Running: Youth club brings USATF meet to central Pennsylvania

The Nittany Track and Field youth club will continue its popular training sessions this summer and add a new event for competitive runners, the USA Track and Field Central Pennsylvania Youth Track Meet.

Organizer Mark Fedkin said the club wanted to create an opportunity for local youth athletes to compete at a higher level without traveling. “Traditionally the biggest track events, such as USATF Junior Olympics, take place in eastern Pennsylvania, close to Philadelphia, while not too much happens here in central Pennsylvania,” Fedkin said.

The new meet will be held on June 6 at the State College Area High School track at 9 a.m.

The club’s summer training session, catering to boys and girls ages 8 to 18 of all abilities and experience levels, began Tuesday at the State College Area High School track and runs through mid-July. Practices are held Monday through Thursday from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., and participants can choose the days they want to attend.

For more information or to register for either the track meet or summer training session, see or call Fedkin at 876-0461.

Running club presents workshop series

The Nittany Valley Running Club will present a series of seminars and workshops in June. The series is open to the public, but members get a reduced price.

The first seminar, titled “Nutrition Strategies to Enhance Performance, Build Muscle and Preserve Bone,” will be presented by Jody Whipple, nutritionist at Strategic Orthopaedics, at 7 p.m. June 1. Registration is $5 for club members and $15 for non-members. Register online at

On June 5 at 6 p.m., Monarch Martial Arts will conduct a workshop on “Self Defense for Runners.” Registration is $15 for club members and $25 for non-members. Adults and children ages 12 and older are welcome. Register online at

The last seminar in the series, “Strength Training for Running Health and Performance,” presented by Tom Whipple, owner and physical therapist at Strategic Orthopaedics, will be held at 7 p.m. June 29. Registration is $15 for club members and $25 for non-members. Register online at

Race results

•  Matthew Beyerle won the Bunny Blitz 5K trail race in Baileyvile on April 4, finishing in 18 minutes, 41 seconds. Hannah Rose was the first woman in 20:54.

•  At the April Fool’s 5K on April 11 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Andrew Maguire of State College was first in 19:09, and Lauren Mulcahy of Eldersburg, Md., led the women in 22:47.

•  Alan Effrig of State College claimed the “King of the Hills” title at the FaithCentre 10K in Bellefonte on April 11, finishing in 40:01. Debbie Simoncek of Howard (45:35) was crowned “Queen of the Hills.” Marc Dingman won the 5K in 19:28 and Elyzabeth Engle was the first woman in 27:22.

•  Josh Litofsky of State College was the first runner to complete the 11-mile Tussey to Whipple race, part of the Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teaser series, finishing in 1:11:56. Sayard Tanis (1:14:15) of Dauphin was the first woman.

•  A top trail-running couple from Sunnyvale, Calif. showed they can run on the roots and rocks of central Pennsylvania, taking the top spots at the Hyner Trail Challenge on April 18. David Roche finished the 25K race in 2:14:05 and his wife Megan Roche crossed the finish line in 2:35. Adam Russell of Rome won the 50K race in 4:49:30, and Jessica Zozos of Mill Hall was the first woman in 5:56:34.

•  Former Penn State standout Ryan Foster won the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 3 Mile Run on April 19 in 14:42. Victoria Raish took the women’s race in 17:56.

•  At the Coaches vs. Cancer 5K on April 25 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Matt Pennoch of Bridgeton, N.J., was first in 18:26, and Kara Fickinger of Lincoln University led the women in 21:46.

Running calendar

•  Beidelheimer Sidewinder 10K, May 9, 9:30 a.m., Whipple Dam State Park. Part of the Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teaser series. Age- and gender-graded results and awards. Registration: $25 (includes transportation to the race start). For registration and more information on the series, see

•  4K4 Rwanda, May 16, 10 a.m., Boalsburg Military Museum. Benefits the Hope Made Real Children’s Education Fund, Rwanda. Contact Lauren Sonsteby at For information, go to

•  Victory 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, May 16, 10 a.m., Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College. Online registration:

•  Marion Walker Elementary PTO 5K/1 Mile run/walk, May 16, 9 a.m., Walker Township Park Pavilion. Contact Erin Cernuska at or register at

•  Black Moshannon 5K and 10K, May 23, 10 a.m., Black Moshannon State Park. Website:

•  Rothrock Trail Challenge, June 6, 7 a.m., Tussey Ski Area. 17.2 miles. The event is part of the LaSportiva Mountain Cup and Trail Runner Trophy Series and usually attracts top trail runners but also welcomes less competitive runners and speed hikers. Register by May 20 at

•  Faith Day 5K/10K Race, June 6, 8 a.m., Joshua House, 123 W. 18th St., Tyrone. Also includes a kids 50-yard race. For more information and registration, see