Farquhar pumping with adrenaline


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Each year, the Haddonfield (N.J.) Adrenaline 5K draws serious competitors from all over the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. This year’s race, contested on Saturday, March 16, was no exception.

photo of Bill FarquharTimes were fast, really fast. So fast, in fact, that 50-year-old CRR Bill Farquhar finished in 68th place overall. His time was a super 17:45 (17:42 chip), which gave him a well-deserved age-group (50-54) win in a major race.

Well done, Bill!

39-year-old Tim Hodson, son of the late CRR Robert Hodson, finished 7th among his age-group peers in a commendable 19:26. There were 984 finishers.


Kukich resumes Ct5K coaching at UD


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CRR Diane Kukich, a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America, will again be getting UD employees “up and running” this spring through a Couch to 5K running program, a nine-week training program for beginner runners, offered by the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.

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Parsons über alles


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photo of Christina ParsonsSam Parsons, a professional runner from Newark, Del., and son of CRR Christina Parsons and CRR George Parsons, won the 3,000m indoor German National Championship in Leipzig on Saturday. Parsons, who has dual citizenship because of his German-born mother, made the decision last year to compete for her homeland.

photo of Sam Parsons finishing 3,000m indoor race in Leipzig, Germany (photo by Theo Kiefner)The 25-year-old Parsons and another German-American runner, Amos Bartelsmeyer, finished 1-2 and were the only competitors to break eight minutes, Parsons clocking in at 7:53.71.

In a post-race interview, an ecstatic Parsons said, “It was amazing to compete here today. This is something special for me to start for the first time at the German Championships. The people here are so much cooler than in the U.S. The audience loves athletics. Now I am looking forward to running at the European Championships, and I hope to bring home a medal for Germany.”

photo of Sam Parsons after winning the 3,000m German Indoor National Championships in LeipzigHe later posted, “I wanted to win so badly. I was willing to pour out whatever was necessary to win. It’s a moment I’ll cherish forever.”

A Tatnall School and North Carolina State University graduate, Parsons will be off to represent Germany in the European Championships on March 2–3 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Will he be ready? With two Creek Road Runners forming his direct bloodline, we bet he will be. “I’m not afraid of opponents,” he declared.

> See post-race video interview (in German)
> Also see Parsons breaks four-minute mile.

Editor’s Note: Parsons took 12th place in the Euro Championships on March 2.

Taking the “safe” out of Safety Harbor


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photo of Rachel StricklandFigured we could start out the new year with a cautionary tale. The following first-person account was shared by CRR Rachel Strickland, whose foot, yes, still hurts after having run two shorter races in lieu of one longer one.

Probably not the best decision I have ever made, but…

photo of medals from Safety Harbor 5K and 10K…I had signed up to do the half marathon of the Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor, Fla., a race I had done seven years ago for its inaugural run. They have really fun medals.

My foot hurt so bad on my last training run the previous Sunday that I could only do five miles and had to walk a lot of that. The race organizers let me transfer to the 5K/10K Challenge. Still 9.3 miles, but I saved nearly four miles of pounding on my foot.

photo of meme from Monty Python and the Holy GrailI did the 10K at 7 a.m. then the 5K at 9:00. I got a medal for each event and a third for having done the combo. It hurt every single step, so probably not the best decision (hence the meme about being in denial). This is the same injury that kept me from doing the Wring Out the Old [at the end of 2018], but it seemed like it had been getting better.

I like to practice medicine without a license and know a little about anatomy, but I’m seeing a podiatrist this week to find out what the problem is, and, hopefully, I’ll have a real diagnosis. Likely a long time away from running in order to rehab. Just as well, because cycling season is just around the corner, and I can start training (I have the bike hooked to a trainer in the basement) for the Monkey Knife Fight on April 6—a 30-mile hilly ride in Emmaus, Pa.

Oh well, you just can’t keep some runners down. But, as a general rule, we don’t recommend running injured. Stay healthy in 2019 everyone!

19 participants at 20th annual trail run


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On December 31st, the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in nearby Maryland boasted 19 participants,… if you include the three canines, one biker, and a photographer.

photo of runners beginning the 20th annual New Year’s Eve event at Fair Hill

Creek Road Runners start the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill.

Gender equality was finally achieved with eight women and eight men this year, certainly a record for the number of female runners (7). Never had there been as many dogs running the loop as this year either, not counting those who may have been “dogging” the course—you know who you are, CRR Bill Rose.

The weather was crisp, but there was a delightful absence of wind (unlike last year), and everyone seemed to have a good time.

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