Result of May madness in Switzerland


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photo of Martin Wolfer during the SOLA relay

Martin Wolfer competing four years ago in this same event.

Back on May 5, our European representative, CRR Martin Wolfer, competed in a rather unique cross-country relay in the Switzerland—the SOLA-Stafette, a favorite of his near where he lives that he has run annually for several decades. His team finished 11th of 944 relay teams. He provided the details below.

Here are his explanation of the race and the results for his team.

“The name of the race is ‘SOLA-Stafette.’ The name SOLA (‘sun’) originates in Sweden, where in 1967 they organized a relay with that name, from Göteborg to Karlstadt. In Zürich, it was held for the first time in 1972. I [first] participated in 1978…. I [have now] started 36 times in this event.

“In the [map below], you see that the race is located around Zürich [the city at the head of the lake]. The changing points are chosen such that they can be easily reached by public transportation. The overall distance is 114 km, split into 14 [unequal and non-conventional distance] legs.

map of the SOLA-Stafette relay in Switzerland

“In the result sheet for our team [below], you see the distances in kilometers and the altitude-meters (hm) that had to be run (meters of rise in altitude, not the difference between start and finish). My leg was the third to last [leg 12, marked as such on the map above], where men over 50 and women are allowed to take a shortcut. The distance for me was 5.83 km with 75 hm of altitude (not the regulation and listed 6.91 km with 125 hm).”

Team result with Martin Wolfer’s stage results highlighted

“The first column (‘Rang’) shows the individual rank, with ‘Zeit’ [being] the time and ‘Rückstand’ the time behind the best runner on that particular leg.
The ‘Rang’ in the second column is the rank of the team after that leg, with the overall time and the time behind the first team.”

Martin ran 23:02 for his leg, which equates to a 19:45 cross-country 5K. Pretty complicated relay, but it’s clear that Wolfer, who had held Delaware resident age-group records in both the 5K and the marathon back in the late 1980s (when he trained here on Creek Road), is still enjoying the sport and running strong.



Fond farewell to Creek Road for Pusecker


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On Monday, several Creek Road Runners gathered for a fun 5K down Creek Road in honor of CRR Paul Pusecker, whose time at the University of Delaware is ending this week. Several also gathered afterward for a lunch with him at the Deer Park Tavern.

photo of Pusecker Farewell 5K participants

Joining Paul Pusecker (in green shirt) for his farewell 5K were Vic Kaliakin, Mark Deshon, Bill Rose, Jeff Chase, Jordan Deshon, Rick Andrews, Julie Brewer, Steve Goodwin, Flora Poindexter, Avron Abraham, and Bruce Weber.

photo of Paul Pusecker finishingPusecker, who has served as senior chief business officer for the University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences since 2001, will join St. Mary’s College of Maryland on July 1 as the public honors college’s vice president for business and finance/chief financial officer. Before coming to UD, Pusecker retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel after more than 20 years of active duty service.

Pusecker has been a “regular” runner out on Creek Road for the 17 years he’s been on campus, along with small group of UD running companions who had popularized the “Lower Slower” and “Chateau Country” runs that were annual staples back in the day. More recently, he’s taken up bicycling to augment his fitness regimen. He will be missed out on Creek Road.

Son of CRRs in USATF 5000m championship


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photo of Sam Parsons in the East Region 10K in Jacksonville, Fla.Recently turned professional Sam Parsons, Newark native and son of CRR George Parsons and CRR Christina Parsons, will be competing in the 5000m race at the USATF Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend. You can catch the action on Sunday on NBC, the telecast beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT).

See recent News Journal article on Parsons, who ran for The Tatnall School locally and North Carolina State while in college. Parsons still holds the Delaware high school record in the 3200m.

We’re sure mom and dad are very proud!

Editor’s note: Parsons led the race with 800m to go but finished 8th in the race, a mere six seconds behind the winner.

50-year-olds continue to dominate



Coming off an impressive performance in the Delaware Marathon relay earlier in the spring, Creek Road Runners in, shall we say, the “graying” age groups are still doing well in local races.

photo of Bruce WeberIn the RED Run 5K in Wilmington on June 16, 57-year-old CRR Bruce Weber turned in another mid-19s race with a 19:28 in winning the 50-59 age group. Weber finished 4th overall out of 265 runners.

photo of Bill RoseIn the XTERRA Big Elk Trail Run 10K, 59-year-old CRR Bill Rose placed 3rd overall out of 66 runners, clocking a 46:49. This was a super time for a trail race, but then Rose has had plenty of practice at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, where the race was held, albeit in much colder weather.

Coaching Couch to 5K


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photo of Diane Kukich runningCRR Diane Kukich was recently written up as part of an article on the University of Delaware’s first completed “Couch to 5K” program for employees. Kukich is an RRCA-certified running coach who currently holds two Delaware state age-group records—the 20K (50-54, 1:30:56) and the 5 mile (65-69, 39:41).

Kukich will be starting a Couch to 5K program in the fall at UD, turning yet another cadre of so-called “couch potatoes” into capable joggers/runners.

CRR Beth Finkle, UD’s director of Health and Wellbeing, was also mentioned in the article.