Reindeer Run & Romp 5K honors

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Darkness had complete sway in this local 5K, which benefits Special Olympics of Delaware. However, there were three bright spots among our contingent in the race this year, which took place on Friday, Nov. 30.

photo of Kyle Chappellphoto of Keith CrispinCRR Kyle Chappell turned in the best time among three Creek Road Runners who placed in their respective age groups. He came in 37th overall and third in the 55-59 age group in 20:32. CRR Keith Crispin placed third among the 50-54s, finishing 70th overall, in 22:08.

CRR Diane Kukich, who is coming off some minor foot injuries, won the 65-69 age group in a very respectable 25:11.

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Weber breaks 3 hours in Philly

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photo of Andrew Weber finishing 5KSpeedster CRR Andrew Weber, who will turn 40 next year, had been chipping away at the goal of running a marathon in under three hours. This past weekend, he accomplished that feat in the City of Brotherly Love, completing the Philadelphia Marathon in 2:59:15. He placed 337th overall out of the 9,509 finishers and 36th in the 35-39 age group.

Besides being a personal-best time for the marathon distance, Weber’s sub-3 finish qualified him for the Boston Marathon.

Well done!

Turkey Trot 10K, 5K winners

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The granddaddy of Newark road racing, the annual Turkey Trot 10K and 5K were contested on Saturday. There were five award winners among the Creek Road Runners.

photo of Christina Parsonsphoto of Steve TagueIn the 10K, CRR Christina Parsons won the 50-54 age group, finishing 40th overall out of 178 runners in 48:36. Parsons margin of victory in her age group was more than seven minutes! CRR Steve Tague, who finished 24th overall, ran a solid 44:37 and took second in the 55-59 age group.

photo of April AndersonIn the 5K, the honors go to two 70-and-over seniors, who each won this ever-thinning division. CRR Doug Ridge won in 28:28, and CRR April Anderson won in 42:12 (no doubt walking much of it).

photo of Doug RepettiThe fastest time among CRRs in the 5K belonged to CRR Doug Repetti, who ran a 27:05, taking second place among the 65-69s.

A well-deserved Thanksgiving meal goes to you five.

Robinson weighs in on Gritty

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photo of Philadelphia Flyers mascot, GrittyThe Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, has had its detractors lately. Here’s some of what CRR Matt Robinson, self-appointed CEO of Creek Road Runners, has to say about the wild-eyed, orange-haired dude on skates.

“In relation to a mascot being a part of the brand, there are many success stories of the use of a mascot as an attachment point for a franchise,” Robinson said. “See the Phillie Phanatic or, even more interesting, Mr. Celery with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.”

Robinson also pointed out the fun fact that the original Phillie Phanatic, [University of Delaware] grad David Raymond, was involved with Gritty’s design and implementation.

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Gelato Ten Miler melts a little

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OK, so the course along Creek Road in Newark had to be shortened a bit, race organizers say down to 9.65 miles because of some course deterioration. The Caffé Gelato Waffle Cone Ten Miler still presents a challenging but scenic course each year, a combination of creekside pavement and trails.

photo of Bruce WeberOn Sunday, CRR Bruce Weber placed 5th overall out of 188 finishers in 1:04:14. An unusually long course for this natural sprinter, Weber won his age group (50-59) and was the second master’s finisher.

photo of Bill RoseCRR Bill Rose finished just off the podium in the same age group, turning in a very respectable 1:07:47 while placing 13th.