Kukich takes age-group 9th in nationals, Ridge places 7th at age 70

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photo of Diane Kukich courtesy of Doug Baker

CRR Diane Kukich at XC Club Nationals

Though she’s not a runner who takes well to cross country, CRR Diane Kukich is one who typically takes on a challenge, particularly if she sees in it a unique opportunity. Such was the case as she, CRR Keith CrispinCRR Theresa Cannon, and CRR Doug Ridge competed in the USATF 2014 XC Club Nationals at Lehigh University on Saturday. So close to home that Kukich just had to do it.

Kukich finished an impressive 9th in her age group (60-64) with a 29:16 over the women’s 6,000m course. Cannon just broke the 30-minute barrier, finishing in 29:59, placing 48th among the 50-54s.

Crispin covered the men’s 10K course in a very respectable 39:46. Not bad for a 47-year-old.

ridgeA rather new septuagenarian, Ridge finished 7th among his 70-and-over peers in 52:54. Here’s how Ridge described the experience:

“XC & track may be the only sports where Olympians and 70-year-old amateurs compete in the same event. It is exciting just to be part of it. I enjoyed meeting my teammates and sensing the excitement of the field of runners from so many clubs and so many places. I hadn’t run in spikes in 50 years—since I was on Harvard’s freshman cross-country team. I have seldom run competitively on a course with such a history. It is a great memory to have.”

Each ran for the Pike Creek Valley Running Club.

Latest results: Philly Half and Reindeer

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At two recent races, one regional and one local, Creek Road Runners shone nearly as bright as the dimming late-autumn sun.

photo of Jay CoughenourCRR Jay Coughenour ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon in a splendid time of 1:18:53. His chip time of 1:18:34 put him just a fraction of a second under a six-minute-per-mile pace for the 13.1-mile distance. Coughenour was the second finisher in the 45-49 age group and placed 85th the among men and 91st overall. Excellent at age 49!

photo of Keith CrispinIn the Reindeeer Run & Romp 5K, held here in Newark on Friday night, CRR Keith Crispin placed 10th overall out of 406 finishers, winning the 45-49 age group in 18:52. CRR Dan Simmons, just coming off an injury, won the 65-69 age group in 23:53, and CRR Diane Kukich won her age group (60-64) in 24:11. Other age-group awardees included CRR Bill Rose, who took second place among the 55-59s in a very respectable 19:58, and CRR Sue Barton, who placed third among the 55-59s in 28:06.

In non-running-related news, rumor has it that CRR Charlie Riordan lit up the court at The Bob recently with a halftime free-throw-shooting exhibition. Now we know where he’s been training. We know “Charlie Runs on Dunkin’”; the question is Can he dunk on Dunkin’?

CEO quoted in concussion summit article

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photo of Matt RobinsonCRR Matt Robinson, self-appointed CEO of the Creek Road Runners was quoted in a University of Delaware article about the state’s Second Youth Concussion Summit. On Nov. 20, close to 50 representatives from the state’s medical community, advocacy groups, the Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association, school nurses, state politicians, and educators convened at the University of Delaware to discuss the issue. Robinson said, “While it appears protocols are in place at the higher levels of sport participation in the state, there is still a need to promote best practices in the youth sport environment. I hope today’s program is a first step in ensuring that all athletes at every level will be impacted by the best practices being implemented.” CRR Diane Kukich wrote the story. Read the article

Strickland conquers Big Sur

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stricklandGoing near and far to race some of the most picturesque coastline in the U.S., CRR Rachel Strickland has been on the move this fall. Having participated earlier this fall with running buddies CRR Michelle Parent and CRR Kathy Corbitt in a half-marathon on Cape Cod, Strickland went left-coast recently, finishing the Big Sur Half Marathon along California’s Monterey Bay in 2 hours and 23 minutes. This eclipsed her Cape Cod half by five minutes, with which she was very happy.

In her own words, “[I] probably could have shaved 3-4 more minutes off if I didn’t stop to take so many photos along the stunningly gorgeous course!” Hey, at least she’s taking time to smell the flowers along the way.

Popular upcoming races

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Thanksgiving and nearing the end of fall brings with it some popular area races. Here’s the breakdown.

Newark Turkey Trot 10K/5K cartoonTURKEY TROT 5K/10K – SATURDAY, NOV. 22

At Handloff Park, Barksdale Road, Newark. 9 a.m. (10K); 10:15 a.m. (5K). Entry is $20 until Nov. 19; $25 thereafter, including race day starting at 8 a.m. $25/$30 if running both distances. Amenities include long-sleeve T-shirts to first 500 entrants, refreshments, raffle. Awards to overall male and female champions and top three in 10-year age groups. Register at Register now.

PNC BANK RUN FOR MS 5K/10K – THURSDAY, NOV. 27

At PNC Bank, 222 Delaware Ave., Wilmington. 9 a.m. (10K); 10:30 a.m. (5K). Entry is $30 until Nov. 17; $35 thereafter, including race day starting at 8 a.m. $35/$40 if running both distances. Kiddie K $5 (10 a.m.). Amenities include long-sleeve T-shirts, refreshments. Awards to overall male and female champions and top three in 5-year age groups. Benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society Delaware Chapter. Register now.

DELAWARE OPEN CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – SATURDAY, NOV. 29

5K at Brandywine Creek State Park. 10 a.m. Entry is $16 by Nov. 23; $20 race day; $5 kids 12-and-under (no T-shirt). Long-sleeve T-shirts to first 300 entrants, refreshments, random prizes. Cash awards in adult divisions, non-cash awards in younger age classes. Benefits Delaware Open Cross Country Scholarship fund. Register now.

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