Last week we had two pre-Christmas group runs. Unfortunately, numbers were down, in large part because of the weather. Marty Mazur led the State College Jingle Bell Run around the west end of town on Tuesday evening (12/17). Usually, 10 to 20+ people participate, and Marty passes the hat to collect for the State College Food Bank. This year, a morning ice storm hit. By evening, the roads and sidewalks were pretty clear and the temperatures were relatively mild (mid-30s), but the morning conditions probably left people a bit leery about venturing out. Only five runners came for the run, which was pleasant enough and included a stop at Marty’s house for warm Fireball apple cider punch and cookies. The run ended at Hi-Way Pizza West. Marty ended up sending $100 from his collection to the Food Bank.
The next evening was not pleasant at all. Icy squalls kept the numbers down at the Bellefonte Holiday Lights run. Kim Gasper usually gets 20 or more runners for her run, which raises money and collects supplies for Pets Come First. Again, numbers were down, but the conditions didn't stop the small but hardy crew from running (sliding) through the streets of Bellefonte including a visit to the Santa house down by the courthouse. Afterwards, hot chocolate and cookies were enjoyed by all. Below is a picture from the Bellefonte run.
Hopefully, everyone had a nice Christmas. Certainly, the weather this week has been better than last week’s. There was another group run in Bellefonte this morning. And Marty, running with his son Andy in Spring Creek Canyon, ran into a group from the Club (Meira, Carole, Andy McGuire, CJ, and a bunch of happy trail dogs). Keep up the running through the New Year!
Runners from this year's Bellefonte Holiday Lights Run