Weber places 2nd overall

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photo of Bruce Weber57-year-old CRR Bruce Weber ran the Run for Kids’ Health 5K in Wilmington last Saturday but didn’t know that the race’s major competitors would all be in his age group (50-59). Fortunately, his 5K times have been consistently in the mid-19s lately.

In this particular race, the top three of 115 finishers were all age 50-59. The winner, Jorge Morales, a 52-year-old from Wilmington, ran an incredible 18:43 to win the race. Weber placed second in a time of 19:27, winning his age group by virtue of Morales having taken the top prize. Placing third overall and second in that age group was 58-year-old Greg Cauller in 19:42. Not bad for a bunch of seniors.

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Time-valued trifecta

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photo of Mark Deshon with age-group winning plaqueThe race itself wasn’t special, even though it takes place each year in his birth city in association with Maine’s largest seafood festival, but it was the pursuit of an interesting racing trifecta that focused the attention of CRR Mark Deshon this summer.

After last Sunday’s race, Deshon, who first took on Rockland’s Lobster Festival 10K in 1997 during its silver anniversary year, has now competed in the race three times, winning his age group each time—in different 10-year age groups.

Despite what he viewed as a sub-par race performance (“I was on [my target] pace but completely blew up after four miles”), Deshon managed to finish 19th this year in 45:34, winning the 60-69 age group’s first-place plaque. He now has his third such winning plaque, having finished 6th overall in 1997 at age 41 in 37:47 and 21st overall five years ago at age 57 in 43:56.

Inevitably (like “death and taxes”), his times have slowed, but Deshon happily relishes this special—in a quirky sense—racing achievement, 21 years in the making.

In memoriam: CRR Tom Brill

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photo of votive candleOn a sad note, one of the original Creek Road Runners, CRR Tom Brill, died on July 23 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Having retired from the University of Delaware in 2006 because of Parkinson’s, Brill also had to stop running, but he walked as much as he could in the ensuing years.

photo of Tom BrillBrill wrote his own obituary, a portion of which says, “He enjoyed hiking, running, canoeing and mountain climbing. He and his wife [Pat] won the Gore-Tex triathlon mixed pairs in 1985.”

CRR Mark Deshon remembers the day he first met Brill. Deshon met Creek Road Runners co-founder CRR Bob Bennett that same day during a 4.5-mile race in Newark. “This was my first road race in which I experienced running with the lead pack. Tom and Bob, 12 and 15 years my senior, respectively, were among a group of seven runners who were battling for the lead that day. Bob ended up winning, I finished third, and Tom finished right behind me in fourth.

“Tom was always such a kind and humble person,” Deshon continued. “In 2016, he came to an arranged 75th birthday lunch get together in honor of Bob, who had been one of Tom’s running partners back in the 70s.”

CRR Charlie Riordan, UD vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, called Brill “a true scholar-teacher,” and said, “He was a thoughtful and understated [chemistry department] colleague and mentor, whose scientific impact continues through the careers of the excellent students he produced.”

See University of Delaware article.

Rose captures Trail Creek Series crown

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photo of Bill RoseCongratulations to 59-year-old CRR Bill Rose, who won the 2018 Trail Creek Series, as he scored the most cumulative points (100) of any male participant in the series of five off-road 10K races.

In series scoring, 30 points were awarded for a first-place finish, 29 points for 2nd, 28 points for 3rd, etc. Rose scored 10, 16, 24, 25, and 25 points in the five races, respectively, which took place between March 4 and June 23. The second-place finisher earned a total of 89 points. Rose received a $200 prize for winning the series.

Held on measured cross-country courses in both Pennsylvania and Delaware, races in the 10K series include the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, Beau Biden Foundation Memorial Trail Run, Enoch Lee Race to Save the World, The Land Conservancy Stateline Woods Run for Conservation, and Chasin’ for Chalfin.

More madness, regional examples

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photo of Dima Kaliakin at Dirty German 50KWhen 23-year-old CRR Dima Kaliakin races, typically a marathon is but a warm-up distance.

On Saturday, May 12, Kaliakin ran the 50km “Dirty German Endurance Fest” in Philadelphia, placing 4th overall out of 190 competitors, winning his age group in the process, in 3:52:23. That’s nearly four hours of running at a 7:28 per mile pace.

On June 2, in Staten Island, N.Y., Kaliakin competed in the Saloman OutdoorFest Ultra. The object here was to run as far—as many times over the same 5K loop—as one could in six hours! Kaliakin won this race outright, completing 39 miles (that’s a little over 12-and-a-half 5Ks) in that time and winning by more than a 5K over the second-place finisher.

Just four days later, Kaliakin entered a 24-hour charity running event in Annapolis, Md. Laps were supposed to be one mile in length. He managed to do an even 100 laps, only to find out later that the laps were each actually 0.94 miles, so he was disappointed that he had only managed 94 miles. His dad, CRR Vic Kaliakin, who is much more reasonable with his running by comparison, said that Dima “went out too fast,” completing the first 50 laps in a blistering 6:55/mile pace, having to slow up considerably after the 78th mile.

Astounding and a more than a bit crazy!