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 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!
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 http://nvrun.com/index.php/racing/nvrc-race-series.
The next Club meeting will be our annual picnic. Date (probably mid-August) and venue will be announced.
Coach Artie Gilkes and several members of the 2019 Stae College Area High School boys track and field team.