Old men win at Turkey Trot


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Leave it to the older guys to take home the accolades in this, the longest-running 10K/5K event in Delaware—Newark’s Annual Turkey Trot. Four Creek Road Runners took home hardware on the day.

photo of Doug RepettiCRR Doug Repetti ran both the 10K and the 5K, winning the 60-64 division of the 10K in 47:33 and taking an age-group second in the 5K in 23:44—a very impressive endurance showing. Repetti placed 40th overall out of 247 finishers in the 10K.

photo of Mark DeshonIn the 5K, CRR Mark Deshon posted the fastest time of the day among the Creek Road Runners while winning the 55-59 age group in 20:50. This was a strong time for Deshon, who weathered having a shoelace come untied at the mile-and-a-half point and being dusted in the final straightaway by age-group compatriot Epi Camacho. (Deshon later found out that Camacho had won their age group in the 10K in a blazing 41:20 and was running the 5K as a cool down, more or less.) Deshon placed 16th overall out of 529 finishers.

ridgeThe most senior of the CRR senior citizen age-group winners on the day was CRR Doug Ridge, who posted a respectable 24:31 among the 70-and-overs in the 5K, despite coming off a stomach flu and wrestling chronic hamstring soreness. Not bad at all for an old man.

Rounding out the honorees is the irrepressible CRR Bruce Hubbard, who took second among the 65-69 men in the 10K, finishing in 1:01:11.

Three win at Waffle Cone 10


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photo of Bill Rosephoto of Doug RepettiA triple scoop, please, for the Creek Road Runners. The Caffé Gelato Waffle Cone Ten Miler, which features pretty much the entire length of Creek Road and some of its off-shoot trails (well into Pennsylvania and back), featured three age-group winners on Sunday, as well as a couple notable performances.

parsonscCRR Bill Rose came in 16th overall out of 269 participants in winning the 55-59 age group in a fast 1:08:20. CRR Doug Repetti sneaked in just under the 80-minute mark to win the 60-64s in 1:19:51. On the female side, CRR Christina Parsons took first in the 50-54 age group in a very respectable 1:22:13.

Race host and Caffé Gelato owner CRR Ryan German had a busy morning, placing fourth in his age group (35-39) and 22nd overall with a 1:11:22 effort, finishing second among the Creek Road Runners. Then he helped serve the post-race brunch! CRR David Coker, the third CRR to finish, ran an impressively steady race, placing 35th overall and a solid fourth in the 45-49s in 1:14:48.

Congratulations to all Creek Road Runners who finished, especially with the difficult uphill climb at the end.

Fall races to note


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macklerSunday, Oct. 18 – Scott Mackler Memorial 5K
This is the 16th annual Scott Mackler 5K, named for CRR Scott Mackler, who fought a valiant fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) but succumbed to the disease a couple years ago. This is the toughest road 5K in Delaware, but there’s a great post-race buffet. Start time for this race is 12:30 p.m. Starts and finishes at Temple Beth El on Possum Park Road in Newark.
Register now.

Caffé Gelato waffle cone logoSunday, Oct. 25 – Caffé Gelato Ten Miler
Another unique race, this ten miler is an out-and-back course along Creek Road, sponsored by Caffé Gelato, owned by CRR Ryan German. Race begins at 9 a.m. and includes post-race food. Preregistration cost is $35. Race-day cost is $45.
Register now.

Rock and Roll 5K logoSaturday, Nov. 7 – Rock & Roll 5K
This is a unique opportunity to run a 5K on the beautiful Newark Country Club golf course and includes a live classic rock band. This race is sponsored by the Newark Morning Rotary Club, presented by Bassett, Dawson & Foy, and starts at 4:00 p.m.
Register now.

Turkey Trot logoSaturday, Nov. 21 – 42nd Annual Turkey Trot 10K/5K
A local favorite, this event is the second oldest road racing event in Delaware and begins at Handloff Park on Barksdale Road in Newark. 10K begins at 9:00 a.m.; 5K begins at 10:15 a.m.
More info/registration

XC iconSaturday, Nov. 28 – Delaware Open XC Championships
Cross-country enthusiasts need to run this race at least once. It is one of the more difficult 5Ks you’ll ever do but well worth the effort. These events are held at Brandywine Creek State Park north of Wilmington.
More info/registration

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.

See full story.

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.


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