April accomplishments, in first person


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CRR Charlie Roth on his Penn Relays experience:

photo of Charlie RothCreek Road is still running strong!

I had a lifetime running highlight this past weekend. I ran in the Penn Relays [April 27]!

Some of the other dads from [my son] Alex’s high school team and I were watching them running last year at Penn Relays, and while watching some master’s races going on that afternoon, we said, “We could do that.”

So we started training (Sunday afternoons through the winter on an outdoor track), ran a USATF meet to hit the qualifying time, and competed in the age-50-and-over 4x400m relay Friday night. I anchored in 64.8, a bit off the 64.2 that I had done indoors to qualify, but not bad for a distance runner at age 50.

I am hoping that the track work can translate into a fast 5K at some point. I went 20:29 last month for my master’s PR, but I feel there is a little more there. We’ll see.

Excerpts from CRR Jo Baird’s Boston experience:

photo of Jo BairdThis year’s Boston Marathon, my third Boston and seventh marathon overall, was by far the most challenging not only physically, but mentally as well. At the start line, as we were lining up in our different corrals in my wave, they announced that these were the worst running conditions the Boston Marathon has ever seen (something I wish that they had told me after the race was over, rather than before).

During the race, there was steady rain and wind with an occasional gust that took your breath away and an occasional downpour that soaked right through your clothes. It definitely was both a physical and mental test…. Many runners still only wore shorts and a singlet, which was no match for these conditions.

Personally, I had a surprisingly good race. I started out the first four miles at a 7:04 pace…. I backed off…but checked my watch at mile eight and saw that my average had only dropped to 7:06. As we got to “Heartbreak Hill,” one guy who had been running around the same pace as I had patted me and said, “We’re in this together.” I had no idea who he was. We hadn’t said anything to each other the whole race, but it meant a lot.

Once I got to the top of the hill, where all the Boston College students were, I felt nothing but love as I looked down into Boston. The last five miles were almost a blur; as [I] got closer to Boston,…[t]he crowds were so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think, and I didn’t even feel myself increase my pace. My last mile was 6:56, because, as I turned right onto Hereford and left on Boylston, there was this indescribable feeling of emotions that I felt from conquering that day and being lifted up by my fellow runners and this amazing city.

Overall, it was a race for the books. It was one of those experiences I have no regrets doing but don’t really want to do again.

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Broad Street bullies


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Broad Street Run logoThough the Philadelphia Flyers are out of the playoffs, there were still some Creek Road Runners who were definitely flying down Broad Street yesterday, taking no prisoners in the annual Broad Street Run Ten Miler in Philly.

photo of Bill FarquharCRR Bill Farquhar led the way with a stellar 59:45, finishing in 194th place in the field of about 50,000 runners and placing 3rd in the 50-54 age group! This sub-6:00/mile performance legitimized his tactic of saving energy last weekend during the Delaware Marathon Relay. His performance yesterday at Broad Street age-graded to an 82.4, which is considered “national class.”

Our newest Creek Road Runner, 25-year-old CRR Jo Baird, tore up the course in a fast 1:05:34, finishing an amazing 69th among all women and 553rd overall.

Following after Baird were 51-year-old CRR Keith Crispin, who ran a 1:06:51, and 67-year-old CRR Doug Repetti, who posted a 1:23:45, each a terrific time for his respective age.

Delaware Marathon Festival victories


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Sunday was a great day for Creek Road Runners, despite the unseasonably cool temperatures and added wind. Several participated in one of the events during the weekend, which included the Delaware Marathon, Half-Marathon, 4-Person Relay, and 5K.

photo of Andrew Weberphoto of Dan WeileOne Creek Road Runner—38-year-old CRR Andrew Weber—stood above all the rest (out of 699 finishers) in the Delaware Half-Marathon, winning in 1:22:34 and finishing a good five-and-a-half minutes ahead of the next runner. CRR Dan Weile punched his ticket for the podium by being the third man to finish (fifth overall) in 1:29:52. Both Weber (35-39) and Weile (45-49) would have won their respective age groups but had to settle for the bigger honor of having finished in the top three.

Another notable was CRR Kevin McCooey, who finished 4th among the 60-64s in 2:04:09.

In the 5K on Saturday, CRR Jeremy Firestone won the 60-64 age group in 23:25.

photo of CRR relay team

The 2018 winning Delaware Marathon 4-Person Relay team—Bill Rose, Bill Farquhar, Bruce Weber, and Mark Deshon

photo of first exchangephoto of 1st place team finish ticketThe Creek Road Runners 4-person relay team bested 49 other teams in winning the relay. With an average age of 56.5, the rather senior team of CRR Bill Rose (leadoff) CRR Bruce Weber (leg 2), CRR Mark Deshon (leg 3), and CRR Bill Farquhar (anchor) logged a combined time of 2:59:16, slower than their collective potential but well ahead of the second-place team. This is the best overall place finish of any Creek Road Runners team in the history of this race. Last year, the team placed third; the team was fifth in 2016.

photo of second exchangeAt age 59, Rose (45:03) gave the team the early lead it would not relinquish (exchanging with Weber in above photo), and the cushion that 50-year-old anchor Bill Farquhar (45:27) needed to treat this as an up-tempo training run for next week’s Broad Street Ten Miler. In between, the fastest time of the four—42:17—was turned in by the 57-year-old Weber on leg 2, and Deshon (three weeks shy of turning 62) stepped up his game to post a 46:29—18 seconds better than his relay leg in 2016 (Weber exchanging with Deshon in photo at right).

close-up photo of Bill Farquhar finishingWith the team squarely in the lead, each of the runners enjoyed the luxury of a lead vehicle, either a motorcycle or bicycle, to follow through the 6.55-mile relay course, something to which none of them is accustomed (Farquhar finishing in in photo at left; in photos below: Rose, Farquhar, and Deshon—holding Weber’s jacket during leg 2; Weber congratulating Farquhar after the finish).

photo of Bruce Weber and Bill Farquhar after the race

photo of Bill Rose, Bill Farquhar, and Mark Deshon (holding Bruce Weber’s jacket during leg 2)

5K on The Green


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image of event informationBridging the civilian-military divide is the concern of a student group on the University of Delaware campus. The group, Reviresco, will be holding its second annual 5K Run/Walk at the UD Green on Sunday, April 29. Day-of registration begins at 10:15 a.m., and the race—around UD’s Central and South Green—will start at 11 a.m. The best part about this race is the price—only $5!

You can also register via the group’s Facebook page (click on the image for a larger view).

This event information is brought to you courtesy of CRR Bill Rose.

with a Cherry Blossom on top


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photo of Diane Kukich outside Carpenter Sports BuildingCRR Diane Kukich has added to her growing list of accomplishments as a senior runner. On April 8, she ran another mega-race, the popular Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington, D.C., finishing in the top 25% among 16,670 finishers. She typically doesn’t do races of this length anymore, so this one was a challenge for her. She managed to run an ultra-consistent 8:34 pace throughout, finishing in 1:31:36 (a chip time of 1:25:43). This chip time placed her 5th among 65 runners in the 65-69 age group, behind competitors from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arizona. Her time age-graded at 80.95, which is considered “national class.”

Kukich currently holds Delaware state age-group records at the 5-mile (65-69) and 20K (50-54) distances.

Well done, Diane.