Tara Murray, Running: Husband-wife duo sweeps races at First Night event

Ryan Foster, who earned All-American honors and a Big Ten championship for Penn State, won the State College First Night Resolution Run 5K on Jan. 31 in 15 minutes, 17 seconds, just two seconds shy of fellow Penn State alum Artie Gilkes’ course record.

His wife Kara, a two-time 10K champion for Penn State, took the women’s title in 17:13.

Dan Craighead was second in 16:09 followed by Kenny Goodfellow of Hollidaysburg in 16:13. Patrick Singletary was the first masters runner in 17:11.

In the women’s race, Samantha Laforgia of Staten Island, N.Y., was second in 18:37, followed by Samantha Snead of Moscow in 18:51. Meira Minard of State College was the first masters woman and fourth woman overall in 19:12.

Marathoners for Medicine recruiting runners

Runners competing in a spring marathon, half marathon, or long trail race are invited to join the Centre Volunteers in Medicine Marathoners for Medicine Challenge Team. Runners will raise money and awareness for Centre Volunteers in Medicine, providing affordable medical and dental care to

individuals without health insurance.

For more information or to join the team, contact Jaimie Wright at

Race calendar

•  Colyer ‘Sno Big Deal 10K, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., Colyer Lake south parking lot on Lake Road. The Colyer race kicks off the Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teaser series and takes runners on an out-and-back on leg 10 of the 50 mile relay course. There is no registration fee. For more information on the series, which continues with the Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K on March 7, see

•  Sweetheart 5K Fun Run/Walk Benefitting Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Feb. 14, 11 a.m., State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St. Participants can complete optional tasks at each mile marker, including a photo booth, pushups or pull-ups to earn a flower, and a “honeymoon carry” at the finish line. No race awards. Online registration:

•  Irish Heritage/St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K Race, March 14, 8:30 a.m., Joshua House, 123 W. 18th St., Tyrone. Irish themed costumes are encouraged. The event will also include a 50-yard “Go for the Gold” dash for kids. Website:

•  Rodney Myers Memorial Run Around Egg Hill 10-miler and Relay Race, March 22, 2:30 p.m., Gregg Township Elementary School, Spring Mills. Benefits the Penns Valley Area School District track and cross country programs. The course follows scenic country roads, including a short stretch on well-maintained unpaved road, around Egg Hill. Runners may register to run the full course as a solo race or as a two- or three-person medley relay team. Website:

• Kinesiology Club 5K Challenge, March 28, 9 a.m., Burrowes Street in front of the IST Building. Registration form available from the Nittany Valley Running Club,

•  Bunny Blitz 5K Cross Country Trail Run, April 4, 9:30 a.m., Harpster Ball Field, Marengo Rd., Baileyville. Benefits the YMCA of Centre County and the Northern Blair County Recreational Center. Website:

•  April Fool’s 5K, April 11, 10 a.m., Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Hosted by the Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund for Penn State students from Centre County high schools. Registration:

•  FaithCentre 5K/”King of the Hills” 10K Run/Walk, April 11, Bellefonte Area Middle School, 100 N. School St. Benefits the FaithCentre Food Bank and Pet Food Bank of Centre County. Registration: Contact:

•  Race Judicata 5K, April 12, 9 a.m., Lewis Katz Building, Penn State. Benefits the Penn State Dickinson Public Interest Law Fund. Website:

•  Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, April 19, 11 a.m., Beaver Stadium, Curtin Rd. Benefits Special Olympics. Finish on the 50 yard line. Website: