Webers shine in recent local races

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photo of Bruce Weber finishing race

Making great strides (no pun intended) recently in lowering his 5K times, 57-year-old CRR Bruce Weber punched through the 19-minute threshold in the 10th Annual Cindy Foundation Ovarian Cancer Research 5K in Wilmington, held on September 23.

Weber’s time was 18:43, just a couple seconds over a 6-minute-per-mile pace, lopping off nearly 45 seconds in his 5K times since early summer! He placed second overall and was the first masters finisher in this lightly contested race.

photo of Andrew Weber in Lederhosen Half MarathonIn Newark’s inaugural Lederhosen Half Marathon last Saturday, 38-year-old CRR Andrew Weber blitzed the course that covered most of the city, having to follow only a motorcycle and/or cyclist marshal, in 1:22:22. The younger Weber (no relation) won the race outright among 352 finishers.

photo of Doug RepettiAlso competing in the Lederhosen Half were two other Creek Road Runners. CRR Doug Repetti, who took 3rd in the 60-69 age group in 1:54:45, finished 59th overall and was 18th among 56 masters runners. photo of Julie BrewerOn the women’s side, CRR Julie Brewer was 90th out of 226 women finishers and the 30th masters woman out of 110, clocking in at 2:19:23.

photo of Diane Kukich and Rachel StricklandTwo others, CRR Diane Kukich and CRR Rachel Strickland, got into the act as volunteer bicycle-riding course marshals.

And on this bright, beautiful fall morning, CRR Mark Deshon got to watch the race roll right by his house and cheer on the competitors.

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Race results from last weekend

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A couple Creek Road Runners had unique experiences in two races on September 15.

photo of Dave SchultzCRR Dave Schultz traveled just north of New York City to run the Shawangunk Ridge Trail Half-Marathon—a grueling 13.1 miles over rugged mountain terrain. The race website bills it as “an adventurous trail with scrambles and squeezes.” Well, it about squeezed every bit of energy out of the 52-year-old Schultz, who didn’t expect it to be quite as menacing. Beginning in Minnewaska State Park and ending in Rosedale, N.Y., he completed the course in just over three hours (3:01:45), finishing 19th overall (13th male finisher) and winning the men’s 50-59 age group.

photo of Bruce WeberRight here in Wilmington, CRR Bruce Weber had a very different experience, as he won the inaugural Last Alarm 5K, during which he figures he only ran about 4.67K. Though he had a significant lead over the second-place runner, Weber followed the lead of the city policeman’s motorcycle, who was leading the way but made a 180-degree turnaround too early in the middle of the race. So much for course management. Weber clocked in at 17:42 but figures he would have been closer to 19 flat and would have won anyway had he actually run 5K.

Kaliakin does more… and more

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photo of Dima Kaliakin during Viaduct Ultra 100

Dima Kaliakin makes it look like running ultras is fun.

Not one to rest on his earlier ultra-exploits this summer, CRR Dimitri (“Dima”) Kaliakin, son of CRR Vic Kaliakin, competed in two more grueling endurance events.

On July 28 at 5 a.m., Kaliakin hit the starting line to compete in the Viaduct Trail Ultra 100 miler in Lanesboro in northeastern Pennsylvania. The rail-trail course comprised four laps of a 25-mile out-and-back route. There were 19 (17 men and 2 women) who began the event; eleven (10 men and one woman) finished. Kaliakin was second among those who completed the event, finishing 41 minutes after midnight on July 29—a time of 19 hours, 41 minutes. Even father Vic got a good workout, bicycling alongside his son for 30 of the miles.

On Sept. 2 of Labor Day weekend, Kaliakin competed in the Labor Pains 12-Hour Endurance Trail Run in Reading, Pa. This trail course consisted of a 5-mile loop including steep uphills and downhills done multiple times. The 23-year-old Kaliakin completed 13 laps within the 12-hour limit, covering 65 miles, finishing second overall out of 400 runners. His official time for those 13 laps was 11:11:38. Note: runners were not allowed out on another loop if they would not be able to finish the loop within the 12-hour total time limit.

Well done, but yikes!

West Coast visitor, longtime CRR

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photo of Bill Rose and Dan SimmonsCRR Dan Simmons (right in photo) was spotted by CRR Bill Rose (left in photo) working out in the Carpenter Sports Building gym at the University of Delaware on Sept 4.

Dan and his wife, Sue, are on an East Coast trip, visiting family and friends. After Dan retired from UD’s biology department in 2014, they moved to California. They are healthy, doing well, and enjoying traveling, to such exotic locales as Alaska, Australia, Bordeaux, Sicily, and…to Rehoboth Beach this coming Saturday, where Dan plans to run the 42nd Annual Bottle and Cork Ten Miler. Welcome back, Dan, and good luck!

Weber goes lower, as in faster

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Was it the slightly cooler weather? Was it a net downhill? Are his treadmill workouts actually giving him an edge?

photo of Bruce WeberWhatever the key was, 58-year-old CRR Bruce Weber shaved significant seconds off of his typically fast (mid-19s) 5K times this past weekend at the Brew Works 5K in Wilmington. Placing second overall and taking the prize for the top master’s runner, Weber ran a 19:08, having been bested only by former University of Delaware standout Pat Boettcher, who is many years Weber’s junior.

Expect a great autumn racing year for this fast-twitch CRR.