Upcoming unique local races

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October and November bring cooler weather and some good opportunities for unique races—a rare 15K (with post-race party), two golf-course 5Ks, a road/trail 10-miler (with post-race brunch), and the hardest road 5K in Delaware (with post-race lunch buffet). Here’s the rundown of these Creek Road Runner–recommended events:

34th Annual Delaware Distance Classic 15K and 5K
Sunday, October 9, starts at 9 a.m.
Delaware City, Del.
> register online

Habitat for Humanity’s Run the Rock 5K, benefits Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
Saturday, October 22, starts at 9 a.m.
at Rock Manor Golf Club
Wilmington, Del.
> online info and registration

Caffé Gelato Waffle Cone Ten Miler, benefits ministries of the Friendship House
Sunday, October 30, starts at 9 a.m.
on Creek Road
Newark, Del.
> register online

Rock N Roll 5K (featuring Club Phred), benefits Newark Area Welfare Committee
Saturday, November 5, starts at 3 p.m.
at Newark Country Club
Newark, Del.
> online info and registration

17th Annual Scott Mackler 5K (in memory of CRR Scott Mackler), benefits ALS research
Sunday, November 6, starts at 12:30 p.m.
at Temple Beth El
Newark, Del.
> register online

The (tropical) fruit of her labors

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kukich2She loves racing, particularly when there are no men around (just kidding). CRR Diane Kukich won the 60-64 age group in the Women’s Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K in Wilmington yesterday, finishing 22nd overall out of 448 runners in 24:48. For her troubles, she won a pineapple. Here’s hoping the fruit of her labors tastes as sweet as another age-group victory.

Kukich nears impressive feat

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video screenshot of Diane Kukich from Wilmington News JournalWhen CRR Diane Kukich commits to something, she seriously commits. For much of her adult life she has kept fit by working out, by exercising in one form or another—either walking, running, swimming, or biking. Now she’s approaching an impressive, and somewhat unimaginable, milestone. Kukich is closing in on 10,000 consecutive days of exercise—that’s about 27 years and 4 months, day in and day out. See videoread full story (including quotes from CRR Steve Goodwin and an inspirational nod to CRR Cole Galloway).

Kukich still holds the Delaware state resident record for the 50-54 age group at the 20K distance (set in 2002 – see state records held by Creek Road Runners).

You go, girl!

Three CRRs conquer Top of Delaware

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photo of Doug Repetti at Top of Delaware Triathlon 2016Today, three Creek Road Runners fared well in the Top of Delaware multi-sport events, held at the Newark Reservoir.

In a total time of 1:20:59, CRR Doug Repetti was the top competitor in the 65-69 age group, coming in 73rd overall out of 224 in the Top of Delaware Sprint Triathlon, a stiff test in summer heat and humidity. Repetti exited the water after the 1/4-mile swim in 14:44, covered the 11.4-mile hilly bike course in 35:07 (~19.5 mph), and finished off with the 2.6-mile run (up the Reservoir approach road, a wooded loop, the Reservoir loop, down the approach road, and up the steep side of the Reservoir hill) in 28:50.

photo of Sue Barton at Top of Delaware Triathlon 2016Coming out of the water ahead of Repetti time-wise was CRR Sue Barton, who was also the top competitor in her age group (55-59), finishing 77th overall in 1:22:11. She swam the quarter mile in 12:00, did the bike leg in 38:51 (~17.6 mph), and finished with a 29:00 run leg. Barton was the 13th female overall.

photo of Rich Braun at Top of Delaware Duathlon 2016In the Sprint Duathlon, CRR Rich Braun (having eschewed the swim for an additional run leg) was the second finisher in the 55-59 age group and 14th overall out of 45 competitors. He completed the duathlon course in 1:15:19. Braun was 23rd on each of the first and third legs (1.5-mile run in 10:56; 2.6-mile run in 26:46), but blasted the bike leg in 35:10 (~19.5 mph), 8th among all duathlon competitors.

Congratulations! The three of you made us Creek Road Runners proud.

Goody in Rio

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photo of Steve Goodwin at Olympic Games in Rio

CRR Steve Goodwin sits among Delaware supporters at a USA women’s Olympic team basketball game.

goodwinFirst-person accounts are essential, so CRR Steve Goodwin provides a glimpse of his experiences so far at the Olympic Games in Rio.

“I have gotten a few runs in along the beach in Mangaratiba and Sao Paulo. There is an incredibly steep and long hill; I am going to try to conquer it tomorrow. I did about 80%. It is easily the steepest hill I have ever run and it is about 1/5 of a mile. Brutal! Charlie [CRR Charlie Riordan] may not even like this one!

“We have also played soccer a number of times, including on Copacabana Beach. It was a real international affair with players from Brazil, USA, Mexico, and Finland. Enjoying the Games. Going to beach volleyball tomorrow. Have already seen the Women’s basketball (saw USA and Elena [Delle Donne]), men’s soccer, and team handball. We [will be] going to track and field, badminton, and the women’s soccer semis. Tickets are inexpensive and readily available.”

Photo provided by CRR Eric Jacobson.