Robinson weighs in on Gritty


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photo of Philadelphia Flyers mascot, GrittyThe Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, has had its detractors lately. Here’s some of what CRR Matt Robinson, self-appointed CEO of Creek Road Runners, has to say about the wild-eyed, orange-haired dude on skates.

“In relation to a mascot being a part of the brand, there are many success stories of the use of a mascot as an attachment point for a franchise,” Robinson said. “See the Phillie Phanatic or, even more interesting, Mr. Celery with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.”

Robinson also pointed out the fun fact that the original Phillie Phanatic, [University of Delaware] grad David Raymond, was involved with Gritty’s design and implementation.

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Gelato Ten Miler melts a little


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OK, so the course along Creek Road in Newark had to be shortened a bit, race organizers say down to 9.65 miles because of some course deterioration. The Caffé Gelato Waffle Cone Ten Miler still presents a challenging but scenic course each year, a combination of creekside pavement and trails.

photo of Bruce WeberOn Sunday, CRR Bruce Weber placed 5th overall out of 188 finishers in 1:04:14. An unusually long course for this natural sprinter, Weber won his age group (50-59) and was the second master’s finisher.

photo of Bill RoseCRR Bill Rose finished just off the podium in the same age group, turning in a very respectable 1:07:47 while placing 13th.


Mackler 5K results


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The Annual Scott Mackler 5K was contested on October 21. This race continues in memory of CRR Scott Mackler who had battled ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for years before his death and added significantly to the quest to find a cure, not only through his own research, but through the proceeds from this race—the toughest road 5K in Delaware.

Molly Shay, 12-year-old daughter of CRR Mike Shay, came away as the female winner on the day, placing 25th overall out of 157 finishers while posting a time of 25:27. The younger Shay has been coached (seemingly quite successfully) by CRR Diane Kukich.

In the men’s field, CRR Ryan German won the 40-49 age group, placing 10th overall in 22:38.

Congratulations to both of you.

Baird blasts Homecoming 5K


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photo of Jo Baird finishing Homecoming 5KThe photo may look like she has sprouted wings and an extra pair of legs, but it is just CRR Jo Baird’s strong and determined finishing kick, as YoUDee—the University of Delaware mascot—peers over her shoulder while she finishes the UD Homecoming 5K last Wednesday. Baird was the second overall finisher and top woman, crossing the line in 18:44.

CRR Bruce Weber trailed Baird by just seven seconds, clocking a 18:51 in third place as the top master’s runner. CRR Bill Rose finished 13th overall and took third in the 50-59 age group with a 20:32. CRR Doug Repetti took second place among the 65-69s in 25:21.

photo of Anja Leefeldtphoto of Becky GeorgeCRR Anja Leefeldt took first in the 40-49 age group in 25:29, less than three seconds off the finishing time of the woman who took the top master’s place. (Leefeldt’s chip time was actually three seconds faster than the top master’s chip time, meaning she’ll have to get closer to the starting line in the future.) CRR Becky George took third in the 50-59 age group in 26:34.

Great results for Baird, who was training for the Marine Corps Marathon, and for many of the other Creek Road Runner women at this race. CRR Christine Schultz even raced in her UD-colored Homecoming tutu!

Tripp does distance in Sweden


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photo of Tripp Shenton with medal in Stockholm

A happy Tripp Shenton after finishing in Stockholm Half

University of Delaware professor and CRR Tripp Shenton, on sabbatical from in Sweden, checked in recently to let us know he’s been having some fun at some big races over there.

On September 15, he ran the Stockholm Half Marathon in 1:47:02, which placed him in the top 25% of his age group.

photo of starting line in cross-country race

Massive starting line for Lidingöloppet 15K

More recently, he competed in the Lidingöloppet 15K, which is billed as the “largest cross-country race in the world.” He said that the trails in White Clay Creek State Park were a big help in his training but that it was still a tough race. Shenton finished in 1:21:23.