“50 years later,” John Carlos to speak

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John Carlos photo collageNow called “The World’s Fastest Humanitarian,” Dr. John Carlos, who (along with Tommie Smith) shook the world at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City with his raised fist protest on the medal stand, will speak at the University of Delaware’s Trabant University Center Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.

Titled “Fifty Years Later ‘WE’ Still Raising Our Fists,” this event is a University of Delaware Black History Month lecture and is open to the public free of charge.

Carlos is a renowned former track and field athlete who was inducted in to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

At the height of the civil rights struggle in the USA, Dr. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics, when he and Smith took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement heard around the world.

Since 1968, Carlos has continued his life-long mission to improve human rights conditions and to increase changes for the success of our youth.

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Racing, professional kudos

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Three Creek Road Runners are notable for recent achievements, two for racing and one professionally.

photo of Bill Farquharphoto of Keith CrispinAt the recent USA Track & Field Mid-Atlantic Region awards luncheon, CRR Bill Farquhar was honored for finishing tied for 3rd place in his age group (45-49) in the 2017 Grand Prix Road Series of races and finished 3rd in the 2017 Off-Road (i.e., cross country) Series. CRR Keith Crispin finished 3rd in the 50-54 age group in the Grand Prix Road Series. Both are members of the Pike Creek Valley Running Club.

photo of Dan WeileIn terms of professional accomplishments, University of Delaware professor and CRR Dan Weile has been named a 2018 Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for his work in the field of computational electromagnetics. He writes software to explain and simulate electromagnetic waves, which are patterns of interactions between charged particles.

This honor is only afforded to a tenth of a percent of IEEE’s voting membership worldwide. “To have the people who know the most about computational electromagnetics say that my work is important enough to be recognized in this way is a great honor,” Weile said.

Creek Road Runners salutes these three for their achievements!

Cold, cold Icicle results

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Once again this year, the runners at the Mayor’s Icicle Ten Miler in Wilmington got a 3.8-mile discount due to cold, icy conditions. Go figure. The race organizers again cut the course down last weekend to a 10K. Along with the Icicle race, there was also a Snowball 5K.

photo of Bruce Weberphoto of Steve TaguePlacing 19th overall out of 233 finishers was CRR Bruce Weber, who won the 55-59 age group and turned in a 41:00 10K time, remarkable given the super-cold temperatures. Placing third in that same age group was CRR Steve Tague, who ran a 46:42. Also noteworthy is that CRR Ryan German ran a 49:38.

photo of Holly Scottphoto of Theresa CannonOn the distaff side, Dover resident and CRR Holly Scott placed third among the 55-59s in 50:57.

In the Mayor’s Snowball 5K, CRR Theresa Kauffman won the 50-59s in 27:05, and she did do the second 5K loop as a “cool down” (literally).

New Year’s Eve day annual trail run

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photo of Bob Bennett with event T-shirt

CRR Bob Bennett promos the course with the 10th Anniversary t-shirt.

New Year’s Eve day is less than three weeks away. That means it’s time to start planning for the 19th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run, to take place at 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 31, at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, just over the state line in Maryland.

We’d kind of like to know ahead of time who will be participating this year, to help us better plan for the numbers. No, there won’t be a giveaway T-shirt this year, but we will do some kind of random giveaway to a lucky first-timer. Not familiar with the run? Check it out!

New start time this year: 12 noon! (So, don’t show up at 9 a.m., unless you want to wait three hours out in the cold or warm up with a rather quick marathon.) Woo-hoo! Should be warmer by noon.

So, shoot Mark Deshon an email to let him know you’re interested in the run, and he’ll be in touch.