CRR Dan Simmons, fresh off a recent vacation in Australia, won the 65-69 age group in the 50th running of the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon today. His 1:40:53 was a bit off his state record of 1:36:43 (set last year), but a good time nevertheless. He finished a competitive 319th out of the of 1,423 finishers. Congratulations!
A proud CRR Paul Amer is shown here with the finishers’ medal around his neck after having completed the race in just under 2 hours and 4 minutes. Upon being told that Amer didn’t quite make the goal of two hours toward which self-proclaimed Creek Road Runners CEO CRR Matt Robinson had been coaching him, Robinson promptly decided to give up coaching runners and stick to what he does best—administration and global schmoozing. Good decision, Matt.
Well done to all CRRs who braved yesterday’s half marathon.
Sue and I had an awesome time. We started in Melbourne after an arduous 16-hour flight from L.A. The day we landed, it was hot and eventually got to 102°F.
If you’ve taken a similar trip recently, perhaps to another continent or a CRR outpost in another country, let us know. Tell us about your trip.
The News Journal’s Brad Myers wrote a great article on the secret behind the success of the running program at the Tatnall School in Wilmington—its coach, Pat Castagno. On “National Signing Day” this past week, five of his current protégés signed running scholarships for college. This is an amazing thing for a school with such a small population. But Castagno, a product of the coaching of CRR Jim Fischer at Delaware, has done amazing things with Tatnall’s program, recognized as one of the best nationally.
Two former Tatnall runners, siblings Molly and Sam Parsons, are scholarship runners at Richmond and North Carolina State, respectively. They are CRR George Parsons and CRR Christina Parsons’ kids.
Well before his knees gave out on him, CRR Ken Seaman was a force to be reckoned with—on the road, in the water, on the bike, or some combination thereof. Even with substantial discomfort in his knees, Seaman would often jump in a local 5K or two and go as hard as he could. He loved the beach life and often ran the popular Bottle & Cork 10 Miler. In his heyday, Seaman competed with fellow triathlete buddies CRR Chip Fletcher, CRR John Zolper, and CRR Willie Cain, who was his next-door neighbor and one of his best friends.
Professionally, Seaman had been an instructor and academic coordinator of clinical education in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Delaware for over 20 years, a testament to his love of health and fitness. He had great passion for volunteering and outreach, which earned him the Jefferson Award in 2002 and the Volunteer of the Year award from the MS Society of Delaware.
Seaman had retired a few years ago and had had his share of more serious health problems in recent years. He was 62 and died at his home in Newark early this week.