Completing a record-breaking trifecta

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photo of Diane Kukich outside Carpenter Sports Building
state record holder CRR Diane Kukich

It has been a profitable early season for CRR Diane Kukich, who has been targeting Delaware age-group records since she turned 70 this past February.

Having already eclipsed the 5K and 15K records in March and April, respectively, Kukich completed her trifecta within the 70-74 age group on May 14 by setting a new state record in the 10K at the St. Michael’s (Md.) Running Festival. Her time was 53:25, smashing the 2016-set mark by 55 seconds.

Kukich now holds four of the 17 state age-group records that are held by Creek Road Runners and admits that “three records in three months was intense.”

Next, she’ll be setting her sights on and training for her first marathon, which she wants to run and “just finish” on November 3.

Kauffman honored

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A genuine environmental advocate for Creek Road and its environs has received a recent public-service honor at the University of Delaware (UD).

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CRR Jerry Kauffman was one of two individuals at UD to be honored with the 2021 Ratledge Family Award for Delaware Public Service.

Kauffman is the director of the UD Water Resources Center in the Institute for Public Administration at the Biden School. He also holds secondary faculty appointments in the Biden School and in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences.

A longtime Creek Road Runner, for years Kauffman has been a champion for protection of water quality and improvement of conditions for wildlife within area watersheds, including the White Clay Creek, along which Creek Road runs north from Newark.

Established by the Ratledge family, the Ratledge Family Award for Delaware Public Service reflects the family’s long-standing commitment to both the state of Delaware and UD. The award recognizes contributions of UD faculty, staff, and students who exemplify excellence in public service to the citizens of the state of Delaware.

Congratulations, Jerry, and thank you for your work.

Barton also a horticulture champion

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photo of Susan Barton

In addition to being a pretty good all-around athlete, competitive within her age group, CRR Sue Barton recently received plaudits for her professional work as a University of Delaware horticulturist.

The full story, in a recent issue of UDaily, begins:

“Sue Barton’s role at the University of Delaware is the perfect embodiment of the University’s land-grant mission. She teaches. She conducts research. And she takes UD’s knowledge to the public.”

Of course, we also know Barton for her winning qualities as a competitive triathlete and a world age-group CrossFit champion in 2019!

Kudos to you, Sue, for making such an impact within your field.

Broad Street representatives

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photo of Flora Poindexter
photo of Shawn Alexander

This year’s Broad Street Run—the popular net-downhill, ten-mile, straight-down-Broad-Street run in the heart of Philadelphia—drew more than 20,000 participants. Among the masses at this May 1 run were two Creek Road Runners from Newark—CRR Flora Poindexter, who ran a 1:49:34 (1:47:07 chip), and CRR Shawn Alexander, who ran 1:56:48.

Congratulations to both of you for competing in this unique race.

April’s longer races

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Patriots’ Day in Boston, the third Monday in April, brings with it the famed Boston Marathon. One of our own ran this year and fared quite well.

photo of Clark Ridge with Boston Marathon medal
photo of Clark Ridge in 2022 Boston Marathon

CRR Clark Ridge (son of CRR Doug Ridge), who grew up in Newark and lives in College Park, Md., completed the 26.2-mile course—from Hopkinton, Mass., to the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston—in 2:51.37. This was a PR for Ridge at this distance by an astonishing 10 minutes. An interesting thing about a big marathon like Boston with seeded starting is that in order to run a big personal best one has to pass a lot of other runners. In Ridge’s case he had to pass more than 4,500 runners along the way and finished 1,602nd overall out of tens of thousands.

Whenever Ridge is home visiting his parents, he heads to Creek Road for a nostalgic training run.

Congratulations, Clark!

Locally, the Delaware Running Festival was held on April 24 in Wilmington. There were a few standouts among the Creek Road Runners in the Half Marathon and 10K races.

photo of Andrew Weber
photo of Martha and Lincoln Narvaez

In the Delaware Half Marathon, 40-yr-old CRR Andrew Weber finished 2nd overall and top master’s runner in a blistering 1:22:15. Weber always seems to do very well at this distance. He has won this race in the past.

Of particular mention is CRR Martha Narvaez. While she marked a major personal achievement by finishing this race (placing 11th in the 45-49 age group in 2:03:49), her 12-yr.-old son, Lincoln, won the 19-and-under division outright, completing the race in 1:35:50 and finishing in the top 30 overall. That’s 7:19/mile pace for 13.1 miles for a 12-year-old, and it was his first half marathon! Watch out for this young runner over in the next several years and when he gets to compete in high school.

photo of Bruce Weber
photo of Holly Scott

In the 10K, 61-yr.-old CRR Bruce Weber (no relation to the aforementioned Weber) placed 3rd overall and was the top master’s runner in an impressive 41:26. Dover’s CRR Holly Scott was the 11th overal female finisher and placed 2nd among the 60-64 women in 58:22.

Congrats to all.