July 12, 2009

What is “Arts Festival weather?”  Hot and humid.  Very humid.  For the 2009 Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival 5K and 10K, it was sort-of-humid and in the low seventies.  Maybe that’s why the races had many more registrants and finishers than in recent years.  For that the NVRC is grateful, because the race supports its programs and grants to youth running.

Among the runners were Bob Crowe and many younger Crowes, three of whom, including Bob, were age-group winners.  George Etzweiler, at 89, was running his nth Art Fest Race.  In fact, three guys in their eighties finished the 5K or 10K.

Click here to read Tara Murray’s CDT story on the race.

Thanks to our main sponsor, University Orthopedics, for underwriting the shirts.  Thanks to Centre Communications for radios, Rapid Transit for bags, the State College Spikes for the ballpark venue, the CPCVB for our pre-race headquarters, ProCopy for applications, and Roaring Spring for all the bottles of water waiting at the finish line.  And now the volunteers: Pregistration and packet stuffing: Jonathan Thurley, John Wilcock, Margie Costello, Greg Luna, Boyd Brumbaugh, Beth Herndon, Larry & Jan Miles, Andy Cunningham, and Clarisa Stewart.  Race-day registration: Marty Klanchar, Tom Cali, John Daley and daughter, Sierra Downs, Jim Malayter, and Lance Bland.  IST water station: Howard and Kathy Fescemeyer and friends and Mary Conner-Righter.  Shortlidge Plaza water station: MaryAnn Williams and her friends from Philipsburg.  Finish area/chips: Mara Ziegler and daughters, Teresa Timmerman, and John Domico.  Awards and cleanup: Mike Long, Boyd Brumbaugh, Joanna Kozel, Meira Menard.  Food: Christine, Kellie, and Bob Rice.  Out on the course: Sierra Downs, John Daley, Cheryl Capone.  On her bike: Kim Gasper.  Kim led the 10K, then stopped traffic at University and Hastings (because the campus police were missing in action), then roamed the back section of the 10K directing runners.  And Dave’s “#1” Paul Lammert.  Paul arrived at 6:30 and did a little of everything including registration and keeping the Roaring Springs water coolers supplied.  If we’ve missed your volunteering, let us know.  Volunteer of the Year competition is still on.  Dave’s way ahead, but he’s forgoing the jacket this year.  So why was he up at 6 a.m. on Saturday and 4 a.m.on Sunday?  And why’d he just clear his email of 647 Arts Festival emails?  Ah, the life of a Race Director.

Amy Paster
David Eggler
Co-Race Directors

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