Centred Outdoors Hikes the Mountain

As part of the 2017 Centred Outdoors program, groups were given guided hikes to the Mike Lynch Overlook on Sunday, August 3 and Wednesday August 6, 2017. Escorted by Mt. Nittany Conservancy members, 115 hikers learned about the mountain as they climbed to the recently improved Mike Lynch Overlook. The weather both days was fantastic.

Thanks to everyone that came out for event!

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Centred Outdoors was made possible by funding from the 2016 Centre Inspires grant which was awarded to ClearWater Conservancy by the Centre Foundation.

Learn More:
https://www.centredoutdoors.org/
http://www.clearwaterconservancy.org/
http://www.centre-foundation.org/

 

Participating Hotels

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Mt. Nittany Marathon Special!!
PER NIGHT Rates for Friday, September 4th – Monday, September 7th, 2015

PARTICIPATING HOTELS
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The Atherton Hotel
124 S. Atherton St., State College, PA 16801; (814)231-2100
$109 + Tax and Parking
www.athertonhotel.net

Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites
115 Premiere Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 234-8393
$85.00  + Tax
www.nittanyhotel.com

Comfort Suites
132 Village Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 235-1900
$79.00  + Tax  Promo Code: Mount Nittany Marathon
www.comfortsuites.com/hotel/pa276

Country Inn & Suites
1357 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801; (814) 234-6000
$79.00  + Tax  Promo Code: Mount Nittany Marathon
www.countryinns.com/statecollegepa

Courtyard by Marriott
1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-1881
$129.00  + Tax
www.marriott.com/scecy

Days Inn – Penn State
240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-8454
$104.00  + Tax
www.lioncountrylodging.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites
2215 North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-3871
$119.00  + Tax  Promo Code MNMG
www.mariott.com/hotels/travel/sceco

Hampton Inn & Suites
1955 Waddle Road, State College, PA 16801; (814) 231-1899
$109.00  + Tax  Promo Code MNM
www.photowebusa.com/hampton/statecollege

Hilton Garden Inn
1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801; (814) 272-1221
$89.00  + Tax  Promo Code NSR
www.statecollege.hgi.com

Ramada Conference & Golf Hotel
1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-3001
$65.00 + Tax  Promo Code Mt Nittany Marathon or group code (MNIT)
www.ramadasc.com

Residence Inn by Marriott
1555 University Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 235-6960
$139.00 + Tax
www.residenceinnstatecollege.com

Sleep Inn
111 Village Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 235-1020
$69.00 + Tax  Promo Code: Mount Nittany Marathon
www.sleepinn.com/hotel/pa421

Super 8
1663 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 237-8005
$85.00 + Tax
www.lioncountrylodging.com/super8

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16801; (814) 863-5050
$94.00 + Tax  Code: PROMO
www.pennstatehotels.com

Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
One Country Club Lane, State College, PA 16801; (814)234-8000
$99 + Tax Code: NITTANY
www.toftrees.com

All rooms are subject to availability and applicable taxes will be applied. Pricing is PER NIGHT. 

With Special Thanks to the
Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Marathon Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 3nd Mt. Nittany Marathon on September 6, 2015.  Happy, smiling faces along the race route are the best motivation for our runners.  We need 200 volunteers to successfully manage the race — if you can help, or know someone who can, please volunteer

For a complete list of all our volunteer needs, click to open our Volunteer Packet.

NOTE as of 8/20/15: All Water Stations and Pre-and Post-Race Help Opportunities are filled.  We NEED  course marshals and bicyclists!  See below for the Course Marshal spots still available.  Maps are in the Volunteer Packet linked above.  Thank you!

Decide which opportunity best suits you and email me your name and preferred location and we’ll get you set up!

Thank you for volunteering and supporting the Mount Nittany Conservancy! 

