Fast CRRs take to Main Street


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It was a good morning for racing—two lanes all to the runners in Newark in the 10th Annual Main Street Mile. There were many Creek Road Runners who participated, and a few of them turned in performances well worth mentioning (all chip times*).

photo of Andrew Weberphoto of Clark RidgeThe fastest of the CRRs was CRR Andrew Weber, who just edged out CRR Clark Ridge for both 6th place overall and 2nd among the 30-39 men. Weber ran a 5:06.2, just ahead of Ridge’s 5:07.0, in the field of hundreds of runners and walkers.

photo of Bruce Weberphoto of Diane KukichTwo CRRs won their respective age groups. In 13th place overall was CRR Bruce Weber, who ran a solid 5:22.2 to win the 50-59 age group. CRR Diane Kukich won her age group (60-69) in 7:12.6. These two winners posted wonderful age-graded scores in so doing. Weber’s 91.9 was the second highest among all competitors, and Kukich scored an impressive 87.0, fourth highest overall. (Scores from 90-100 are considered world class; 80-100 is considered national class.) By comparison, Andrew Weber’s score was 84.1, and Ridge’s was 83.9.

CRR Shawn Alexander had the fourth best time among CRRs, finishing in 6:12.6.

Lawson Schultz, teenage daughter of CRR Dave Schultz and CRR Christine Schultz, won the 14-19 age group.

*In all other events, gun times are used in reporting on

Footnotes: Spectators CRR Bruce Hubbard, who wore the original race T-shirt from the inaugural Main Street Mile contested 30 years ago, and CRR Mark Deshon reminisced about that race and their respective recent physical ailments. Fusion Fitness Center picked up this unique event in 2007 and has been its organizer for the past ten years.

Fischer going into UD Sports Hall of Fame


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photo of Jim Fischer tracksideThose of us who know former University of Delaware cross-country and track and field coach CRR Jim Fischer are indeed thinking how bittersweet an honor this must be for him to be told he’ll be so received by the same institution that five years ago took away from him the job he so loved.

Supremely respected in this community, Fischer will indeed be inducted into the University of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame class of 2016 on October 28, along with other UD sports greats, including Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco.

Congratulations, Coach. No one is worthier of this honor, for all you’ve done for so many over three decades of coaching. See Blue Hen Athletics story. See University of Delaware article.

Upcoming unique local races


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October and November bring cooler weather and some good opportunities for unique races—a one-mile dash down Main Street, 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:

10th Annual Main Street Mile
Saturday, October 1, starts at 9 a.m. (be at the starting line by 8:50)
on East Main Street (begins at east end)
Newark, Del.
> register online by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29

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!