'Unseasonably Cold' for 17th
BY MORGAN WASIKONIS
STATE COLLEGE, PA--The 17th Annual Nittany Valley Half-Marathon was held on December 2, 2000 amid gorgeous blue skies equipped with light, wispy clouds. It actually felt like December, however, in Happy Valley, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions.
In the past two years, runners were treated to above normal temperatures; in the mid 50s in 1999 and close to 70 in 1998. Pictures from the 1998 race appeared to have been taken somewhere other than State College in December as runners sported the topless look wearing just jog bras or no shirt at all.
Participants bundled up this year, however, to battle mid-20 degree temperatures with wind. A record number 264 finishers were not to be deterred by the weather. This race has steadily increased its finishing numbers each year since 1994.
Gregg Davis, 21, of State College, was the overall winner with a time of 1:15:23. The course was a little longer this year because it has been measured for USATF certification. Ask anyone who has run the race before and they will tell you that the challenging terrain always made it seem at least as long as a half-marathon. At least everyone gets a PR this year!
Davis led from early in the race, as did the first female overall. Kris Phillips, 20, of University Park, finished first for the women with a 1:30:54. Both had leads from at least the five-mile mark onward.
Vic Fleming, 21, and Dennis Koch, 23, both of State College, finished second and third, respectively, in times of 1:15:43 and 1:16:40.
Members of the Nittany Valley Running Club would like to take this opportunity to thank Tom Cali for his sponsorship and for the help of his and Dan Eck's Cub Scout troop who covered two water stops, and for ProCopy Inc.'s donation of the race flyers, and Danone International's donation of water for the finish line. Also I would like to thank our volunteers: Joe Reynolds, Jean Ware, Quynh Tran, Tony DeBoef, Paul Moser, Marty Mazur, Tim Scitti and sons, Kelly Pflaum, Matt Beaugard, Jackie Volkman, Ben Haldeman, Alicia Cole-Quigley, Liz Kisenwether and kids, Mark Ashby, Dave Boger, Amy Pattishall, Gerry Glyde, Jim Moore, Betsey Eggler, and Jenn who did data entry. Co-race director, Dave Eggler, gets a huge "thank you" for his able assistance.