I guess you know you’ve hit “the big time” when you’re quoted in the New York Times in an article related to running. Well, that just happened recently to one of our own in the NYT’s July 10 issue. Even though the article was about an elite runner named Kyle Merber, CRR Sam Parsons, a fellow running professional, weighed in on how Merber has helped many running communities, like the Boulder, Colo.–based Tinman Elite club for which Parsons runs.
So, it’s been relatively silent here at CreekRoadRunners.org since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped our region and the world. However, that doesn’t mean that runners have not found ways to adapt and stay in shape and, yes, even “compete” (For example, see the previous story, posted three months ago.)
Such is the case with CRR Diane Kukich, the Newark woman with the still-intact streak of more than 10,000 consecutive days of workouts, dating back some 30 years. So, it figures that, while not a fanatic racer, she would design ways to push herself and compete (against the clock) as one of the top masters females in the area.
Enter the Crush the Pandemic competition, organized by Tri-Sports Charitable Events. The competition involved ten 5Ks, all self-timed. Perfect for Kukich, who simply pushed herself while working this into her fitness routine.
And, voila! Kukich took home (er, was mailed) hardware for winning the female masters category with the fastest cumulative time (4:25:27) for her series of 5K runs. That equates to a 26:33 average per 5K—not bad for anyone, let alone someone in the 65-69 age bracket.
Such a unique concept and award. Hopefully, we won’t have to see such a thing become the norm.
Stay healthy, and keep running.
Andrew Hally, a Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) School grad and senior runner for the University of Pennsylvania, was not going to allow the coronavirus to keep him down, despite the track season’s cancellation. So, he came up with a monumental idea to close out his final year of running at Penn—design and run his own marathon course in the streets of Philadelphia.
The inspiring story was covered recently on Philly’s 6ABC News. It is of note for more than just the finishing ribbon with attached bottle of hand sanitizer that his sister gave him upon completing the 26.2-mile course. One of Hally’s support crew in his marathon effort was UPenn track teammate Alex Roth (far left in photo above), son of our own CRR Charlie Roth.
With this post, our very own world-class runner, who grew up in Newark, Del., is officially recognized as a Creek Road Runner.
CRR Sam Parsons, shown here giving his genuine thumbs-up to our association while wearing the classic CRR sweatshirt, is a professional runner with Colorado-based Tinman Elite who has been a force to be reckoned with on the track since his high school days at The Tatnall School. In 2018, he became the first Delaware native to break the coveted 4-minute mark in the mile run.
Past posts have highlighted his rise to the international stage.
Parsons is the son of Newark residents CRR George Parsons and CRR Christina Parsons.
In an unusual juxtaposition, winter brought two Creek Road Runners with the same last name side by side for an indoor treadmill workout at the Carpenter Sports Building (a.k.a. the Little Bob) on the University of Delaware campus last Thursday. CRR Bruce Weber and CRR Andrew Weber (no relation) were seen going toe-to-toe, stride-for-stride.
This was somewhat unusual because the two are almost never competing in the same race. While both are fast and continue to win their respective age groups locally, the elder Weber is a track guy who specializes in the shorter-distance races (still doing 5Ks in the 19-minute range), while the younger Weber likes and excels at distances over 10K. Each has participated in winning races at the Delaware Marathon Festival recently, Andrew winning the 2018 Delaware Half-Marathon and Bruce running a leg on Creek Road Runners winning relay teams in both 2018 and 2019.
So, who won this treadmill dual? Depends on which Weber you ask.