Homecoming 5K next week

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Blue Hens Homecoming 5K logoNext Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, the annual Blue Hens Homecoming 5K is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

The race entry fee of $15 jumps to $20 on Monday.  You can’t beat this cost for a 5K!

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Mackler 5K is just ahead

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photo of Scott Mackler watching the Oct. 2009 race

Scott Mackler watches racers back in 2009.

Come out for the 18th Annual Scott Mackler 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 22, the race starting at 12:30 p.m. The start and finish are at Temple Beth El on Possum Park Road in Newark.

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It started in 1999, right after CRR Scott Mackler was diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who’s walked or run this 5K course in the past can attest to it being what CRR Mark Deshon calls “the toughest road 5K in Delaware,” which is why many people choose to take it light and walk. Creek Road Runners run it. The event features a full buffet after the run and awards for top finishers.

Though Mackler lost his long battle with this degenerative disease four years ago, the legacy he left still inspires all to help those with this terrible disease, through research and assistive technology. Because of the Scott Mackler Assistive Technology Fund and donations from this race, there has never been an ALS patient in the greater Philadelphia area who has gone without communicative technology for want of money.

The fast and faster this past weekend

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This past weekend saw several Creek Road Runners participate at various distances in local events. The notables are as follows:

photo of Andrew Weberphoto of Bruce WeberIn the 11th Annual Main Street Mile race in Newark, two guys with the same last name, who are related only by their fleetness of foot, cracked the top 15 in this short race of 813 participants. CRR Andrew Weber posted the fastest time among Creek Road Runners, finishing 9th overall in a lightning-fast 5:08, good for 2nd in the 30-39 age group. CRR Bruce Weber wasn’t far behind, finishing 14th overall and taking 1st among the 50-59s in 5:32. In terms of age grading, the elder Weber’s time garnered a 90.2 grade, which is considered “world class” for his age group. The younger Weber’s 84.3 is considered “national class.” Both impressive, to say the least. An honorable mention, Newark’s Deputy Mayor CRR Andrew Haines turned in a 7:15.

photo of Bill Farquharphoto of Keith CrispinIn a much longer race, the Pike Creek Valley Running Club’s annual Delaware Distance Classic 15K, there were four standouts. Of the 191 participants in this race, CRR Bill Farquhar came in 7th overall, finishing in 58:51 and winning the 45-49 age group. Watch out for him within the next year when he turns 50! CRR Keith Crispin took 2nd in the 50-54 age group with a 1:06:38, good for 28th overall.

photo of Robert HeskethNew Jersey resident and one of the original Creek Road Runners, 57-year-old CRR Robert Hesketh, posted a 1:11:37, finishing 45th and taking only 7th place in a tough age group (55-59). CRR Doug Repetti, 66 years of age, was 70th in 1:17:46, and CRR Theresa Kauffman finished 113th in 1:25:52.

photo of Bill RoseIn the CASA 5K, CRR Bill Rose, running in his first 5K in a year’s time, finished 4th overall out of 38 runners in 19:59. The course was entirely on the University of Delaware central campus in Newark—three laps of The Green. Nothing like a long lap!

photo of Dimitri Kaliakin after ultramarathonIn a slightly longer race on Sunday, Dimitri “Dima” Kaliakin, youngest son of CRR Vic Kaliakin completed his first ultramarathon, the grueling Tussey Mountain 50-miler, just outside State College, Pa. The 20-year-old Washington College grad completed the up-and-down 50-mile distance in 6:45:34, finishing 5th overall and 4th among non-masters runners. This included a total elevation gain of 5,485 feet, 1,301 feet of which occurred during one 4.1-mile stretch (from the course’s lowest to highest point). Back in May, Dima placed 12th overall out of 326 finishers in the Delaware Marathon in 3:06:07. We shorter-distance Creek Road Runners salute you, Dima!

Blue Hen 5K winners

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The seniors shined on a sunny Saturday here in Newark, during the annual Blue Hen 5K on Creek Road.

photo of Bruce WeberLeading the way was CRR Bruce Weber, who came in 3rd overall (out of 192 participants), winning in 19:17. The 56-year-old Weber was the top finisher over 30 years of age.

CRR Diane Kukich won the 60-69s in what was, for her anyway, a fairly comfortable 25:21 as the 38th runner to cross the line.

photo of Bob TaggartNow 76, CRR Bob Taggart, the grand old man who still owns five state records (at 5K, 5 mi., 10K, 15K, and 10 mi., all in the 65-69 age group) notched another win in the 70-and-overs in 29:25.

Not to be outdone, CRR Dan Weile (40-49) took an age-group 2nd place, finishing 10th overall in 21:40. And, of special note, CRR George Watson, represented UD’s College of Arts and Sciences well in his annual 5K appearance in 36:08.

Mother’s Day magic for CRRs

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This weekend saw the Creek Road Runners perform at their collective best during the Delaware Marathon Running Festival.

When one race just isn’t good enough (or apparently long enough), CRR Diane Kukich doubles up. She ran and won the 65-69 age group in the 5K on Saturday evening in 24:47 and then celebrated Mother’s Day by winning the same age group in the Half Marathon in 2:10:21. No doubt her daughter Christine, who also ran both races, was her inspiration, …or is it the other way around?

photo of Andrew Weberphoto of Dan WeileLocal standout and 37-year-old CRR Andrew Weber placed 2nd overall out of 821 finishers in the Half Marathon, with a stellar time of 1:21:27. Wow! CRR Dan Weile cracked the top 20 himself in the Half, running a 1:33:49 and taking 3rd in the 40-44 age group.

photo of Tripp ShentonJust having come off a 3:51:28 finish at the Boston Marathon, CRR Tripp Shenton placed 58th overall in the Half Marathon with a 1:40:18, giving him a 2nd place finish among the 55-59s.

Of particular note was Dimitri Kaliakin (son of CRR Vic Kaliakin), who placed 12th overall out of 328 finishers in the Marathon with a wonderful 3:06:07, a pace of approximately 7:05 per mile for the 26.2-mile distance. Kaliakin placed 2nd in the 20-24 age group.

Creek Road Runners team 2017

CRRs Rose, Farquhar, Weber, and Crispin

In the event where Creek Road Runners have historically shone brightly—the Marathon Relay, two CRR teams placed in the top 10 out of the 92 teams that competed.

The “Creek Road Runners” team smashed its own team record, set last year, by nearly 5 minutes, finishing 3rd overall in 2:48:26, and (by virtue of the winning team being a masters team as well) took top prize in the masters category!

Marathon Relay team finishCRR Bill Rose ran a 44:06 in the first of four 6.55-mile legs. CRR Bruce Weber, despite having encountered some calf cramping and having to walk a bit, finished leg two in a quick 41:16. CRR Keith Crispin, who a week ago ran a 1:04:33 at the Broad Street Ten Miler, finished leg three in 43:08. The fastest and youngest (turns 50 this fall) of the team, CRR Bill Farquhar, who ran 59:54 at Broad Street, sizzled in the final leg with a 39:56!

CRRs Dombroski, Chappell, Brett, and DiIorio

The Creek Road Runners “B” team (a.k.a. “Team UMS”) of CRR Kyle Chappell (46:11), CRR Joe Dombroski (55:23), CRR Bob DiIorio (57:24), and CRR Andrew Brett (47:57) finished in 9th place overall, clocking a combined time of 3:26:55.

Well done, everyone!