Three CRRs conquer Top of Delaware

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photo of Doug Repetti at Top of Delaware Triathlon 2016Today, three Creek Road Runners fared well in the Top of Delaware multi-sport events, held at the Newark Reservoir.

In a total time of 1:20:59, CRR Doug Repetti was the top competitor in the 65-69 age group, coming in 73rd overall out of 224 in the Top of Delaware Sprint Triathlon, a stiff test in summer heat and humidity. Repetti exited the water after the 1/4-mile swim in 14:44, covered the 11.4-mile hilly bike course in 35:07 (~19.5 mph), and finished off with the 2.6-mile run (up the Reservoir approach road, a wooded loop, the Reservoir loop, down the approach road, and up the steep side of the Reservoir hill) in 28:50.

photo of Sue Barton at Top of Delaware Triathlon 2016Coming out of the water ahead of Repetti time-wise was CRR Sue Barton, who was also the top competitor in her age group (55-59), finishing 77th overall in 1:22:11. She swam the quarter mile in 12:00, did the bike leg in 38:51 (~17.6 mph), and finished with a 29:00 run leg. Barton was the 13th female overall.

photo of Rich Braun at Top of Delaware Duathlon 2016In the Sprint Duathlon, CRR Rich Braun (having eschewed the swim for an additional run leg) was the second finisher in the 55-59 age group and 14th overall out of 45 competitors. He completed the duathlon course in 1:15:19. Braun was 23rd on each of the first and third legs (1.5-mile run in 10:56; 2.6-mile run in 26:46), but blasted the bike leg in 35:10 (~19.5 mph), 8th among all duathlon competitors.

Congratulations! The three of you made us Creek Road Runners proud.

Goody in Rio

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photo of Steve Goodwin at Olympic Games in Rio

CRR Steve Goodwin sits among Delaware supporters at a USA women’s Olympic team basketball game.

goodwinFirst-person accounts are essential, so CRR Steve Goodwin provides a glimpse of his experiences so far at the Olympic Games in Rio.

“I have gotten a few runs in along the beach in Mangaratiba and Sao Paulo. There is an incredibly steep and long hill; I am going to try to conquer it tomorrow. I did about 80%. It is easily the steepest hill I have ever run and it is about 1/5 of a mile. Brutal! Charlie [CRR Charlie Riordan] may not even like this one!

“We have also played soccer a number of times, including on Copacabana Beach. It was a real international affair with players from Brazil, USA, Mexico, and Finland. Enjoying the Games. Going to beach volleyball tomorrow. Have already seen the Women’s basketball (saw USA and Elena [Delle Donne]), men’s soccer, and team handball. We [will be] going to track and field, badminton, and the women’s soccer semis. Tickets are inexpensive and readily available.”

Photo provided by CRR Eric Jacobson.

Robinson happy to bring USA Basketball to the Bob

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photo of Matt Robinson speaking at IOC HQCRR Matt Robinson, while he was the Interim Athletic Director at the University of Delaware, worked behind the scenes to help bring to the Bob Carpenter Center a showcase pre-Olympic event, featuring the women’s USA Basketball team, .

“The Delaware Sport Commission (DSC) is excited about the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again and further strengthen our relationship with the U.S. Olympic Movement,” said Robinson, chairman of the commission and sport management professor at UD. “The DSC, UD Athletics, and Gene Delle Donne worked with USA Basketball throughout the spring to get it done. It was a true team effort. As a UD faculty member, hosting such a high-profile international event fits with the University’s mission of being a global university. Finally and most importantly, it is great that Elena [Delle Donne] will have the chance to play before her Delaware family before chasing her dream of winning gold at the Rio Games.”

What Robinson neglected to mention is that it’ll be a chance for UConn/USA Coach Geno Auriemma to visit the place where Elena Delle Donne played her college ball.

Weber turns in A– performance in B+

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photo of Bruce Weber finishing race

CRR Bruce Weber

In last weekend’s B+ 5K Fighting Childhood Cancer, CRR Bruce Weber ran a 19:20. In an absolutely loaded 50-59 age group in which eight runners broke 21 minutes, Weber could only place 3rd (discounting overall master’s winner and 50-50er Greg Cauller) with such a good finishing time. Weber came in 14th overall out of over 1,100 participants in the Wilmington race.

Great job, but there are definitely too many good old guys out there.

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