John Hook
President, Mount Nittany Conservancy
John@MtNittany.org

CM# COURSE MARSHALS MIN. # OF VOLUNTEERS TIME PERIOD REQUIRED
23 Rock Hill Rd  & Linden Hall Rd 1 7:30 – 10:00 AM
30 Brandywine & Scenery Dr 1 8:00 – 10:30 AM
31 Scenery Drive & Windmere Dr 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
32 Windmere Dr & Windmere Dr 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
33 Windmere Dr & Rolling Ridge Drive 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
34 Rolling Ridge Dr & S. Atherton 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
36 S. Atherton & Branch Rd 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
63 Bike Path at end of Hillcrest Ave. 1 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
64 Bike Path at end of W. Park Ave 1 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Mt. Nittany 5K

THANK YOU FOR RUNNING!
RACE RESULTS ARE HERE.

NEW FOR 2015 — The Mt. Nittany 5K!  Want to support the Mount Nittany Conservancy but running a Marathon is a bit much?  Run the 5K!   The 5K course starts and finishes at the same place as the marathon and the last mile of the 5K is the same course as the marathoners — all the excitement but only 12% of the distance!  When you’re done you can hang out and cheer on the marathoners.

Start & Finish: Medlar Field Baseball Stadium on the Penn State University main campus (near Beaver Stadium) — State College, PA.  Google map HERE.  The Stadium is a beautiful new facility with plenty of restrooms and a covered concourse in case of inclement weather.  Post-race food and refreshments will be available here.

Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015

Start Time: 9:00 AM

Course Map: Click HERE to link to the MapMyRun map.    

Entry Fee: $20.00 (Note: T-shirts not guaranteed after 8/20/15)

REGISTRATION:
Online registration is now closed.  Day of race registration (no t-shirt) available on Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM at Medlar Field.

5K Entry Fee Includes:

  • Commemorative T-Shirt (T-Shirts not guaranteed for registrations after August 20th)
  • On-Course Refreshments (Water and “ade” drink)
  • Post-Race Food and Refreshments
  • Souvenir ChampionChip timing chip and Racing Bib

Eligibility: Open to all ages.

Packet Pick-Up Location & Times:

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015: 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center, 800 Park Ave., State College, PA 16803 (corner of Park Ave. & Porter Road – enter parking lot from Porter Road)
  • Sunday, September 6, 2015: Race site (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park) starting at 5:30 AM.

Race Day Parking: There is plenty of free parking in paved lots around Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field, all within a hundred yards of the Start/Finish line.

Cancellation PolicyRegistration fees for the 2015 Mt. Nittany 5K are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Safety Reminder: For the safety of yourself and the other participants, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from starting the course. Headphones are HIGHLY discouraged due to traffic patterns throughout the course that require complete attention to ensure your safety.

Bib Numbers: Each runner will be issued a bib number at Packet Pick-Up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib number during the race. The bib identifies you as a runner to volunteers, law enforcement, and safety officials.

Timing & Results: The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a timed event. The disposable ChampionChips timing system will be used with both a start and finish sensor to provide an accurate result for every participant and to eliminate a need to rush the start. A link to results will be posted on this page following the conclusion of the race.

Weather: The race will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled. The determination will be made by the Marathon organizers. Runner and Volunteer safety will not be compromised.

Awards: Top 3 Overall Male and Female winners will receive certificates.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or QUESTIONS: Contact John Hook, President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy at John@MtNittany.org.

3rd Annual Mt. Nittany Marathon – September 6, 2015

3rd Marathon is in the Books!
Race Results HERE! 

NOTE: Due to a number of circumstances there will not be a 2016 Mt. Nittany Marathon. 

The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a scenic 26.2 mile certified course (a “Boston Qualifier”) winding around the area of its namesake – Mt. Nittany. Utilizing local bike paths and roadways, the marathon is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend when historical temperatures range from a low of 50 degrees to a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit.  Start time is 7:00 AM.  Read comments from runners of the Inaugural Marathon HERE.

marathon1Start & Finish: Medlar Field Baseball Stadium on the Penn State University main campus (across Porter Road from Beaver Stadium) — State College, PA.  Google map HERE.  The Stadium is a beautiful  facility with plenty of restrooms and a covered concourse in case of inclement weather.  There are lots of seats with a great view of Mt. Nittany for those waiting for runners to finish.  Post-race food and refreshments will be available here.

Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015

Start Time: 7:00 AM     Course timing stops at 1:00 PM.

