The seventh annual Jeremy Herbstritt Memorial 5K is going shirtless for Sandy Hook. Participants may still wear shirts, but the race will not provide t-shirts to participants this year. The money that would have gone to printing t-shirts, along with the rest of the event proceeds, will be donated to families of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to organizer Jen Herbstritt.
The Herbstritt race takes place on the anniversary of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting where Jeremy, a Bellefonte Area High School and Penn State graduate as well as an avid runner, was killed. Following the race, there will be a non-denominational candle-lighting memorial service honoring all those whose lives have been taken prematurely as a result of violence.
The race begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 16 at the IM Building on Penn State’s campus. Registration information is available on the Nittany Valley Running Club’s website at nvrun.com. Race day registration and packet pick up will take place from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
For more information, contact Jen Herbstritt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K event has new course
The End of the Mountain 5K Walk/Run in Lemont will feature a new course this year in response to feedback from runners of the inaugural race. The course will still take participants on a complete scenic and hilly tour of Lemont and the end of Mt. Nittany, but will no longer start with an immediate steep hill according to organizer Lauren Steinberg.
The 5K starts at the Lemont Village Green at 9 a.m. on May 18. A course map, elevation profile, and registration is available on the Lemont Village Association website at www.lemontvillage.org. Race day registration and packet pick up will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The race benefits continued rehabilitation of the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds, and granary tours will be held throughout the morning and after the awards ceremony.
For more information, call Steinberg at 880-7161 or email her at LaurenSteinberg1@gmail.com.
Philbrook takes second
Penn State grad student Lauren Phillbrook was the second woman at the Rock’n’Roll USA half marathon in Washington, DC March 16. Philbrook finished in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 46 seconds, less than a minute behind winner Hilary Dionne. Joining Philbrook in the top ten was fellow Penn Stater Kelsey Markham, whose 1:22:40 was good for 10th place.
Cody Pontius, 24, of State College won the Kinesiology 5K Challenge on March 17 in 17 minutes, 9 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of Andrew Sidevac (18:03) and Alan Effrig (18:08). Mia Chen, 32, of Brooklyn was the first woman and fourth overall in 19:16. Jaycie Sluss of State College narrowly beat Ali Thompson, also of State College, to get second in 20:48.
Patrick Singletary, 47, of State College won the Rodney Myers Memorial Run Around Egg Hill 10 Miler for the second time in a row on March 24 in 59 minutes, 45 seconds. Yu Zhang of State College and Andy Cunningham of Port Matilda reversed their positions from the previous year, with Zhang taking second in 1:00:37 and Cunningham third in 1:01:21. Meira Minard, 39, of State College, won the women’s race in 1:07:37. Aroline Hanson of State College was second in 1:09:05 and Kendra Foor of Annapolis was third in 1:11:15.
David Moore, 28, of State College won the April Fools 5K on March 30 in 16:19. Singletary was second in 17:55 followed by Effrig in 18:22. Becky Wittrig, 45, of Port Matilda was the first woman in 21:17, followed by Ali Thompson in 21:23 and Kelsey Stoner of Warren in 23:01.
Family Life’s 5K. Apr. 6, 9 a.m., 108 Ridge Rd. (corner of Route 192 and Ridge Rd.), Centre Hall. Website: www.flpv.org.
FaithCentre 5K and “King/Queen of the Hills” 10K. Apr. 6, 10 a.m., Bellefonte Middle School. Website: www.faithcentre.info.
Tussey to Whipple 11 Miler. Apr. 7, 9 a.m. Tussey Teaser #2, introducing runners to the first three legs of the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon course. Free. Runners start at Tussey Mountain Ski Area and arrange their own transportation from the finish at Whipple Dam State Park back to the start. Website: http://tusseymountainback.com.
Autism Speaks U 5K. Apr. 13, noon, State College Municipal Building. Website: https://events.autismspeaksu.org.
Beaver Stadium 5K. Apr. 21, 11 a.m., Curtin Rd. in front of the Bryce Jordan Center. Presented by Special Olympics Pennsylvania and benefiting special athletes competing in Summer Games at Penn State. Finishes at the 50 yard line inside Beaver Stadium. Website: www.specialolympicspa.org.
Dog Jog 5K. Apr. 27, 10 a.m., Grange Fair Grounds (Gate 2), Centre Hall. Runners may participate with or without a leashed dog. Benefits Pets Come First.
Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge half marathon. May 5, 7 a.m., Greenwood Furnace State Park. Website: www.greenwoodfurnacetrailchallenge.com.
Linden Loop 5-miler. May 5, 2 p.m., Linden Hall Rd. Event also includes a 28-mile supported bike ride at 12:30 p.m., 5-mile family/recreational bike ride at 1 p.m., 5-mile walk at 1:30 p.m., and free tours of the Rock Hill School from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Website and online registration: http://rockhillschoolatlindenhall.blogspot.com.
Tara Murray writes a monthly running column for the CDT. She can be reached at TaraEmily@gmail.com.