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Sloppy Socks is a hit!

July 24, 2008 - Erik Brown
The reviews on the inaugural Sloppy Socks 5K are in, and it seems like the race was a big success. I wasn’t there, but my twins (Michael and Mark) ran it and had a great time. They really liked the European style course which included slogging across a ditch and through a stream. Michael also got a lot of amusement from seeing a female runner struggling to get up an embankment. I guess that apple didn't fall far from the tree. 
Then there was this item posted on the NVRC discussion site:
“A group of us went down to the Sloppy Socks race down in Hollidaysburg yesterday. It was billed as a European-style XC race with lots of mud, dirt, water and other natural obstacles. Well, they weren't kidding! It was actually 3 loops of a 1 mile course, with a small loop at the end for the 0.1. I was not crazy about the loop part at first, but during each loop it was fun to try and refine my "technique" to get through the obstacles.

The first 1/3 of a mile or so was in a field, which was tame enough, until you had to make a sharp turn and hop down into a trench about 3-4 ft deep with about 10-12 inches of muddy water in it. No way to actually hop over it, you definitely had to get both feet in there. Then you had to claw your way up the other muddy slide...I mean you slide back into the trench a few times before getting out. On one loop, I actually had to grab onto a tree branch to pull myself out. Then back out into the field another 1/4 mile, into the woods where you ran on a narrow trail. Be careful you don't slide down into the river on the part of the trail that angles about 45 degrees toward the water! Run up and down through the woods until you come out to the river bed where you have to run on a path of slippery rocks and water around a small "island" and go back up a extremely steep trail to get back up onto the grass...more trail, then repeat twice!
It was a real BLAST. There were definitely lots of sloppy, muddy socks. If you like XC and trail racing, it is definitely an event to consider for next year.”
To Williamsburg’s Doug Hoover and Everett’s Stephanie Blackstone who won the men’s and women’s national titles respectively at the 2008 USBA Summer Biathlon National Championships and World Championship Trials at Whitetail Preserve. It was Hoover’s third straight national title. Hoover and Blackstone will now represent the United States in the 2008 IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships in France on September 24th and 25th.
And to Rebecca Donaghue, the head coach of the State College Area High School girls’ cross country team, who finished 8th in the women’s 5000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials earlier this month in Eugene, Oregon. Coach Donaghue’s time in the final was a very impressive 15:35.
Upcoming Events
August 2 – YMCA Canoe Creek Triathlon & 5K Race – This is the next event in the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s Community Wellness Challenge Series. The triathlon includes a half mile out and back open water swim, a 13 mile loop on the bike, and a 5K run. Note: Scuba divers and lifeguards will be overseeing the swim. For non-triathletes, there is also a 5K run and a 2 mile walk.
NVRC Race CalendarFor a listing of numerous other upcoming races, etc. check out the Nittany Valley Running Club’s race calendar.

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