19 participants at 20th annual trail run

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On December 31st, the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in nearby Maryland boasted 19 participants,… if you include the three canines, one biker, and a photographer.

photo of runners beginning the 20th annual New Year’s Eve event at Fair Hill

Creek Road Runners start the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill.

Gender equality was finally achieved with eight women and eight men this year, certainly a record for the number of female runners (7). Never had there been as many dogs running the loop as this year either, not counting those who may have been “dogging” the course—you know who you are, CRR Bill Rose.

The weather was crisp, but there was a delightful absence of wind (unlike last year), and everyone seemed to have a good time.

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It’s about time

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photo of Jim Fischer tracksideOn the track, it’s about time—typically all about time. But this is not so true when it comes to CRR Jim Fischer, who has put more time (and love) into the sport of running and racing—as competitor, coach, and community mentor—than anyone else in Delaware. For his latest honor, all we can say here at CreekRoadRunners.org is that it’s about time!

It’s also about time to have posted this article, well after Fischer’s November 20th induction into the Delaware Track & Field Hall of Fame, the institution that he initiated several years ago.

Fischer came to Delaware from his native Minnesota in 1982 to coach cross-country and track and field at the University of Delaware. He quickly became one of the initial crop of Creek Road Runners. Fischer coached both men and women at UD until 2011, when the school eliminated the men’s running program, at which point he continued coaching the women for a few more years. He put in some coaching time at Delaware Technical & Community College and has since coached at the high-school level with the Sanford School and Ursuline Academy, respectively.

However, Fischer may be remembered most universally among the running community in northern Delaware for his leading public track workouts and mentoring runners individually every Tuesday evening 11 months out of the year for 30+ years. He also organized and officiated meets that were open to the public. He loves running so much that, even after he stopped racing, he could often be seen at races—either helping out or simply encouraging runners. In addition to his affiliation with Creek Road Runners, Fischer is a member of the Pike Creek Valley Running Club.

photo of Jim FischerIn CRR lore, Fischer was one of the five scoring members on the second-place-finishing Creek Road Runners team in the 1988 Caesar Rodney Half Marathon’s corporate team competition, clocking a 1:19:05. Other scorers that day were CRR Martin Wolfer, CRR Bob Taggart, CRR Mark Deshon, and CRR Steve Cottrell.

As we close out this calendar year, we salute you, Jim.

See News Journal’s write-up on Fischer and this year’s other four Hall of Fame inductees.

Marine Corps marathoners

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Marine Corps Marathon logoThere may be more out there who completed this year’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., but two Creek Road Runners stood out, each completing the 26.2-mile course in under 200 minutes.

photo of Dan WeileCRR Dan Weile, who finished 26th in among the 45-49 men and 363rd overall (out of 20,614), turned in a time of 3:13:58. Certainly not the time she had hoped for, photo of Jo BairdCRR Jo Baird, who was the 46th female to cross the line, finished 15th among the 25-29 women and 418th overall in 3:16:15.

In a race around the monuments of our nation’s capital, these two were monumental themselves.

Reindeer Run & Romp 5K honors

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Darkness had complete sway in this local 5K, which benefits Special Olympics of Delaware. However, there were three bright spots among our contingent in the race this year, which took place on Friday, Nov. 30.

photo of Kyle Chappellphoto of Keith CrispinCRR Kyle Chappell turned in the best time among three Creek Road Runners who placed in their respective age groups. He came in 37th overall and third in the 55-59 age group in 20:32. CRR Keith Crispin placed third among the 50-54s, finishing 70th overall, in 22:08.

CRR Diane Kukich, who is coming off some minor foot injuries, won the 65-69 age group in a very respectable 25:11.

Weber breaks 3 hours in Philly

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photo of Andrew Weber finishing 5KSpeedster CRR Andrew Weber, who will turn 40 next year, had been chipping away at the goal of running a marathon in under three hours. This past weekend, he accomplished that feat in the City of Brotherly Love, completing the Philadelphia Marathon in 2:59:15. He placed 337th overall out of the 9,509 finishers and 36th in the 35-39 age group.

Besides being a personal-best time for the marathon distance, Weber’s sub-3 finish qualified him for the Boston Marathon.

Well done!