Warmer weather drawing end to running season but opens up triathlon season

With the end of Penn State’s spring semester, and warmer temperatures making running more challenging, there are fewer 5K races on the local calendar. For runners looking for a different kind of challenge, though, triathlon season is just getting started.

The Millheim Pool Sprint Triathlon on June 24 offers a short, beginner-friendly course consisting of a 300-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run. The Millheim Mini (150-yard swim, 7.5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run) provides an even shorter option. The events start at 8 a.m. with a staggered swim. The triathlon raises funds for the Millheim Pool. For registration and course maps, see www.millheimpool.com/triathlon.html.

The Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon on July 2 has the more standard sprint distance of a 750-meter swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run. Sponsored by the YMCA of Centre County, the Happy Valley triathlon takes place at Penn State’s outdoor pool. Participants are assigned to heats based on predicted swim times, and the first heat starts at 7 a.m. For registration and more information, see http://ymcaofcentrecounty.org.

For the more adventurous, the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s Canoe Creek triathlon has an open water swim ( 1/2-mile) followed by a 13-mile bike and 5K run. The event also offers duathlon and running-only options. For registration and more information, see http://hollidaysburgareaymca.org.

All three events also offer team options for those who don’t want to take on all three sports individually.

Local race results

▪  The Beidelheimer Sidewinder 10K on May 13 is the only local race to give awards based on age- and gender-graded times. Typically, this system allows older runners to place ahead of younger, speedier runners by comparing performances to age-group world records. This year, however, the two runners with the fastest male and female times also scored the best on the age-graded scale.

Patrick Singletary, 51, of State College, was first to the finish line at Whipple Dam State Park in 37 minutes, 17 seconds, for a graded score of 83.01 percent. Carole Dudukovich, 50, of Port Matilda, finished in 41:57, graded at 81.92 percent. Both are considered national-class times. Dudukovich’s clock time beat all other women, and she placed second in the graded scoring.

▪  Matthew Rodgers, 18, of State College, won the Troop 31 5K on May 13 at Tudek Park, finishing in 18:58. Karen Peoples, 50, also of State College, was the first woman in 30:08.

▪  Teenage runners dominated the shorter distance at the Penns Valley Youth Center 5K and 10K on May 20 in Spring Mills. Colton Sands, 14, of Centre Hall, won in 16:58. Kelsey Hull, 13, also of Centre Hall, was the first female in 21:36. In the 10K, masters runners prevailed, with Patrick Singletary leading the way in 39:17 and Lynda Federinko, 53, of Spring Mills first among women in 52:29.

▪  The Black Moshannon 5K and 10K races, presented by the YMCA of Centre County, have been a Memorial Day weekend tradition for decades, but this year a new challenge was added: doubling up and racing both distances. Of the 28 runners to take on the double, Levi Foust had the best combined time, taking first in both the 5K (17:40) and 10K (36:13). Laura Velasquez won the women’s double with a 22:10 in the 5K and 50:58 in the 10K. Velasquez was the first woman in the 5K, while Kateryna Yakushina, not doing the double, was the first woman overall in the 10K in 44:55.

▪  Matthew Beyerle won the Boalsburg Memorial Day 3.8-miler in 20:39, and Victoria Raish took the women’s race in 24:07. In all, 278 people completed the run, which is a long-standing part of the Boalsburg Memorial Day celebration.

▪  Michael Renz of Port Matilda chose to spend his Memorial Day weekend with a longer race, the Sole Challenge 24-hour run in Fayetteville. In 24 hours beginning on May 27 and ending on May 28, Renz completed a total of 100.5 miles. He finished second to nationally-known ultramarathoner Keith Straw.

Race calendar

▪  The Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teaser series wraps up with its final two races this month. On June 4, the Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle takes runners on a 10.6-mile out-and-back tour of the Mountainback’s next to last leg, starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Colyer Lake boat launch. Then on June 18, starting at 8:30 a.m., the Eager Seeger Half Marathon covers legs six through eight of the course, starting and finishing at the Alan Seeger Picnic Area. More information on the Teaser series and the Mountainback ultramarathon and relay race can be found at www.tusseymountainback.com.

▪  Crack o’ Dawn 5K, June 24, 8 a.m., Lions Community Hall, 130 S. Academy St., Boalsburg. Proceeds support the community programs of VanDance. Registration available from Active.com at http://bit.ly/crackodawn2017.

▪  Firecracker 4K and 4 Mile, July 4, 9 a.m., in front of Bryce Jordan Center on Curtin Rd. Part of the Central PA 4TH FEST. Registration and more information available at http://4thfest.org.

▪  Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival 5K, 10K, and 10 Mile, July 16, Medlar Field. The races have staggered starting times, beginning with the 10-miler at 8:15 a.m. Quarter-mile and half-mile kids races start at 11 a.m. For more information and registration, see http://nvrun.com.

▪  Allegheny Front Trail Runs half marathon and 50K, Aug. 5. The 50K starts at 7 a.m. and the half marathon starts at 8 a.m., both from the Mid-State Regional Airport in Philipsburg. Registration available from Active.com at http://bit.ly/goAFTRit2017.