Goodwin receives national honor for service


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UD Health Sciences portrait photo of Steve GoodwinCRR Steve Goodwin, associate professor of behavioral health and nutrition at the University of Delaware, is a 2015 recipient of the American School Health Association’s (ASHA) Distinguished Service Award.

“I am honored to receive this award and to be recognized by my ASHA colleagues for my contributions to our professional community,” Goodwin said.

We are equally honored that Goodwin is one of Creek Road Runners’ best ambassadors.

Congratulations, Steve, on a well-deserved honor.

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Two peak at Top of Delaware


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photo of Doug Repetti finishing in the 2015 Top of Delaware Sprint TriathlonTwo Creek Road Runners—CRR Doug Repetti and CRR Mary Braun—performed well at the third annual Top of Delaware Sprint Triathlon here in Newark last weekend. Each set a new PR for this tough quarter-mile swim, 11.4-mile bike, 2.6-mile run course.

photo of Mary Braun cruising around the reservoir in the 2015 Top of Delaware Sprint TriathlonRepetti finished 56th overall out of 262 participants and won his age group (65-69) with a 1:14:06, setting a PR on this course and finishing nearly eight minutes ahead of his nearest age-group competitor. Though he came out of the water quite a bit behind relative to how he finished, Repetti was strong on the bike leg (26th), averaging nearly 19.8 mph.

Braun came in 3rd in her age group (50-54) in 1:22:08, placing 122nd overall and 25th among the women. She, too, performed very well on the bike portion (108th), averaging just over 17.1 mph. She PR’d by nearly 10 minutes on this course.

Well done, both of you.

Creek-Roadus interruptus


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downed tree from the north showing road damage

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downed tree approaching from the south

A huge tree (at least three feet in diameter) came crashing down recently in the section of Creek Road a short distance north of the auto barriers, pulling with its root structure half the side of a hill and landing across Creek Road and into White Clay Creek. So heavy was the tree that even the pavement couldn’t stop it from splitting the road surface in two (click on photos for better view).

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looking south at tree across road, 150 yards north of large downed tree

If that weren’t bad enough, at least two more trees came down in last night’s severe storm, one blocking Creek Road, about 150 yards north of the aforementioned behemoth, and a big debris field of about 10 yards in length along the unpaved portion of the Pomeroy Trail between the two bridges north of the Laird Campus spur.

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debris looking south along Pomeroy trail

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Pomeroy Trail blocked by downed tree limbs

One can avoid these by 1) taking Creek Road all the way past the S-curve, like we used to do before the Pomeroy Trail was completed, and 2) take the trail and bridge to the east side of the Creek north to avoid the other two blockages.

cautionOf course, if you just have to see the damage close up, please exercise caution.

Hike becomes impromptu reunion


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photo of Tri-State MarkerSaturday was National Trails Day and a rather special day in this area. Hikers came from three states (Md., Pa., and Del.) to officially open a new trail in nearby White Clay Creek Preserve in Pennsylvania and to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the original placement of a wooden post (at the location of the stone that is called the “Tri-State Marker”) by surveyors Mason and Dixon in 1765 at the behest of William Penn to mark the northeastern corner of Maryland and its northern and (then) eastern border with Pennsylvania.

photo of Bob Bennett, Steve Cottrell, and Mark DeshonIt also became an impromptu runners reunion for CRR Bob Bennett (left) and CRR Mark Deshon (right), who had hiked together, and old friend and racing nemesis CRR Steve Cottrell (center), whom they met at the ceremony for the Tri-State Marker.

Cottrell, who was there with his border collie, says he no longer races but does still run. He looked to be in good shape. Deshon had not seen him for nearly 25 years, and for Bennett it may have been longer.

Steve also asked if CRR Bob Taggart was still around and said, “Ask him about our trip back from [the] Boston [Marathon back in the late 80s].” Apparently it was quite an adventure, one which also included CRR Martin Wolfer.

photo of Bob Bennett at the Arc Corner MonumentOn the way back, Bennett and Deshon stopped off for a photo at the Arc Corner Monument in White Clay Creek State Park, just about a kilometer due east of the Tri-State Marker, where the westernmost point of the unique radial-line border of Delaware and Pennsylvania begins.

During the 80s, the two had spent many a run in White Clay Creek State Park dashing down the steep hill that finds this stone at its base.

All in all, it was a great day to celebrate longtime friendships.


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