Along with another University of Delaware professor, CRR Charlie Riordan has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Congrats, Charlie.
On Wednesday, November 13, CRR Scott Mackler succumbed to ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) here in Newark at age 55 after a courageous and inspiring 15-year battle with the disease. Mackler, a physician and neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania, was featured nationally for continuing his research well after ALS had robbed him of all but his brain function. A veteran of both the New York City and Boston marathons, Mackler had a real love for running. Since his diagnosis, the Scott Mackler 5K, held annually here in Newark, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars toward ALS research. Mackler was always present at those races in his wheelchair, no doubt smiling proudly on the inside.
CRR Mark Deshon remembers the last time he and CRR Bob Bennett ran with Mackler, just a year or two before the onset of his disease. “It was a pristine winter day, and Scott liked running trails, so we ran at Fair Hill,” Deshon said. “The feeling of peace from a long morning run on snow-covered ground in the cold weather with friends who appreciate running was wonderful that day. When I think of Scott, I’ll always remember the beauty of that run with him.”
Creek Road Runners extend our condolences to his wife, CRR Lynn Snyder-Mackler, and family.
CRR Dan Simmons is not one to toot his own horn, so someone has to do it for him. On October 26th, Simmons competed in the USA National Duathlon Championship in Tucson, Ariz., placing 4th among the 65-69 men and 233rd out of the 383 finishers. He was one of just three competitors from Delaware.
Though he admits he wish he had done better in the 5K run, 35K bike, 5K run event (rather than deal with the expensive logistics of shipping his own bicycle out west, he rented a bicycle that didn’t fit him very well), Simmons posted a time of 2:00:12 (splits of 21:45, 1:10:39, and 25:02 for the stages plus 2:36 of transition time). This placed him behind only age-group adversaries from Brookfield, Wis., Blue Bell, Pa., and El Sobrante, Calif.
This finish earned Simmons an invitation to the World Duathlon Championship in Pontevedra, Spain, in May. He hasn’t decided yet if he’ll go or not. It’s a long transatlantic swim and his least favorite of the multi-sport “legs.”
Whether for triathloning, cross-training, the thrill of going faster, or simply taking better care of worn-out knees, sooner or later many of us runners consider taking up bicycling. The biking bug definitely caught two Creek Road Runners in particular, both of whom are avid cyclists.
In an effort to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware in memory of area triathlete Mike Clark, CRR Ann Jornlin and CRR Gail Seitz spent 50 days this past summer trekking by bike from Portland, Ore., to Portsmouth, N.H., with a group of cyclists from the U.S. and elsewhere through the organization America by Bicycle.
They blogged daily during the trip; their blog gives great insight into their personal experiences and the beauty of this country as seen atop a skinny leather cushion on a seatpost.
Jornlin and Seitz raised nearly $80,000 for the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, the primary beneficiary of which is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. Well done times two!
Justin Courter, son of CRR Kristal Courter, is a member of the Newark National team that is representing Delaware and currently competing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Kristal and her husband, Chris, were spotted on ESPN this past weekend in the parent section of the stands. Go, Newark National.