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.

Coughenour places well in 10K

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photo of Jay CoughenourCRR Jay Coughenour placed 3rd among the 45-49 men in the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K. The race on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia is a big area race and draws competitive runners from near and far. Coughenour finished 21st overall out of 1,120 runners in a blazing fast 36:29. Not only is that less than six minutes per mile, but his time age grades at an 83.5, well into what is considered “national class.”

Well done!

Rock & Roll fantasy

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The Newark Morning Rotary Rock & Roll 5K was a fantasy of sorts—a unique opportunity to run on the cushy, well-manicured grass of the Newark Country Club’s golf course on Saturday. It was a no-frills event but a fun time, nevertheless, with the popular local band Club Phred playing before, during, and after the race. A few Creek Road Runners excelled.

photo of Bill Rosephoto of Becky GeorgeTaking age-group firsts were CRR Bill Rose and CRR Becky George, who each won the 50-59s. Rose must have really enjoyed the surface, as evidenced by his 19:15 time (fourth place overall). George’s time was 25:27.

CRR Bob Taggart (60+) and CRR Mary Braun (50-59) took age-group seconds, Taggart coming in with a 26:09 and Braun not too far behind in 26:36.

An honorable mention of sorts goes to husband and wife CRR Dave Schultz (23:06) and CRR Christine Schultz (24:58), who each placed third in the 40-49 age group. It was a true family affair for the Schultzes, with daughter Lawson taking second and son Ben taking third among the 13-and-unders.

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