Annual Dec. 31 trail run cancelled


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photo of Vic Kaliakin finishingCreek Road Runners’ popular annual New Year’s Eve day event—the “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area—has been cancelled as a prudent response to the surging coronavirus pandemic.

Event organizer CRR Bill Rose fully expects that next year we’ll be able to hold this event for the 22nd time.

In the meantime, we hope that, while awaiting an available vaccine, all of you will stay safe and healthy, especially now that you have a year and three weeks to train for next year’s run at Fair Hill.

As CRR Vic Kaliakin implies here, hats off to all you Creek Road Runners, both near and far, for a happy holiday season and a better new year in 2021!

Virtual UD Homecoming 5K


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Recently, the University of Delaware held its annual Homecoming 5K, though the competition itself was an individual thing due to the coronavirus pandemic and its associated local restrictions on large gatherings.

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Two Creek Road Runners continue to put together good 5K efforts. Placing second and third overall, respectively, were CRR Bruce Weber and CRR Bill Rose. Though socially distant, their times were separated by only a minute, Weber notching a 19:53 and Rose coming in at 20:53.

Out of the 109 runners, two other CRRs ran as well. CRR Diane Kukich posted a 26:42, finishing 15th overall and 4th among the women. CRR Julie Brewer was 26th overall with a 28:50.

Virtual winners


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photo of Bruce Weberphoto of Bill RoseCRR Bruce Weber and CRR Bill Rose have been 5K competitors in the senior brackets for the past several years, but they probably hadn’t faced off virtually until two weekends ago. Well, they both went at it, albeit in different locations at different times, in the Blue Hens Virtual 5K.

Luckily, they were also in different age groups for this “race”—Weber, the younger of the two, in the rather unique 46-59 group and Rose in the 60-and-overs. Each won his respective age group.

Blue Hen Virtual 5K and 1-mile Fun Run logoWeber, running at the Wilmington Friends School track, came in at 20:42, while Rose, running at the McKean High School track, was just 17 seconds back in 20:59. Each had no real competition within his own age category, so it is only fitting that their times should be so close.

Guys, we trust that you either had accurate watches or that someone else was timing. In any case, well done!

Half of New England, three New England halfs


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photo of Dave SchultzYou might also call it “Dave’s excellent adventure.”

There’s nothing like running on vacation trips in beautiful locations. But three half-marathon distances in ten days? That’s a bit on the crazy side, but CRR Dave Schultz seemed to have a good time anyway.

graphic map of northern New England showing locations of 3 runsSchultz’s adventure began on August 2, during which he completed a 13.1-mile distance while running from West Peabody, Mass., to Salem, Mass., and back in a time of 1 hour and 57 minutes.

Next up—beautiful Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. Beginning in Bar Harbor on August 8, Schultz did a mostly-trail run through the park. By his own admission, the time was slow (2 hours and 44 minutes), but, hey, it was a trail run in and he put in an extra half mile or so (13.7 mi.).

After visiting the White Mountains in New Hampshire and hiking up and down the 6,288-ft. Mt. Washington, Schultz completed his New England half-marathon trifecta on August 11 in Nashua, N.H., covering a 13.3-mi. distance in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Quite the accomplishment and quite the stamina! Well done.

So, what did you do on your summer vacation?

New Delaware outdoor mile record set


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News Journal photo of Kieran Tuntivate4:02:21 is now the official outdoor mile record in Delaware. This mark was set on the track at St. Mark’s High School this past Saturday by recent Harvard grad and Charter School of Wilmington alum Kieran Tuntivate in a special event meant to help eclipse four-minute mile barrier for the first time on Delaware soil. Unfortunately, Tuntivate fell just short of the intended goal.

But Tuntivate wasn’t disappointed. He hopes to catch on with a professional team this fall and step up his training, with an eye toward representing Thailand in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. “It would have meant a lot,” Tuntivate said. “The one thing I’ll say is it’s gonna happen eventually. If it’s me or someone else, it’s fun to be part of the group that’s trying to get it done in Delaware.”

Tuntivate had already two sub-4 miles, including a personal-best 3:57.36 indoors in February and a 3:57.87 outdoors just a week ago, on Aug. 15 in Nashville. He knew he was in shape to do it again, and he knew it had never been done before in Delaware.

Tuntivate has been one of Delaware’s brightest stars on the college running scene lately. photo of Sam ParsonsComing on the heels of a stellar college career and early professional racing success by Newark’s CRR Sam Parsons (read about Sam’s accomplishments), the former Charter School of Wilmington sensation put up some impressive numbers while running for the Harvard Crimson. He was an All-American at Harvard, where he holds school records in the mile, 3,000 and 10,000 meters. He won five Ivy League titles, gaining national attention in 2019 after earning an Ivy 3,000 crown despite running most of the race without his left shoe.

photo of Bruce WeberBased on the aforementioned milestones, former Harvard runner and CRR Bruce Weber calls Tuntivate “the best Harvard distance runner ever.” He added, “I thought Kieran’s results eclipsed [those of] Adam Dixon (’82-83), who won multiple Heps championships in track and made the 1984 Olympic Trials final in the 1,500. [Tuntivate] set the American record in the 1,000 meters, and that time—2:19.8—may be the best record at the school.” Weber should know, as the 1984 grad once held both Harvard’s two-mile and 3,000m records.

photo of Jim BrayThe fastest mile time run in Delaware (4:01.1, by a West Virginia runner) occurred way back in 1971 at an indoor meet at the University of Delaware Fieldhouse. Notably, CRR Jim Bray, who ran for Newark High School, once held the Delaware scholastic mile record for an astonishing 28 years before it was broken in 1999.

The world record in the mile is still a mind-boggling 3:43.13, set by Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj in 1999.

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