge is just under 1000 feet over 2 miles.
2016 Marathoners For Medicine Team Still Needs Runners!
- Written by Jaimie Wright Jaimie Wright
Are you training for a marathon, half-marathon, or trail race this Spring? Be part of the Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) Marathoners for Medicine Challenge Team and use your love of running to make a difference to our neighbors without health insurance get affordable medical and dental care.
Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a local community health resource center that provides medical care, dental care, case management, and medication assistance to our local neighboring residents without health insurance. They depend on donations, and any amount that you raise by being part of the team goes directly to CVIM.
Whether or not you can join a team this year, please consider giving to this year's CVIM Marathoners For Medicine team. Here's a link to the donations page. Pick a runner, or give in the name of the whole team!
Please also save the date for our Media Day: April 14 at 12 PM at the Horace Ashenfelter III Multi-Sport Facility. And join our Facebook group to keep in touch with the rest of the team.
NVRC Supports 2015 United Way Day of Caring
- Written by Marty Mazur Marty Mazur
For the fifth year in a row, Cheree Jones and Sheryl Balkey helped to organize a crew of bushwhackers for the United Way Day of Caring,. The project was again the golf course perimeter bikepath/jogging path, this time along the south and west edges of the Penn State Blue Golf Course. There were saplings, bushes, brush, assorted shrubs, and unruly tree branches that were clogging and cluttering the path, as well as an ungainly tree blocking the view of runners, bikers, and drivers approaching the path's crossing of the Clubhouse Road.
The volunteers were: SF & Company (12 volunteers), Joe Hughes--Penn State Golf Courses PGA General Manager/Head Golf Professional, who helped tremendously with the planning and execution, and Sheryl & Seth Balkey and Cheree Jones. The crew cleared the way so that runners have a clear treadway and golfers can see runners so they can yell "fore!". The NVRC chipped in to pay for some food and refreshment. Here are a few pictures.
Many hands make light work of shrubs, brush, and trees!