Thanksgiving Day wrap-up

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The annual Thanksgiving Day Run for MS races in Wilmington produced several notable mentions among the Creek Road Runners.

Two Creek Road Runners doubled up by taking age-group prizes in both the 10K and 5K.

photo of Bruce Weber

CRR Bruce Weber continued to dominate the 60s age group locally by winning the 60-69s in both races, running a 40:35* in the 10K and a 20:46 in the 5K. He placed 13th overall out of 268 runners in the 10K and 31st out of 1,040 participants in the 5K.

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CRR Doug Repetti, running his third and fourth races in less than a week, won the 70+ age group in the 10K in 56:56* and placed 2nd in the same age group in the 5K with a 27:58.

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CRR Ann Jornlin, while not placing in the top three among women in the 70+ 5K division, did race walk to a 4th in 49:42 while pushing her grandson in a baby stroller. Her husband, Frank, and daughter, Carly, each won their respective age groups, though. Her son, Kevin, and son-in-law ran the race as well.

Another family of note created some buzz. CRR Martha Narvaez, her husband, Kevin, and three sons all ran. Her 13-year-old son, Lincoln, finished a remarkable 15th overall in the 10K in 41:09*, finishing 4th among his teen peers. Good running genes in this family too.

*chip times (note: Creek Road Runners posts gun times when available)

Philadelphia Marathon milestones

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Two Creek Road Runners celebrated milestones in this year’s Philadelphia Marathon, which took place on Sunday, November 20.

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CRR Andrew Weber, one of Newark’s best runners, ran a new PR in the race, clocking in with a chip-timed 2:56:56. He finished an impressive 31st among the 612 competitors in the 40-44s and 341st overall among 8,420 finishers.

Among the women, CRR Diane Kukich completed what has been a banner year for her by running her first-ever marathon. At age 70, Kukich added yet another Delaware state age-group record to her collection, finishing 3rd in the 70-74 age group in 4:58:36 (chip time) and obliterating the previous Delaware record by 48 minutes! Kukich currently owns state age-group bests in the 5K, 10K, 15K, marathon (all in 2022), and the 5 mile (set in 2017).

Wow! Congratulations to both runners.

50th Turkey Trot results

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For 50 years, the Turkey Trot races have been a local Thanksgiving tradition. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving thousands have toed the line over the years in a spirit of comraderie and competition. It was no different this year, on the event’s golden anniversary.

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Two Creek Road Runners doubled their pleasure, running both the 10K and the 5K, and taking age-group honors in so doing.

CRR Dan Weile celebrated his first year in a new age group by winning the 50-54 division in 46:26 in the 10K and placed third in his division in the 5K with a time of 24:09. Ever ready to take on both races was CRR Doug Repetti, who took first place among his peers in each race, topping the 70+ division with a 56:02 10K and the 70-74 division with a 28:11 5K.

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Repetti and CRR Bruce Hubbard and CRR April Anderson were each quoted in the Newark Post story about the event.

Hubbard and Anderson, both in their upper 70s, walked the 5K course, continuing their own tradition of participation in this local moving celebration. Hubbard placed 3rd among the 75-79s, and had there been a parallel division for women in the 5K, the 78-year-old Anderson would have won. As it was, she finished 4th in the 70+ women’s division.

CRRs take 3 firsts and a second

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Celebrating with YoUDee are 60-69 age-group awardees (on the right) Bill Rose and Bruce Weber.
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Once again, the CRR duo of unrelated Webers shone in a local race. In the annual UD Homecoming 5K, CRR Andrew Weber and CRR Bruce Weber both finished in the top six, the aforementioned (Andrew) winning the race outright in a stellar 17:19 and the latter (Bruce) placing 6th and winning the 60-69 age group in 19:19. Bruce’s age grade of 82.9 (which is considered “national class”) for this race was the highest of all the participants.

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Triathlete CRR Sue Barton won the 60-69 women’s division in 35:29. CRR Bill Rose finished second in the men’s 60-69s, placing 20th overall in 21:12.

New CRR dean at UD

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photo of Bruce Weber and Bill Farquhar after the race

CRR Bill Farquhar has been named the new Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware, effective on November 1. Farquhar follows in a growing line of Creek Road Runners who have assumed high-ranking positions within the academic leadership of the First State’s flagship educational institution. With Farquhar’s new position, two of UD’s colleges will be led by Creek Road Runners, the other being CRR Bruce Weber, current Dean of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

These two academic leaders are also fast. Both were regulars in the teams that Creek Road Runners fielded in recent years past in the Delaware 4-Person Marathon Relay, including its winning marathon relay team in 2018.

CRR Eric Jacobson insists that this is “more evidence that UD leadership considers CRR membership and 5K times when selecting deans and [other high-level administrative positions].”

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Other UD leaders among Creek Road Runners have included CRR Charlie Riordan (former Vice President of Research, Scholarship and Innovation) and CRR Tom Apple (former Provost), both of whom were on the chemistry faculty.

“Bill Farquhar is the ideal person to build on the College of Health Sciences’ momentum and strong reputation as we develop new opportunities and innovations,” said UD president Dennis Assanis. ”A nationally respected researcher and scholar, he also brings a deep knowledge of our college and our University that will serve him well in this important role.”

From 2011-17, Farquhar served as chairperson of the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. A fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and fellow and vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), he also served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology and co-chaired ACSM’s World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and Vascular Health.

Congratulations from the global CRR community!

> See UD article on Farquhar being named dean