Nine CRRs conquer Top of Delaware


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photo of Steve TagueTop of Delaware Triathlon logoAfter several years effectively out of competition due to medical issues (including one serious bike accident), CRR Steve Tague is unequivocally back! Yesterday, he led the way for the other eight Creek Road Runners at the Top of Delaware Sprint Triathlon, placing 14th overall out of 271 finishers. He won the men’s 55-59 age group in 1:04:54, placing 17th in the quarter-mile swim, 12th in the 11.4-mile bike (averaging just over 20 mph on the hilly course!), and 32nd in the 2.6-mile run at the Newark Reservoir and Mayor Redd Park trails, which includes a final 30-yard incline straight up the side of the reservoir hill (that’s serious theater).

CRR Rich Braun was the second of the fold to finish, placing 63rd overall in 1:15:41 on the basis of a strong bike leg (17th).

Three other Creek Road Runners took age-group awards on the day—CRR Dan Simmons, coming off an injury to win the 65-69s in 1:16:12, placing 65th; CRR Theresa Kauffman, who took second among the 50-54s in 1:19:46, placing 90th; and CRR Sue Barton, who took second in the 55-59s, rounding out the top 100 finishers in 1:20:38.

Other Creek Road Runners who finished were CRR Ryan German (1:21:38), CRR Jen Pyle (1:25:12), CRR Mary Braun (1:31:58), and CRR Bruce Hubbard (1:39:00), who deserves a big shout out for being the only one of the nine to have indicated “Creek Road Runners” as his registered team. Take a hint, everyone.

Five CRRs up for the challenge

photo of CRR Ice Bucket ChallengeOn Friday, CRR Steve Goodwin put out a call for a few Creek Road Runners to participate with him in the Ice Bucket Challenge, an individual charity event to support ALS research that has become viral. Each person challenges another person to do the same and/or donate to ALS.

Four others—CRR Becky George, CRR Anja Leefeldt, CRR Mark Deshon, and CRR George Hadjipanayis—answered the call and took the challenge with him on Friday, August 15, at Carpenter Sports Building after a nice run of somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5 miles, which included the Pomeroy and Hall Trails. See video on Facebook.

This was done in memory of CRR Scott Mackler, who died of ALS. See post. Don’t feel like dumping ice water on your head but want to help those who are struggling with this disease? See info about ALS Philadelphia Chapter Scott Mackler Assistive Technology.


Support the Brewer Huhn family this Thursday


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photo of Julie BrewerATTN: 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.

Sign up now to be part of Leon’s Team. View/download the Leon’s Team flyer.

More end-of-spring kudos


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Here’s more non-running-related good news about Creek Road Runners at the University of Delaware.

shayPhysics 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.

photo of Paul PuseckerCRR 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.

photo of Christine CucciarreAssistant 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!

Rose, Kukich, Taggart still gettin’ it done


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photo of Bill RoseCRR 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.

photo of Diane KukichNot to be outdone, CRR Diane Kukich won her age group (60-69) as well, in 24:37.

taggartAgeless 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.


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