A big loss for the running community

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photo of Doug White

photo of Doug White by Lee Kauffman

Though not officially a Creek Road Runner, area running icon Doug White had no doubt put in several trips up and down our hallowed home course. White, who is a veteran of more than 80 marathons, including 43 consecutive Boston Marathons, died yesterday of a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Monday.

Creek Road Runners co-founders CRR Bob Bennett and CRR Mark Deshon remember those heady days in the 80s when competition with Doug White in local races was fierce but friendly. Bennett recalls the 1980 Turkey Trot 10K in Newark, when he passed both White and Deshon on the final straightaway for his 34:01 PR on that course at age 39, the only time he ever bested White. Deshon fondly remembers shadowing White along Montchanin Road at age 29 during the 1986 Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, on his way to a 1:15:02 time on the old course. White was a long-term member of the Pike Creek Valley Running Club and a 2011 inductee of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.

photo of votive candleSee story in the News Journal for wonderful bio and funeral information.

We pay tribute here to a great runner and a wonderful Delaware ambassador for running. May he rest in peace and his family gain solace from the outpouring of love from the Delaware running community.

Riordan will shine

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photo of Charlie RiordanCharlie runs on Dunkin’Congratulations to CRR Charlie Riordan who was just appointed Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation at the University of Delaware. These three areas certainly cover a lot of ground on campus. We know that Charlie will shine; the question is… Will he still run? Could depend a lot on corporate sponsorship (see image at right), although with his new position, we imagine a bit of a bump in that category too. See you on Creek Road, Charlie.

Helping lead the reindeer

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photo of Keith Crispinkukich2You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Kukich and Donner and Crispin.

This year’s annual Reindeer Run 5K, a unique Friday evening race in Newark to kick off the holiday season, saw two Creek Road Runners take age group wins. CRR Keith Crispin finished 21st overall out of 1,168 participants, taking the 45-49 age group in a fast 18:21. CRR Diane Kukich finished 129th, winning the 60-64 age group in 23:48. Up, up, and away!

Thanksgiving calories burned

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Several Creek Road Runners took to burning calories by racing over the Thanksgiving week, some prior to the feast, some a couple days after. Here are the ones who came away with good performances.

kukich2In the Run for Pie 5K in Newark on Thanksgiving morning, CRR Diane Kukich won her age group (60-69) in a solid 23:47. CRR Bill Farquhar placed 2nd in the 40-49s with a 21:43, a mere warmup to what he would do two days later. CRR Theresa Kauffman placed 3rd in the 50-59s in 26:04.

photo of Bruce WeberIn Wilmington, the bigger races were taking place. In the PNC Bank 5K, CRR Bruce Weber took first place among the 55-59s in a fast 18:55. CRR Ann Jornlin placed 2nd in the 60-64s with a 25:48. In the 10K, CRR Doug Repetti got on the podium for a 3rd place finish among the 65-69s, finishing in 52:34.

photo of Bill FarquharOn Saturday at the Delaware Open XC Championships, in a grueling 5K, CRR Bill Farquhar placed 8th overall in the Men’s Masters race and 5th in his age group (40-49) in a brilliant 19:28—super fast for that course! CRR Keith Crispin placed 14th overall and 9th in the same age group with a very good 20:39. Earlier this year both runners helped the CRR team break three hours in the Delaware Marathon Four-Person Relay.

Great job, everyone.

Weile doubles his pleasure

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photo of Dan WeileSaturday was a glorious day for racing (or pretty much any activity) in Newark. CRR Dan Weile took full advantage of the sunshine and mild temperatures during the 44th annual Turkey Trot, winning his age group (40-44) in the 10K and placing 3rd among his age-group peers in the 5K (just for a cool-down, we suppose). He was the 25th finisher (out of 185) in the 10K in 43:25 and 31st overall (out of 525 participants) in the 5K in 21:59, both solid times.

photo of Doug RepettiOther award winners in the 10K included CRR Doug Repetti, who won his age group (65-69) in 53:20, and CRR Teresa Kauffman, who placed 2nd in her age group (50-54) in 53:58.

taggartComing off heart surgery early this year, CRR Bob Taggart won his age group (75-79) in the 5K in 30:03. A 5K footnote—had CRR Mark Deshon actually registered for the race (he only did three of the 3.1 miles), he would have won his age group (60-64) by about three minutes.

A special shout-out to CRR Andy Haines (30-34), who ran the 10K in 57:46.