CRRs tackle 56th Caesar Rodney half

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Caesar Rodney race logo 2019Of the 661 finishers in this year’s running of the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, the oldest of all road races in Delaware, four senior Creek Road Runners competed in this, the 56th edition, contested on March 24 in Wilmington.

photo of Doug Repettiphoto of Holly ScottIn order of finish, 68-year-old CRR Doug Repetti clocked a 1:56:18 (1:55:52 chip), finishing 7th among the 65-59s; 58-year-old CRR Holly Scott turned in a 1:56:24 (1:55:06 chip), finishing 6th in her five-year age group; 56-year-old CRR Theresa Kauffman finished in 2:02:47 (2:02:12 chip); and 61-year-old CRR Kevin McCooey crossed the line in 2:08:51 (2:08:04 chip). Congratulations to each.


It was 31 years ago, during the 25th annual Caesar Rodney, that a team of seven Creek Road Runners took second place in the corporate team competition. That day in 1988 on the old (more hilly) course, CRRs were led by the second-place finish of CRR Martin Wolfer. The other four scoring members on the team were CRR Bob Taggart, CRR Mark Deshon, CRR Jim Fischer, and CRR Steve Cottrell. Each finished in under 80 minutes, which would have placed all five scorers in the top 11 of this year’s race. Yeah, we were all younger and faster back then.

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Smelling like a rose in Luck of the Irish

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photo of Bill RoseIn his first race in the 60-69 age group, CRR Bill Rose didn’t need much luck, as he easily won the group in the Luck of the Irish 10 Miler in Phoenixville, Pa., on St. Patrick’s Day. Rose finished 17th overall in 1:12:14.

Welcome to the over-60 club, Bill!

Farquhar pumping with adrenaline

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Each year, the Haddonfield (N.J.) Adrenaline 5K draws serious competitors from all over the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. This year’s race, contested on Saturday, March 16, was no exception.

photo of Bill FarquharTimes were fast, really fast. So fast, in fact, that 50-year-old CRR Bill Farquhar finished in 68th place overall. His time was a super 17:45 (17:42 chip), which gave him a well-deserved age-group (50-54) win in a major race.

Well done, Bill!

39-year-old Tim Hodson, son of the late CRR Robert Hodson, finished 7th among his age-group peers in a commendable 19:26. There were 984 finishers.

Parsons über alles

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photo of Christina ParsonsSam Parsons, a professional runner from Newark, Del., and son of CRR Christina Parsons and CRR George Parsons, won the 3,000m indoor German National Championship in Leipzig on Saturday. Parsons, who has dual citizenship because of his German-born mother, made the decision last year to compete for her homeland.

photo of Sam Parsons finishing 3,000m indoor race in Leipzig, Germany (photo by Theo Kiefner)The 25-year-old Parsons and another German-American runner, Amos Bartelsmeyer, finished 1-2 and were the only competitors to break eight minutes, Parsons clocking in at 7:53.71.

In a post-race interview, an ecstatic Parsons said, “It was amazing to compete here today. This is something special for me to start for the first time at the German Championships. The people here are so much cooler than in the U.S. The audience loves athletics. Now I am looking forward to running at the European Championships, and I hope to bring home a medal for Germany.”

photo of Sam Parsons after winning the 3,000m German Indoor National Championships in LeipzigHe later posted, “I wanted to win so badly. I was willing to pour out whatever was necessary to win. It’s a moment I’ll cherish forever.”

A Tatnall School and North Carolina State University graduate, Parsons will be off to represent Germany in the European Championships on March 2–3 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Will he be ready? With two Creek Road Runners forming his direct bloodline, we bet he will be. “I’m not afraid of opponents,” he declared.

> See post-race video interview (in German)
> Also see Parsons breaks four-minute mile.

Editor’s Note: Parsons took 12th place in the Euro Championships on March 2.