Webers go toe-to-toe, stride-for-stride

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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.

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Bruce Weber and Andrew Weber working out indoors

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.

Odd winter duathlon?

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Having no idea if last Saturday’s Special Olympics Delaware–sponsored 5K Run to the Plunge in Rehoboth Beach was just the first leg of a “run-and-chill” duathlon or not, it is worth mentioning that there were two Creek Road Runners who placed (at least in the 5K race).

photo of Doug Repettiphoto of Joe DombroskiShowing no signs of letting up even though he’s the oldest in his age group, CRR Doug Repetti placed first among the 65-69 contingent in 25:06. Taking a third place in the 60-64s was a notable podium finish for CRR Joe Dombroski. Dombroski’s chip time placed him third, but his 25:48 gun time, which is what Creek Road Runners reports, means that he was actually the second—by a second—to cross the finish line among his age group.

We hope neither got too wet or too cold.

Robinson named to national board

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photo of Matt RobinsonCRR Matt Robinson, self-proclaimed CEO of Creek Road Runners and professor of sport management at the University of Delaware, has been named to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Science Board by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. This council is made up of academic and medical experts who will provide a solid scientific foundation in youth sports research.

You go, Matt!

Still classy, still National Class

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Age-grading for us seniors is the big playing-field leveler and often reveals some important clues as to how well some Creek Road Runners are still racing.

On the Saturday before Christmas, at the local White Claw-mas 8K (close metric equivalent to a 5-mile run), there were two standouts among our contingent.

photo of Bruce WeberCRR Bruce Weber and CRR Diane Kukich placed first and second overall (out of 609 runners), respectively, in terms of age grading (scoring based on one’s time relative to the world record at that distance for one’s age). Weber scored an 82.5, and Kukich was close behind with 82.3. That, folks, is what is considered “National Class” (anything in the 80s). The two have been racing consistently with results like this for several years. There was only one other racer at this event who had an age-grading score in this range.

In terms of time, the 58-year-old Weber, a track runner at heart, placed 7th overall and won his 10-year age group in 31:05. The 67-year-old Kukich placed 123rd and took second among her respective age-group peers in 41:10.

Bravo!

Wringing out the old, 21st edition

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“Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” began inauspiciously 20 years ago on Dec. 31. The 21st running was an interesting one in that there were several ideas of how to run the course among the 12 participants (and two canine entrants).

photo at the start of the 2019 trail run

A fun time was had by all. Two runners (CRR Michael Chajes and CRR Luke Nigro) took part for the first time. This year’s event was organized by CRR Bill Rose and featured refreshments at the end of the run.

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