with a Cherry Blossom on top

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photo of Diane Kukich outside Carpenter Sports BuildingCRR Diane Kukich has added to her growing list of accomplishments as a senior runner. On April 8, she ran another mega-race, the popular Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington, D.C., finishing in the top 25% among 16,670 finishers. She typically doesn’t do races of this length anymore, so this one was a challenge for her. She managed to run an ultra-consistent 8:34 pace throughout, finishing in 1:31:36 (a chip time of 1:25:43). This chip time placed her 5th among 65 runners in the 65-69 age group, behind competitors from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arizona. Her time age-graded at 80.95, which is considered “national class.”

Kukich currently holds Delaware state age-group records at the 5-mile (65-69) and 20K (50-54) distances.

Well done, Diane.

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Busy St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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There were several very different races this past weekend, at which some of our contingent participated.

photo of Bill Rosephoto of Theresa CannonIn the Beau Biden Foundation 10K cross-country race, there were two standouts. CRR Bill Rose finished 16th overall out of 231 finishers in 50:56. This was good enough to win the 50-59 age group. CRR Theresa Cannon took a third in the same age group, finishing in 1:06:58. Ms. Cannon, who has run the Boston Marathon 13 times, was recently inducted into the Pike Creek Valley Running Club’s Hall of Fame.

photo of Andrew WeberIn the Beau Biden 5K, CRR Andrew Weber finished 2nd overall our of 333 runners, winning his age group (30-39) in 20:49.

In Newark’s Get Lucky 5K, it was CRR Andrew Weber who finished 5th overall out of 155 runners and took 2nd among the 30-39s in 18:29. CRR Diane Kukich finished 29th overall, winning the 60-69 age group in 24:48. This time age graded to a 80.9, the highest such score of any of the participants.

In the state’s oldest race, the 55th running of the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, CRR Kevin McCooey finished in 2:07:53 (2:07:05 chip).

Well done, all!

“50 years later,” John Carlos to speak

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John Carlos photo collageNow called “The World’s Fastest Humanitarian,” Dr. John Carlos, who (along with Tommie Smith) shook the world at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City with his raised fist protest on the medal stand, will speak at the University of Delaware’s Trabant University Center Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.

Titled “Fifty Years Later ‘WE’ Still Raising Our Fists,” this event is a University of Delaware Black History Month lecture and is open to the public free of charge.

Carlos is a renowned former track and field athlete who was inducted in to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

At the height of the civil rights struggle in the USA, Dr. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics, when he and Smith took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement heard around the world.

Since 1968, Carlos has continued his life-long mission to improve human rights conditions and to increase changes for the success of our youth.

Racing, professional kudos

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Three Creek Road Runners are notable for recent achievements, two for racing and one professionally.

photo of Bill Farquharphoto of Keith CrispinAt the recent USA Track & Field Mid-Atlantic Region awards luncheon, CRR Bill Farquhar was honored for finishing tied for 3rd place in his age group (45-49) in the 2017 Grand Prix Road Series of races and finished 3rd in the 2017 Off-Road (i.e., cross country) Series. CRR Keith Crispin finished 3rd in the 50-54 age group in the Grand Prix Road Series. Both are members of the Pike Creek Valley Running Club.

photo of Dan WeileIn terms of professional accomplishments, University of Delaware professor and CRR Dan Weile has been named a 2018 Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for his work in the field of computational electromagnetics. He writes software to explain and simulate electromagnetic waves, which are patterns of interactions between charged particles.

This honor is only afforded to a tenth of a percent of IEEE’s voting membership worldwide. “To have the people who know the most about computational electromagnetics say that my work is important enough to be recognized in this way is a great honor,” Weile said.

Creek Road Runners salutes these three for their achievements!

Cold, cold Icicle results

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Once again this year, the runners at the Mayor’s Icicle Ten Miler in Wilmington got a 3.8-mile discount due to cold, icy conditions. Go figure. The race organizers again cut the course down last weekend to a 10K. Along with the Icicle race, there was also a Snowball 5K.

photo of Bruce Weberphoto of Steve TaguePlacing 19th overall out of 233 finishers was CRR Bruce Weber, who won the 55-59 age group and turned in a 41:00 10K time, remarkable given the super-cold temperatures. Placing third in that same age group was CRR Steve Tague, who ran a 46:42. Also noteworthy is that CRR Ryan German ran a 49:38.

photo of Holly Scottphoto of Theresa CannonOn the distaff side, Dover resident and CRR Holly Scott placed third among the 55-59s in 50:57.

In the Mayor’s Snowball 5K, CRR Theresa Kauffman won the 50-59s in 27:05, and she did do the second 5K loop as a “cool down” (literally).