Son of CRRs in USATF 5000m championship

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photo of Sam Parsons in the East Region 10K in Jacksonville, Fla.Recently turned professional Sam Parsons, Newark native and son of CRR George Parsons and CRR Christina Parsons, will be competing in the 5000m race at the USATF Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend. You can catch the action on Sunday on NBC, the telecast beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT).

See recent News Journal article on Parsons, who ran for The Tatnall School locally and North Carolina State while in college. Parsons still holds the Delaware high school record in the 3200m.

We’re sure mom and dad are very proud!

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50-year-olds continue to dominate

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Coming off an impressive performance in the Delaware Marathon relay earlier in the spring, Creek Road Runners in, shall we say, the “graying” age groups are still doing well in local races.

photo of Bruce WeberIn the RED Run 5K in Wilmington on June 16, 57-year-old CRR Bruce Weber turned in another mid-19s race with a 19:28 in winning the 50-59 age group. Weber finished 4th overall out of 265 runners.

photo of Bill RoseIn the XTERRA Big Elk Trail Run 10K, 59-year-old CRR Bill Rose placed 3rd overall out of 66 runners, clocking a 46:49. This was a super time for a trail race, but then Rose has had plenty of practice at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, where the race was held, albeit in much colder weather.

Coaching Couch to 5K

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photo of Diane Kukich runningCRR Diane Kukich was recently written up as part of an article on the University of Delaware’s first completed “Couch to 5K” program for employees. Kukich is an RRCA-certified running coach who currently holds two Delaware state age-group records—the 20K (50-54, 1:30:56) and the 5 mile (65-69, 39:41).

Kukich will be starting a Couch to 5K program in the fall at UD, turning yet another cadre of so-called “couch potatoes” into capable joggers/runners.

CRR Beth Finkle, UD’s director of Health and Wellbeing, was also mentioned in the article.

Blue Hen winners

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photo of Bruce Weber finishing (courtesy of Races2Run.com)

Bruce Weber finishes the 2018 Blue Hen 5K (photo courtesy of Races2Run).

The home course means “home cookin’,” and that’s just what several Creek Road Runners enjoyed this morning on Creek Road in the 10th Annual Blue Hen 5K, as part of the University of Delaware’s “Dela-bration” Alumni Weekend.

Leading the way was CRR Bruce Weber, UD’s dean of the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics. Weber was all by himself in second place overall, not close to the leader but way ahead of anyone else, posting a 19:39 along the Creek Road course. In doing so, Weber was also the top master’s runner.

photo of Deshon, Anderson, and Weile (photo by Doug Baker, courtesy of UD)

Age-group winners Deshon, Anderson, and Weile are happy with the results (photo by Doug Baker, courtesy of UD).

Three others came away with age-group wins. CRR Dan Weile has been running well lately, and he placed 5th overall on the day, winning the 40-49 age group in 20:30. In winning the 60-69 age group, CRR Mark Deshon ran a decent 21:26, finishing 10th overall—a great way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his UD graduation. On the distaff side, a very fit CRR April Anderson headed the 70-and-overs in 39:32.

Kids of Creek Road Runners even garnered some medals. 14-year-old Ben Schultz, son of CRR Dave Schultz and CRR Christine Schultz, took 3rd among the 13-19s and 14th overall in 22:52. Molly Shay, 12-year-old daughter of CRR Mike Shay, won the 12-and-unders with a 24:50 and was the 4th woman finisher.

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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