Course Map: The course is a challenging certified course (USATF Certification Code: PA14045WB).  Click HERE for a complete map with turn-by-turn directions.  For an elevation profile of the course, click HERE to access a map on MapMyRun.com.  If you would like to read the Race Director’s thoughts on the course, click HERE.  As it is a certified course, this race is a “Boston Qualifier.” We report all results to the Boston Athletic Association after the race.    

Entry Fee:  The marathon has concluded — thank you!

Registration is closed.
Thank You for your interest.  

Hotels: Need a place to stay?  Many local hotels are offering SPECIAL RATES for Marathon weekend.  Click HERE to be directed to the list.

Pasta Meal before the race! — Saturday, September 5, 2015 in downtown State College!  Registered Marathon Runners receive a coupon for a FREE pasta meal consisting of a pasta dish, bread and a non-alcoholic beverage (or a $7.50 credit towards a higher-priced meal) at a participating restaurant. The list of participating restaurants is available HERE.

Marathon Entry Fee Includes:

  • Long-Sleeve Synthetic Shirt
  • Pasta meal the day before the race
  • Finisher Medal
  • On-Course Refreshments (Water and “ade” drink; Gels at selected Stations)
  • Post-Race Food and Refreshments
  • Souvenir ChampionChip timing chip and Racing Bib

New for 2015 – 5K Option at 9:00 AM!  Click HERE to go to the Mt. Nittany 5K page.

Eligibility: To compete in the Mt. Nittany Marathon you must be at least 18 years of age.

Pacing Requirements: All athletes entering the Marathon must maintain a 14-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race and finish within 6 (six) hours. Anyone not able to maintain a 14-minute per mile pace may continue the course, but be there is no guarantee of aid station, course marshal or police officer availability. Click HERE for a chart of the mile and water station splits necessary to maintain this pace.

Packet Pick-Up Location & Times:

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015: 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center, 800 Park Ave., State College, PA 16803 (corner of Park Ave. & Porter Road – enter parking lot from Porter Road)
  • Sunday, September 6, 2015: Race site (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park) starting at 5:30 AM.

Race Day Parking: There is plenty of free parking in paved lots around Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field, all within a hundred yards of the Start/Finish line.

Cancellation PolicyRegistration fees for the 2015 Mt. Nittany Marathon are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Safety Reminder: For the safety of yourself and the other participants, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from starting the course. Headphones are HIGHLY discouraged due to traffic patterns throughout the course that require complete attention to ensure your safety.

Bib Numbers: Each runner will be issued a bib number at Packet Pick-Up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib number during the race. The bib identifies you as a runner to volunteers, law enforcement, and safety officials.

Timing & Results: The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a timed event. The disposable ChampionChips timing system will be used with both a start and finish sensor to provide an accurate result for every participant and to eliminate a need to rush the start. A link to results will be posted on this page following the conclusion of the race.

Weather: The race will be held rain or shine. However, if there is lightning in the area the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled. The determination will be made by the Marathon organizers. Runner and Volunteer safety will not be compromised.

Awards: Top 3 Overall Male and Female winners will receive awards at a presentation at approximately 11:00 AM inside Medlar Field.

Previous Results: 20142013

VOLUNTEERS!!   We need YOU!!  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!   Water Stations, Course Marshalls, Bicyclists, Loaders — we have an opportunity to fit you.  Volunteer for the marathon, help preserve Mt. Nittany, AND get a FREE T-shirt!  Download a packet with all the volunteer opportunities HERE or visit the Volunteer webpage HERE .  Email John Hook at John@MtNittany.org and we’ll get you signed up!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or QUESTIONS: Contact John Hook, President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy at John@MtNittany.org.

Marathon too short for you?  Try the Tussey Mountainback 50-mile ultramarathon on October 25, 2015. 
Just want a Half-marathon? Try the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon on December 6, 2015.

