When Mike Martin found out that One Run for Boston was coming through central Pennsylvania, he didn't hesitate to sign up.
The non-stop relay from Los Angeles to Boston was raising money for One Fund Boston, a charity helping victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and gave Martin an opportunity to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon.
After listening to a podcast by the organizers of the relay, he checked it out online, then recruited his friend Mike Renz to join him. Martin, of State College, and Renz, of Port Matilda, both experienced marathoners, joined ultramarathoner Craig Murphy on the 17-mile leg from Canoe Creek Lake to
Alexandria on April 9.
Martin and Renz figured they'd get a good training run in for their upcoming marathon in Pittsburgh on May 4. Though they knew the distance, they didn't realize until they started the run that they were tackling the longest leg of the cross-country relay. Unfazed, the three clocked a seven and a half
minute per mile pace for the run, cruising by a planned water stop before the water could be delivered and arriving at the handoff an hour ahead of schedule.
The relay arrived in Boston on April 13, one week ahead of the 2014 Boston Marathon, having raised nearly $450,000.
Renz said being a part of something bigger made the run fly by, even though the two friends had completed a 22-mile training run just days prior. It helped that the route along the Lower Trail was scenic. “It was beautiful,” Renz said. “The route was a rail trail along a river through the woods.”
The relay runners carried a baton containing a GPS tracking device, enabling supporters to track them on a live map.
Martin and Renz are both running the Pittsburgh Marathon as part of the Marathoners for Medicine team raising funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine.
Youth running program to start May 5
The Nittany Track and Field (NTF) youth running club will start its summer training season on May 5.
The club is for runners age 8 through high school. Newcomers and more experienced track and field athletes alike are welcome to hone their skills in sprints, hurdles, distance running, jumps, and throws.
Practices will be held four times a week, Monday through Thursday, from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at the State College Area High School South track, from May 5 through July 17. Attendance is flexible for those who don't want to come every day.
More information is available on the NTF website at www.ntfxc.com or contact Mark Fedkin at 876-0461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josh Cone won the Race Judicata 5K on April 6 in 18 minutes, 25 seconds. Morgan Rosselli of Rockton was the first woman in 20:23.
Alan Effrig earned the King of the Hills title at the FaithCentre 10K in Bellefonte on April 12 with a time of 38:32. Emily Fertig was Queen of the Hills in 45:21. Terry Reid won the 5K in 18:52 and on the women's side, Alison Amaismeier was first in 22:37.
Thomas Rudowsky won the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 3 mile run on April 13 in 16:36. Kendra Black took the women's race in 19:33.
Hopping to victory in the Bunny Blitz 5K Cross Country Trail Run on April 19 was Nate Woodman in 20 minutes flat. Carole Dudokovich was the first women in 22:42.
Effrig scored another win at the Coaches vs. Cancer 5K on April 26 in 19 minutes. Juliet Sikora led the women with a 21:29 finish.
Ian Golden of Ithaca, N.Y. won the Hyner View Trail Challenge in Renovo with a time of 5 hours, 2 minutes. In second was Penn State grad student Ian Grettenberger in 5:10:49. On the women's side,
Jacqueline Palmer of Erie won in 5:56:12. Not far behind was a Penn State ungrad, Keely Henninger, in 6:09:39. David Roche of Palo Alto, Calif. won the 25K in 2:10:54, followed by Eric Marshall of State College in 2:27:55. Johanna Ohm of State College, making her trail racing debut, was first among women in 3:05:04. Shanelle Peters of Mifflin was second in 3:09:53.