ATTN: Creek Road Runners who are looking for an easy mid-week 5K, please consider the B+ 5K Fighting Childhood Cancer at Salesianum School in Wilmington this Thursday, June 19th. On behalf of her son, Leon Huhn, who is battling cancer, CRR Julie Brewer has started a team that anyone is welcome to join. It’s a very festive event, lots of cheering for the walkers and cancer survivors. If you can’t run it, you still have the chance to support Julie’s family.
Here’s more non-running-related good news about Creek Road Runners at the University of Delaware.
Physics and Astronomy professor and CRR Mike Shay and another faculty member have been awarded a $1.2 million grant from NASA for studying energy transport from the sun. Shine on, Mike! See story.
CRR Paul Pusecker, senior business officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, has been presented the University’s John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service Award. Well done, Paul! See story.
Assistant professor of English and CRR Christine Cucciarre was presented the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Cucciarre’s classroom teaching consistently receives the highest ratings from student evaluations. Awesome, Christine!
CRR Bill Rose hasn’t lost a step in several years now, as is evident with his age group (50-59) win at the Blue Hen 5K on Sunday. Rose turned in a very fast 19:30 to come in 8th overall out of 266 in an unusually fast field. This was eight seconds better than his time last year on the same course.
Not to be outdone, CRR Diane Kukich won her age group (60-69) as well, in 24:37.
Ageless wonder CRR Bob Taggart may have lost a few steps, but he can still get it done too. Taggart won the 70-79 age group in 25:20.
Each of them has won their age group in this race before, so this was not a big surprise. Congratulations for consistency, you three.
If you think the 4-person relay at the Delaware Marathon Running Festival was long, tough, and crowded, take a look at another kind of racing a Creek Road Runner is doing in Switzerland (also see the recent exploits of CRR Paul Amer).
CRR Martin Wolfer, a native of the Zürich area, has been running in what we would consider an ultra-distance relay for more than three decades. He explains, “[This] relay was invented in 1973 and was inspired by a Swedish relay race. It’s organized by the sport club of the two Zürich Universities—ETH Zürich and University of Zürich. It consists of 14 legs, with distances between 4 [2.5 mi.] and 14 km [8.7 mi.]. The overall distance is about 116 km [72 mi.], and the winning time is just under seven hours.”
The race is held around Zürich, mostly on the hilly parts along the Lake of Zürich. All relay transition areas are easily reachable by public transport, so no one needs a car. “This is a necessity,” Wolfer says, “because this year about 900 teams took part and the roads couldn’t take the traffic.” Participants are mainly students or alumni of either of the two universities.
Wolfer adds, “Of course there is a big party after the race. If the University of Delaware intends to participate next year, I certainly could help.”
This was Wolfer’s 32nd time running in this relay. He finished 6th fastest in his division, and his team came in 17th overall.
Wolfer trained on Creek Road back in the late 1980s while a post-doc in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. A superior competitor, by the time he had returned to Switzerland, Wolfer held the Delaware resident age-group (25-29) records in both the 5k and the marathon! Those records have since been broken, though they held up for 20 and 16 years, respectively. In 1988 he helped the Creek Road Runners team comprising seven University of Delaware runners place second overall in the silver anniversary edition of the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon.
Soon, nothing should be standing in the way of training time for three Creek Road Runners. The University of Delaware Board of Trustees approved the promotions of CRR Bill Farquhar (kinesiology and applied physiology), CRR Mike Shay (physics and astronomy) and CRR Steve Tague (theatre) to full professor beginning in September. They all have tenure on Creek Road.
Creek Road Runners join in congratulating them on this career achievement.