Participating Restaurants for the Pasta Dinner

Tarragon
125 South Atherton Street, State College, PA  16801
814-231-2100     www.athertonhotel.net

Chumley’s Pub
108 West College Avenue, State College, PA  16801
814-238-2446     www.hotelstatecollege.com

Zeno’s Pub
100 West College Avenue, State College, PA  16801
814-237-2857     www.zenospub.com

Allen Street Grill
100 West College Avenue, State College, PA  16801
814-231-4745     www.allenstreetgrill.com

The Corner Room Restaurant
100 West College Avenue, State College, PA  16801
814-237-3051     cornerroom.com

Bill Pickles Taproom
106 South Allen Street, State College, PA  16801
814-272-1172     www.hotelstatecollege.com/pickles/

Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering
1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
814-237-4422     www.harrisonsmenu.com

Rotelli
250 East Calder Way, State College, PA  16801
814-238-8463     www.rotellistatecollege.com

P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill
1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA  16801
814-235-3009     www.pjharrigans.com

The Tavern Restaurant
220 East College Avenue, State College, PA  16801
814-238-6116     www.thetavern.com

Home D Pizzeria/Robin Hood Brewing Company
1820 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
814-237-7777     www.homedpizzeria.com

Noodles & Company
244 West College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
814-235-0703     www.noodles.com

With Generous Support From:

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www.visitpennstate.org

Ben Novak Receives ‘Friend of the Mountain’ Award at Mount Nittany Night

Ben Novak, founder and first president of the Mount Nittany Conservancy, was recognized with the “Friend of the Mountain” Award at Mount Nittany Night on April 4, 2014 by MNC board member Jeff Dietrich. Tom Shakely filmed Dietrich’s remarks (available here) and the full text of his remarks appears below.

Jeff Dietrich, MNC board member:

No one can properly recall the long tale of Mount Nittany without uttering the name of Ben Novak. Ben has lived the Penn State experience to the fullest. He was student body president, assistant dean of students, president of the Lion’s Paw Alumni Association, and a University trustee. But perhaps the most significant and lasting Happy Valley legacy of this U.S. Army Bronze Star recipient is his love and tireless dedication to Mount Nittany’s beauty, and for telling her story.

During the 1980s, when the moment of opportunity came to purchase hundreds of acres of the Mountain’s most visible land, Ben was equipped with both a vision and the passion that led to the formation of the Mount Nittany Conservancy, and the nearly miraculous feat in the early 1980s of raising about $120,000 in little more than a year. Indeed, it was thanks to Ben’s critical negotiations with landowner and previous “Friend of the Mountain” recipient Wilhelm Koggelman, that the Mount Nittany Conservancy and its supporters were able to seize that moment. As Ben tells the story, since the Mount Nittany Conservancy was still just a dream during the negotiations, the deal was done on a handshake between Ben and Willy. During the adventure, Ben played a central role not only in organizing and directing the group’s fundraising efforts, but also appealing personally to the State College community and wider Penn State alumni groups. Having himself been enchanted by the inherent “magic of the Mountain,” Ben recognized that the path of necessity ending in donor’s pocketbooks, led through the heart and imagination. He made time to speak directly to every school classroom, civic organization, campus group, and alumni function to share the legend of the Mountain and Princess Nittany for the Mountain that bears her name.

Ben had to be a bit of a rebel to do this. As he has said, and I quote, “I started this when nobody believed we could raise the money. I went against the leadership of my organization in Lion’s Paw, the University administration, and many people in the town who thought it was a fool’s errand. I was banking completely on the emotional attachment of alumni, students, and townspeople to preserve the sacred of the Mountain in its natural state. I bet everything on that, and it came through.”

Ben continues to tell the story of the Mountain today, and so we are very pleased this evening to honor Ben Novak, who so richly deserved to be called “Friend of the Mountain.”

2nd Annual Mt. Nittany Marathon — Labor Day Weekend 2014

2014 Results are posted online HERE.
Or copy and paste the following into your browser:

http://nvrun.com/index.php/racing/results/1522-2nd-annual-mount-nittany-marathon

Link to runner photos taken at mile 16.5:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127435115@N08/sets/72157646667264670/

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  THE THIRD ANNUAL MT. NITTANY MARATHON IS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 AT 7:00 AM!!   
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON FOR “THE TOUGHEST LITTLE MARATHON IN THE EAST!’

