The bimonthly meeting of the NVRC was held on June 4 at the Hi-Way Pizza on N. Atherton. The usual officers pre-meeting was uncharacteristically lightly attended. Several of the officers were not present: Secretary Erika Christiansen, Treasurer Dave Eggler, and Membership Director Marty Klanchar could not attend. President Bob Shafer and Communications Director Marty Mazur were there as well as past officers and race directors Cheryl Capone (with Dean), Amy Blake, Jake Clements. The main topic of conversation was this year’s Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival races. Due to increasing core campus restrictions and costs, the races have been moved and will be staged from the Ag Arena on Park Avenue. The cost of University Police and staging at Medlar Field have made running the Arts Fest races on campus unsustainable. The Arts Fest races are the main source of income for the Club and allow us to support numerous youth running activities. Last year, the races netted essentially zero, due in part to the trend in lower participation, but largely to the ever increasing cost of running on campus.

The new courses will be more rural, with some portions of the 10K on the Toftrees rail trail, and much of the 5K being run on the Ag Arena land and connected (via a tunnel under the 322 bypass) Penn Stater land. Staging at the Ag Arena will be considerable less expensive than on the core campus, and police costs will be minimal. All this is good in light of another bit of bad news. Penn State Health, which has been the largest sponsor of the Arts Fest races for the last few years, will not renew the sponsorship this year. This essentially wipes out the cost saving of moving the race. We are also looking at other sponsorship options, but these may not be in place for this year’s race. Thus, the success of this year’s race depends even more on attendance! Please come out and run the new courses! Information on the Arts Fest Races can be found here: And if you would like to help make the races a success by volunteering on race day or helping to plan or attract sponsors, please contact Chris (Crowe) Hunsberger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The general meeting got going as more people showed up. David Lloyd, Kim Gasper, John Iceland, Monica Mahoney, Alan Effrig, Artie Gilkes, Rebecca Donahue, and several members of the State High boys track and field team were among the attendees.

A couple of topics for general discussion were brought up. First, Marty Mazur let those present know about the present situation with the Arts Fest races. We need runners and volunteers to make the event a success. Our Club depends on it!

Next up, Monica Mahoney, who serves on the board of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Ultramarathon and Relay race, talked about the need for more volunteers to help plan and coordinate that race. The mOUnTaiNBACK is not an NVRC race, but one the Club sponsors and helps in various ways. Race day volunteers are, of course, always needed, but that race in particular has a need for a lot of pre-planning and coordination. Monica will be providing Communications Director Marty Mazur with information on what they need, which Marty will send out to the Club. If you can help Monica, send her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Monica also announced that this year’s mOUnTaiNBACK beneficiary will be the Jeremy Herbstritt Foundation.

Kim Gasper talked a bit about this year’s Herbie’s Home Town Loop, 4 and 10 Mile races that will be held this year on August 17. The races honor the memory of Jeremy Herbstritt, who died in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. This year, the race will again benefit the soon-to-be-constructed Bellefonte track.

The big events of the evening were award presentations. The Club presented a certificate and a plaque to the State College Area High School boys track and field team in honor of their winning both the indoor and outdoor PIAA Class AAA state championships. Several of the boys were there, including a few not in the attached photo, necessitating a larger than usual pizza order. The Club also honored the State High boys coach Artie Gilkes with a certificate and plaque for being named the Coach of the Year by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association.

Finally, the 2018 Race Series winners were given certificates and prizes for their performance in last year’s Race Series. Shundai Li won first place. Alan Effrig took second, and Cheryl Capone was third. For information on the Race Series, go to

The next Club meeting will be our annual picnic. Date (probably mid-August) and venue will be announced.

SCHS boys 2019

Coach Artie Gilkes and several members of the 2019 Stae College Area High School boys track and field team.