Nittany Valley half marathon featured on must-do list

The Nittany Valley Half Marathon is featured at the top of a list of 24 “must-do” races across the United States.

In November and December, on the Competitor Group website,, it notes the race’s “long and rich history.” It will be run for the 30th time on Dec. 8.

The event’s history dates back even further. It got started in the 1970’s as the Nittany Valley Marathon. The half marathon distance was introduced in 1984, the last year the full marathon was run. This year, the race is under new leadership with race director John Wilcock, but Wilcock said he doesn’t plan to make any major changes to the event.

The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Penn State Ag Arena and finishes at the Centre County Visitor Center. Online registration is available through Dec. 6 at Race day registration will be held at the Ag Arena. For more information, email at

A full marathon, missing from the local race calendar since 1984, was revived in State College with the Mt. Nittany Marathon on Sept. 1. The Mt. Nittany Conservancy has announced that the second annual event will be held on Aug. 31, 2014. The course will again start and finish near Medlar

Field at Lubrano Park, though some changes may be made to the course, according to the Mt. Nittany Conservancy website. The start time has been moved up to 7 a.m. Registration is not yet open, but more information is available at

Race results

•  Penn State grad student Lauren Philbrook was the ninth woman at the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Nov. 17. Philbrook finished in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 1 second.

•  Dan Craighead of State College repeated as winner of the Give ‘Em 5! Run for Veterans 5-miler on Nov. 3 in Bellefonte. He was followed by David Moore (27:31) and Patrick Singletary (28:59), also of State College. Robert Shafer of Bellefonte was the first veteran in 31:52. Meira Minard of State

College easily won the women’s race in 33:25. Debbie Simoncek of Howard was second woman overall and first female veteran in 38:27. Lauren Quevillon of State College rounded out the women’s top three in 40:46.

•  Michael Biletter of Springfield won the Run for Shelter 5K in State College on Nov. 9 with a convincing 16:10. Singletary was second in 17:12 and Robert Lugg of State College was third in 17:44. Minard picked up another win in 19:34, followed by Megan Marshall of State College in 19:47. Tara Murray of Bellefonte was third in 21:02.

• Alex Curtze of Boalsburg won the new Boalsburg Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving in 16:36. Marshall (18:46) prevailed in the women’s division, earning herself a turkey. Her husband Eric was third overall in 17:10, earning a pie. David Barry of Vandalia, Ohio was second in 16:58. Jaimie Wright (18:57) and Vicki Barclay (19:04), both of State College, took second and third in the women’s division.

Running calendar

•  First Night State College Resolution Run 5K, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m., corner of College Ave. and Allen St. Race day headquarters is the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church basketball court. Runners are encouraged to run in costume and there is a special award for the best costume. Website:

•  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., 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 by

5 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the meet to register. For more information about the meets and joining the NVRC, see