Photos 1998

A record field (252 finishers) begins the race on wet roads but sunny skies.

Tricks of the trade: Nittany Valley Half-Marathon veteran Sue Crowe (far left, #174),women's winner in 1984, 1986, and 1990, shows the ropes to son Joe.

The always smiling Esther Asplund (#244) and husband Pat (#245) wave for the camera while Dana Todd (#180) slips by on the outside.

Track club treasurer Dave Eggler "radiates" some of that Penn State pride, while Lynn Chibirka (#113) tries to fend off the sun.

After a "blazing" start, James Hamilton (#230) of Imperial, PA, is overtaken by Luis del Aguila (#209) of State College, shortly after the seventh mile.

Hey, isn't this supposed to be December? Midway through the race, it looked as if we'd be treated to a "heated" race for the women's title. Two-time women's winner (1995 and 1996) and women's course record holder (1:21:22) Donna Fidler (right) and Shelley Brand (center) appear to be battling it out here, but in the end, they shared the victory in good-spirited fashion.

After building a small lead through the hills of miles nine and ten, Luis del Aguila is able to hold on down the final stretch to win in 1:10:25, with James Hamilton not far behind in 1:10:36.

Following in his footsteps? Clayton Hetrick and son Alex finish up in 1:27:58.

Some more outstanding photos courtesy of Dick Meyer ... Thanks Dick!