The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a scenic 26.2 mile certified course winding around the area of its namesake – Mt. Nittany. Utilizing local bike paths and roadways, the marathon is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend when historical temperatures range from a low of 50 degrees to a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit.  Start time is 7:00 AM.  Registration includes a Pasta Dinner in downtown State College the day before the race. Read comments from runners of the Inaugural Marathon HERE.


marathon1Start & Finish:
 Medlar Field Baseball Stadium on the Penn State University main campus (near Beaver Stadium) — State College, PA.  Google map HERE.  The Stadium is a beautiful new facility with plenty of restrooms and a covered concourse in case of inclement weather.  There are lots of seats with a great view of Mt. Nittany for those waiting for runners to finish.  Pre and Post-race refreshments will be available here.

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014

Start Time: 7:00 AM     Course timing stops at 1:00 PM.

Course Map: Click MtNittanyMarathonCourse for a complete map with turn-by-turn directions.
Based on projected registration dates the Mt. Nittany Marathon will be a last-chance qualifier for the 2015 Boston Marathon (USATF Certification Code: PA14045WB.  Certified course map available here: http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=PA14045WB).  For an elevation profile of the course, click HERE to access a map on MapMyRun.com.

Entry Fee: $75.00 until August 17, 2014.

Registration: Closed.

Hotels: Need a place to stay?  Click HERE for a list of local hotels that are offering SPECIAL RATES for Marathon weekend!

Pasta Meal before the race! — Saturday, August 30, 2014 in downtown State College!  Registered Marathon Runners receive a coupon for a FREE pasta meal consisting of a pasta dish, bread and a non-alcoholic beverage (or a $7.50 credit towards a higher-priced meal) at a participating restaurant.  Click HERE for the complete list of participating restaurants!

VOLUNTEERS!!   We need YOU!!  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!   Volunteer for the marathon, help preserve Mt. Nittany, AND get a FREE T-shirt!  Click HERE for the chart of all our Volunteer needs. Or email John Hook at John@MtNittany.org and we’ll get you signed up!

Marathon Entry Fees Include:

  • Long-Sleeve Synthetic Shirt
  • Pasta meal the day before the race
  • Finisher Medal
  • On-Course Refreshments (Water and “ade” drink; Gels at selected Stations)
  • Post-Race Food and Refreshments
  • Disposable ChampionChips with bib identifiers

Eligibility: To compete in the Mt. Nittany Marathon you must be at least 18 years of age.

Pacing Requirements: All athletes entering the Marathon must maintain a 14-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race and finish within 6 (six) hours. Anyone not able to maintain a 14-minute per mile pace may continue the course, but be there is no guarantee of aid station, course marshal or police officer availability. Click HERE for a chart of the mile and water station splits necessary to maintain this pace.

Packet Pick-Up Location & Times:

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014: 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center, 800 Park Ave., State College, PA 16803 (corner of Park Ave. & Porter Road – enter parking lot from Porter Road)
  • Sunday, August 31, 2013: Race site (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park) starting at 5:30 AM.

Race Day Parking: There is plenty of free parking in paved lots around Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field, all within a hundred yards of the Start/Finish line.

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees for the 2014 Mt. Nittany Marathon are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Safety Reminder: For the safety of yourself and the other participants, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish. Headphones are discouraged due to traffic patterns throughout the course that require complete attention to ensure your safety.

Bib Numbers: Each runner will be issued a bib number at Packet Pick-Up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib number during the race. The bib identifies you as a runner to both the volunteers and law enforcement and safety officials.

Timing & Results: The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a timed event. The disposable ChampionChips timing system will be used with both a start and finish sensor to provide an accurate result for every participant and to eliminate a need to rush the start. A link to results will be posted on this page following the conclusion of the race.

Weather: The race will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled. The determination will be made by the Marathon organizers. Runner and Volunteer safety will not be compromised.

Awards: Top 3 Overall Male and Female winners will receive awards at a presentation at the conclusion of the race on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Please note overall awards are based on Gun Time.

Age Group Award certificates will be distributed by mail after the event. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.) Age Group and any additional awards will be based on Net Time. A runner will not receive two awards for the same race result.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or QUESTIONS: Contact John Hook, President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy at John@MtNittany.org.

HISTORY OF THE MARATHON: Click HERE for info on the 2013 Inaugural Mt. Nittany Marathon.