Three CRRs pirate a good time in Florida

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photo of April AndersonCCR April Anderson and her husband, CCR Bruce Hubbard, ran the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K on February 22. Anderson wanted to try out the competition in her new age group (75-79) and got second out of 32 women, which, because she finished within the top 10 percent of her class, netted her a mug and a doubloon award. There were more than 10,600 participants in the 5K. Anderson’s time was 37:41 (37:01 chip).

She was aiming for something in the upper 35- or at least 36-minute range, but it was too crowded, especially at the beginning. Anderson reported that there were five corrals but (as is often the case) many of the runners did not go into the correct corral for their average speed and just stopped and walked in front of her, congesting the way and slowing her down. Hubbard’s finishing time was 42:57 (42:33 chip), slowed a bit by the same issue.

Anderson says, “I hope I can report a placing in the Shamrock Sports Fest in Virginia Beach. I bought a cool medal hanger with a picture of a long, rural road that says ‘There will be a day when I can no longer do this. Today is NOT that day.’ But, at 75, who knows!”

Arrrrr! CRR Rachel Mroz details her Gasparilla Half Marathon experience, which included nearly 4,200 other finishers:

Escaping the “winter” in Delaware to head to sunny Florida for a weekend? Sign me up! The Gasparilla Distance Classic is a weekend filled with four races—5K and15K on Saturday and Half Marathon and 8K on Sunday. Runners can opt for challenges by signing up for combos of the races. I just did the half. 

photo of the 2020 Gasparilla Half Marathon medalWhile not part of the Gasparilla pirate festival in Tampa, this race keeps with the pirate theme and has an awesome medal (don’t judge, but I only do races with good medals)! 

The run is very well organized, and the course is pancake flat with views of Hillsborough Bay along Bayshore Boulevard for 80 percent of the course. With the half marathon capped at 6,500 runners, the course never felt crowded. It was my first time doing the race, and I will definitely do it again and maybe try one of the challenges next year. 

The weather was perfect for running—51 degrees at the start with very low humidity. My chip time was 2:37:22 [2:42:41 gun], which I’m happy with, considering (1) the amount of training I put in (not extensive), (2) the stops along the course to take photos (including one with Chewbacca), and (3) just generally taking my time to enjoy the course and the views. Got a shout out from the finish-line announcer who corrected his pronunciation of Newark to “New-ark” as I was crossing the line. 

Runners are allowed to hang out in the Convention Center before the short walk to the start line, so that means a real restroom, a place to top off the phone battery, and a comfortable place to get some pre-race stretching done.

Can’t guarantee the perfect weather for next year, but if you want a super flat, fast course and to escape Delaware for a few days (maybe next year will be snowy?), this is a great race to do.

Our own elite runner

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With this post, our very own world-class runner, who grew up in Newark, Del., is officially recognized as a Creek Road Runner.

photo of Sam Parsons in CRR sweatshirtCRR 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.

CRR to take on NCAA-related voting role at UD

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photo of Avron AbrahamCRR Avron Abraham, University of Delaware faculty director of the Center for Academic Success and University Studies and a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, will assume the role as the University’s Faculty Athletic Representative, beginning in May 2020.

In this position, Abraham will become the the official voting delegate for the University on NCAA matters and works with UD’s Faculty Board on Athletics.

“I have served on the board for the past two years, where I have gained an appreciation of the time and effort that our student athletes invest to ensure their success both athletically and academically at the University of Delaware,” Abraham said. “It is my hope that, as the Faculty Athletic Representative working closely with the Faculty Athletic Board, we can help support our student athletes as they strive to meet their goals, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Abraham, who is not running anymore due to physical limitations, hosted Creek Road Runners’ once-upon-a-time-annual Lower Slower 10K social run.

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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.