Running: County runners brave cold for Resolution Run 5K

January 2, 2014 

Nearly 800 runners — many in costume — braved frigid temperatures and a swirling wind to ring in the new year at the First Night State College Resolution Run 5K on Tuesday night.

Course record holder Artie Gilkes led the way, finishing in 16 minutes, 14 seconds. Last year’s winner Jacob Loverich was second in 16:22, with Matt Herring one second back.

On the women’s side, course and event record holder and State College girls cross country coach Rebecca Donaghue cruised to a win in 17:48, finishing sixth overall. Vicki Barclay, a cyclist on the

Stan’s Notubes elite race team, was second in 19:38. Meira Minard took third in 19:48.

Patrick Singletary took the masters title and fourth overall in 17:11. Tracy Salvino-Longenecker was the first female master in 23:25.

Marathoners for Medicine recruiting

for spring marathon season

Among the 36,000 runners expected to toe the line for the 2014 Boston Marathon in April will be more than 30 local runners. Many of them will run as part of the Centre Volunteers in Medicine Marathoners for Medicine Challenge Team.

Though the field for Boston has been set since October, Marathoners for Medicine invites those who are planning on running any spring half or full marathon to join the team. Last year, team members ran the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon in Washington, DC, and

the Pocono Marathon in addition to Boston.

This will mark the thirteenth year of the Marathoners for Medicine fundraising effort, which has raised more than $300,000 for the nonprofit clinic.

Runners can contact organizer Jaimie Wright at jaimiewright@gmail.com for information on joining the team.

Mt. Nittany Marathon registration opens

Registration is open for the second annual Mt. Nittany Marathon, to be held on Labor Day Weekend.

Race director John Hook said several changes are planned for the race. The start has been moved up to 7 a.m., and the pre-race pasta dinner will be included with registration.

Online registration is available at mtnittany.org/marathon. Runners who participated in the first Mt. Nittany Marathon should wait to register, though, said Hook, because they will receive a special form giving them a 20 percent discount on the registration fee.

Race results

Ryan Brown won the Penns Valley Turkey Trot 5K in Spring Mills on Thanksgiving Day in 18 minutes flat. Matt Fuller took second in 18:20, followed by Jeff Smucker in 18:36. Alisha Jordan won the women’s division in 21:46, followed by Sarah Farrant (22:30) and Emma Federinko (23:05).

Running calendar

•  CJ’s Resolution Challenge, Jan. 4, 9 a.m., R.B. Winter State Park, 17215 Buffalo Rd., Mifflinburg. Choose between RC Revolutions 3-hour timed run or Last Man Standing competition. Registration: $35 ($15 for kids age 5-12 participating in RC Revolutions with supervision). Website: resolutionchallenge.org.

•  Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile Series, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m., Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., Jan. 31 at 4 p.m., Feb. 7 at 5 p.m., Penn State Ashenfelter Indoor Track. The Feb. 7 race will also include a 3,000-meter run. The races are free but participants must be NVRC members and email nvrcindoormile@gmail.com by 5 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the meet to register. For more information about the meets and joining the NVRC, see nvrun.com.

•  Fireball Friday 5K, Jan. 24, 5 p.m., Westside Stadium Bar & Grill, 1301 W. College Ave., State College. Ages 21 and over, includes post-race party. Online registration: www.active.com.

•  Tussey Teaser #0: Colyer ‘Sno Big Deal 10K, Feb. 8, 10 a.m., Colyer Lake south parking lot, LakeRoad, Centre Hall. Free. The first in the Tussey Teasers series of races introducing runners to the mostly unpaved roads of the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon course in Rothrock State Forest. For more information and details for the rest of the series, see tusseymountainback.com/tussey_teasers.html.

•  SnowFest 3.5-mile trail run, Feb. 9, 1 p.m., R.B. Winter State Park, 17215 Buffalo Rd., Mifflinburg. Registration: $20 by Jan. 17, $25 thereafter and on race day. Website: www.midpenntrailblazers.com.

•  Pennsylvania State Snowshoe Championship 5K, Feb. 15, 11 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Rd., Drums. Qualifying race for the National Snowshoe Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, Woodford, Vt. Beginners are welcome and rentals are available. If there is no snow, the event will be held as a trail run. For more information, conatct Frank Gaval at 570-788-4219 or barb123@ptd.net, or visit snowshoeracing.com.

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