Present: Amy Blake, Mike Casper, Dave Eggler, John Iceland, Marty Klanchar, Ken Knappenberger, Monica Mahoney, Marty Mazur, Bob Shafer, Jamie Wright
The first item on the agenda was fundraising. The challenge for NVRC is that the Arts Fest races are not being held this year (nor last) due to the pandemic, and those are the club’s biggest fundraisers. Money from these fundraisers is what allows NVRC to support other running activities in town, such as youth running (e.g., Nittany Track and Field). Meeting attendees discussed various options for fundraising. One member will look into the possibility of holding an outdoor mile race some time during the summer. There was discussion of holding a club-sponsored race in August, and also initiating a new membership drive as the pandemic (hopefully) recedes over the summer and more group running activities are possible.
The second item was an update on CVIM (Centre Volunteers in Medicine) running-related fundraising efforts. Jamie Wright, who is leading this effort, has been reaching out to get more people involved, especially since Nittany Valley Half Marathon (which raises money for CVIM) wasn’t held last year. Previously, the fundraising activity had been called “Marathoners for Medicine,” but this year it will be called the “2021 CVIM Challenge” as a way to open up fundraising efforts to runners involved in races of all lengths. There will be more publicity about the Challenge in the coming weeks.
The third item on the agenda was the race calendar for the rest of the year. There are some efforts to organize races for the summer and beyond, though some of these are still in early planning stages. Races where more definitive plans are underway include the Nittany Valley Half Marathon on December 5. This year it likely will be a fairly bare bones, no frills race, such as not having a post-race party, due to current public health conditions. The main focus is raising money for CVIM. There likely will be a low entry fee. More information will be forthcoming beginning in May.
The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 mile race is scheduled for October 24. The current plan is that the same entry rules as last year will apply to this year, where the race will include ultrarunners and teams only with family members. This is subject to change—to allow more relay teams—if public health conditions improve.