Running pros to share knowledge through distance running camp

For the CDTJuly 2, 2014 

The Krush Program distance camp offers young runners a chance to work with professional coaches and runners. It also offers those coaches and runners a chance to share their wealth of knowledge with the community, said organizer Jayson Jackson.

The camp, which will be held July 21-25 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Circleville Park, is aimed at middle and high school athletes of all abilities. Sessions will teach active stretching, workouts based on ability and age, plyometrics and drills, and will feature a speaker. Jackson said the camp is open to all aspiring runners.

“A primary goal is to interact with other kids and help everyone have a better season,” he said.

Camp staff will include Jackson, cross country and track and field coach for St. Joseph's Catholic Academy; Artie Gilkes, professional coach and assistant cross country and track and field coach for State College Area High School; Rebecca Donaghue, State College cross country coach and professional runner; and Nick Scarpello, a recent alum of the Penn State track and field and cross country programs.

Registration is available through the Krush Program website (http://krushprogram.com) through July 14. The cost is $125 and scholarships are available for those in need. For more information, contact Jackson at jhj105@gmail.com.

Marathoners for Medicine

The Marathoners for Medicine team has been selected as a local cummunity hero for the Central PA 4th Fest. The team raised over $50,000 for Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) in 2014, bringing the total raised since John Domico starting the fundraiser in 2003 to over $500,000.

Twenty-six runners, including Penn State Cross Country Club members, Penn State graduate students, faculty, staff, and Centry County residents ran a spring marathon or half marathon as part of the team this year. Sue Paterno, Olympian and Penn State alum Greg Fredericks, and Penn State women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose served as honorary coaches.

Race results

•  David Roche of Palo Alto, Calif. won the Rothrock Trail Challenge 30K on June 7 in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 49 seconds, beating out Jason Bryant of Elkin, N.C., who was second overall and the first masters finisher in 2:50:06. Ian Grettenberger of State College was the first local finisher and third overall in 2:53:16. Meira Minard of State College was the first woman in 3:26:19, followed by Keely Henninger in 3:26:21.

•  At the Faith Day Race in Tyrone, Lauren Philbrook was first overall in the 5K in 19:27, followed by Todd Plowman of Altoona in 19:29. Chris Sheftic won the 10K in 37:22, and Amanda Becktstaed was the first female in 46:41.

•  At the YMCA Sprint Triathlon in Bellefonte on June 14, Judd Michael won the single loop (200-yard pool swim, 6.5-mile bike, and 2-mile run) in 37:17. Chrissy Cooper was the first woman in 43:37. Dima Kunstbeck of Altoona won the double loop in 1:07:50 and Melissa Davies was first woman in 1:18:31.

•  Joshua Cone won the Millheim Sprint Triathlon (300-yard pool swim, 15-mile bike, and 3-mile run) in 1:04:04. Meira Minard led the women in 1:14:38. Seth Reitz was first through the mini triathlon (half the distance of the sprint) in 53:59 and Darcy Houseknecht was the first woman in 1:02:04.

•  In the second annual running of the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, a hilly tour of the new section of the Tussey Mountainback course on June 22, both men's and women's course records fell. Patrick Singletary set new men's mark in 1:22:25 and Keely Henninger set the women's mark in 1:37:45.

•  Tara Murray (20:47) was first overall at the Shine 4 Stine 5K in State College on the evening of June 27. Dean Capone (20:52) was second overall and first male.

•  Paul Grieve (17:11) won the Crack O' Dawn 5K in Boalsburg on June 28. Lauren Philbrook (18:11) was third overall and the first woman.

Running calendar

•  Hartman Group Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon, July 6, Penn State Natatorium outdoor pool. 750-meter pool swim, 20K bike, and 5K run. The Happy Valley Sprint is part of the YMCA of Centre County's race series. For more information and registration, see http://ymcaofcentrecounty.org.

•  Central PA 4th Fest Firecracker 4K, July 4, 9 a.m., in front of the Bryce Jordan Center. Registration is available on the 4th Fest website at www.4thfest.org/4thfest/firecracker-4k-race/.

•  Race for Education 5K Run/Walk, July 12, 8 a.m., Front St., Philipsburg. Held during Philipsburg Heritage Days. Registration: $15 walk, $20 run. Contact: 544-9403 or philipsburgosceolapto@gmail.com. Website: www.pomounties.org/Page/3335.

•  Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Fest races, July 13, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. 5K, 10K, and 10-miler. The races start between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. and are staggered so that runners finish together. At 11 a.m., kids races are held on the baseball field. More information and registration can be found on the Nittany Valley Running Club site at http://nvrun.com/index.php/racing/club-sponsored/arts-festival-races.

•  Houtzdale Days 5K Run/Walk, July 25, 7 p.m., 601 Good St., Houtzdale. Website: www.facebook.com/HoutzdaleDays5K. Registration: $22 (available online at www.running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=315).

•  Allegheny Front Trail Runs, July 26, 7 a.m., Black Moshannon State Forest. Hemlock Run (20K) and Seneca Run (50K, all trails). Both feature new courses with more miles on the Allegheny Front Trail. Race headquarters is the Mid-State Regional Airport in Philipsburg. Website: http://midstateairport.com/events/AFT_Run.php.

•  Flutopia 5K, July 26, 8:30 a.m., Tudek Park. Website: www.facebook.com/TheFlutopiaInitiative. Online registration: www.active.com/state-college-pa/running/distance-running-races/the-flutopia-5k-2014.

•  FarmFest 5K, Aug. 2, 9 a.m., Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall. Registration: $25. Website: http://farmfest.paorganic.org/5k/.

Tara Murray writes a monthly running column for the Centre Daily Times.

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