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October Local Race Calendar

October 3, 2008 - Erik Brown
Well, it’s been a long time since my last post. Between work, family life, and a bout with the common cold, I’ve been trying to prepare for a special race of my own in the near future. Unfortunately, I’ve been neglecting the vast multitudes of loyal Against The Wind readers with my recent inactivity on this blog. So, with humble apologies to all five of you, I offer this update.
I’ll soon post the next (third) installment of my Seven Habits of Highly Successful High School Distance Runners, but for today let’s take a look at some upcoming races for the broader running community.
Local Race Calendar
The Dream Factory 5K Run, Saturday, October 4th (that would be tomorrow!), Where: Lower Trail (Rails to Trails) in Williamsburg, PA, Registration at 8:00 AM, Race begins at 9:00 AM, Race Day Entry Fees: $20 for individuals, $25 for Families of two or more. The Dream Factory is the second largest children’s wish granting organization in the country with 36 chapters in 19 states. For more information, you can contact Jodie Albarano at
The 18th Annual Knights of Columbus State College Adventure 5K, Sunday, October 5th, Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 850 Stratford Drive, State College, PA (free parking and restrooms), Race Day Registration begins at noon, Race begins at 2:00 PM, Race Day Entry Fees: $15 for individuals, Full fee for the first two family members, $10 for each additional family member. This is a Nittany Valley Running Club event. For more information, click here.
The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA October Half Marathon & Races, Saturday, October 11th, Where: Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, 1111 Hewit Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 (free parking and restrooms), This race was formerly known as the Old Tyme Faire Race, but please note the starting / finish area has been moved to the YMCA itself. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
Note: The Altoona Mirror is a sponsor of the YMCA's Community Wellness Challenge Series. As such, the Mirror has a limited number of complimentary entries for this event that are available on a first come, first serve basis. To request a complimentary entry, contact me at or call me at 814-946-7482.
The 9th Annual Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon. Saturday, October 11th. This race is the host of the 2008 USA 50 Mile Championships. This is a Nittany Valley Running Club event. For complete information, click here.
Mark Your Calendar
The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will hold a Turkey Trot Race on Saturday, November 29th at 8:30 AM and a Twilight Race on Wednesday, December 31st at a time to be announced.
Finally, The Nittany Valley Running Club’s race calendar is always chock full of local racing opportunities.
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