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Doug Schunk

Doug Schunk is an avid runner and a chemistry teacher at State College Area High School. His running column will appear monthly.

Articles by Doug Schunk

The Runaround: Local Races Heating Up in May
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The Runaround: Local Races Heating Up in May
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
This will be a short one this month. Between school, training and running a marathon, and helping a father who is struggling with Parkinson's disease, there just hasn't been enough hours in the day. Here are the upcoming races coming up this month as the weather becomes more conducive to running. [Read More]
Local Athletes Finish Boston Marathon Local Athletes Finish Boston Marathon
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
After a morning monsoon passed, the sky cleared as athletes began the 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston during Monday’s 123rd Boston Marathon. In spite of the warm temperatures and humidity, athletes from Centre County were able to finish in some pretty remarkable times. [Read More]
The Runaround: Why Does the Boston Marathon Matter So Much? The Runaround: Why Does the Boston Marathon Matter So Much?
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
When you hear the word marathon, what race comes to mind? For most people, THE marathon is the Boston Marathon. But why do so many athletes have the Boston Marathon as one of their bucket list running goals? Doug Schunk takes a look and previews upcoming local races. [Read More]
The Runaround: Running for Others
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The Runaround: Running for Others
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
Everyone has their own reason for running and being active. In Centre County, there are about 30 runners who run to help others. They are a group of runners known as Marathoners for Medicine. They run to raise money for Centre Volunteers in Medicine. [Read More]
The Runaround: Let's Talk About Running
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The Runaround: Let's Talk About Running
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
So what’s a runaholic to do when there’s no one around to talk to about running. We listen to podcasts about running. It turns out runners are some pretty remarkable people. We all have a story that is unique to each of us. I’ve stumbled upon a few running related podcasts that I thought my fe [Read More]
The Runaround: Happy New Year! Now What?
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The Runaround: Happy New Year! Now What?
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
Happy 2019! If you made any New Year’s resolutions, hopefully you haven’t broken them by the time you’ve read this column. If you did, no worries, tomorrow is another day. [Read More]
The Nittany Valley Half-Marathon: It’s Not 'Just a Half'
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The Nittany Valley Half-Marathon: It’s Not 'Just a Half'
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
Running any race is something to be proud of. Whether it’s 1 mile or 50, running a race is something which shouldn’t be taken lightly. But when I have friends tell me that they ran a half-marathon, they always add, “it was just a half-marathon.” “Just” a half-marathon? “Just” 13.1 mi [Read More]
The Runaround: What It’s Like to Run 50 Miles
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The Runaround: What It’s Like to Run 50 Miles
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
On Oct. 7, I ran the Tussey Mountainback Ultramarathon. Yes, all 50 miles. By myself. No, I’m not sure what I was thinking. Actually I do know what I was thinking: put out a goal for the year and see if you can achieve it. [Read More]
The Runaround: Would You, Could You, Run in the Dark?
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The Runaround: Would You, Could You, Run in the Dark?
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
If you would have told me eight years ago that I would want to wake up before I needed to just to workout, I would have laughed hysterically at you on my way to a box of donuts. Now, there are many reasons why I prefer to run in the morning. [Read More]
The Runaround: Experiences from Hood to Coast
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The Runaround: Experiences from Hood to Coast
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Doug Schunk
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of being a part of the Hyland’s Hood to Coast relay team. Hood to Coast is considered to be the original relay race. Started in 1982, it is a 199-mile race in Oregon that starts at the base of Mount Hood and finishes at the beach in Seaside. Before my mother calls [Read More]
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