CRR receives UD’s highest honor


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CRR Stuart Binder-Macleod, a professor in the University of Delaware’s No. 1–nationally ranked physical therapy program, has received the institution’s highest faculty honor—the prestigious Francis Alison Faculty Award—for 2019.

The annual award recognizes faculty who best exemplify the qualities of “scholar-schoolmaster” embodied by the Rev. Dr. Francis Alison, the founder of the school that eventually became UD. The honor includes a $10,000 prize, and all recipients are inducted into the Alison Society, which promotes academic excellence on campus.

During his 31 years at the University of Delaware, Binder-Macleod helped make UD’s physical therapy program among the best in the nation and he has been running out on Creek Road throughout these same years.

Hearty congratulations!

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Upcoming races of interest


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Here we highlight three upcoming Newark-area races happening between now and Thanksgiving.

Blue Hens Homecoming 5K logoUD Homecoming 5K
Wednesday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m.
Delaware Stadium
625 South College Avenue in Newark

Ever want to finish a race inside a stadium? Here’s a great chance to do so. This out-and-back course on the University of Delaware’s south campus, though flat, is a good challenge for all. It finishes on the football field in Delaware Stadium.

Register now!

Mackler logo20th Anniversary Scott Mackler 5K
Sunday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m.
Temple Beth El
301 Possum Park Road in Newark

It started in 1999, right after the late CRR Scott Mackler was diagnosed with ALS. It’s probably the toughest road 5K in Delaware. Runners are rewarded, though, with a full buffet after the run. Awards for top finishers—both runners and walkers.

Register now!

illustration of turkey with running shoes47th Annual Turkey Trot 10K and 5K
Saturday, November 23,
10K at 9:00 a.m., 5K at 10:30 a.m. 

Norma B. Handloff Park
Barksdale Road in Newark

The oldest continuously contested race in Newark is back for another year of pre-Thanksgiving fun. Do the 10K, the 5K, or both. Great course and a great community event.

Register now!

Newark’s own elite “tinman” competes in Doha


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photo of Sam Parsons competing in Doha, Qatar, among the world’s best

Sam Parsons competes in Doha, Qatar, among the world’s best in one of the 5,000m semifinals.

Newark, Del., native Sam Parsons, son of CRR George Parsons and CRR Christina Parsons, has had quite a running year in 2019, capped off by his competing (for Germany) in the World Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Doha, Qatar.

Competing in the 5,000m race as the German national 3,000m champion (he has dual citizenship), Parsons did not qualify for the final, but he managed to run the 24th best time (13:38.53) at this distance in the semifinals among the world’s elite middle-distance runners, finishing 13th in the second semi, just 13 seconds off of a qualifying time.

With regard to the younger Parsons’ experience at the World Championships, his father noted, “He was [just] happy to be here.” About his son’s finishing 24th overall in an attempt to qualify for the finals, the proud elder Parsons said, “I’ll take it!”

photo of Sam Parsons making eye contact with an Ethiopian competitor

Sam Parsons makes eye contact with a rather surprised Ethiopian competitor at the World Championships in Doha.

On Sept. 8, as a run-up to his trip to Doha, Parsons ran a personal best road mile in the prestigious and nationally televised Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City. He led the professional field at the half-mile post (by a wide margin) and collected a $1,000 bonus for having done so, as he had done in 2018 in the same race. Though other runners caught and passed him later in the race, placing him 10th overall, he ran a 3:55.0, smashing his previous best by nearly three seconds and trailing the winner by less than four seconds.

Parsons’ other notable personal bests this calendar year include:

  • 1,500m: 3:37.46 (Portland, Ore., Track Festival, June 9, 2019)
  • 3,000m: 7:44 (IAAF Diamond League, Lucern, July 9, 2019)
  • 5,000m: 13:22 (Payton Jordan Invitational, Palo Alto, May 2, 2019)

Parsons runs for the Boulder, Colo.–based Tinman Elite professional running team. Prior to a successful collegiate running career at North Carolina State, he ran cross country and track in high school locally for The Tatnall School.


Another more recent honoree


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photo of Barret MichalecCRR Barret Michalec, associate dean of Interprofessional Education for the College of Health Sciences and associate professor of sociology at the University of Delaware, was named one of five Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s 2019 Macy Faculty Scholars nationwide. The Scholars program, open to educators in medicine and nursing schools, aims to identify innovators in medicine and nursing education and give them the resources to establish new programs at their respective institutions. Michalec was selected from more than 70 applicants for the prestigious award.

As a Macy Scholar, Michalec will spotlight the value of teaching empathy in an interprofessional education setting through his new program, Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect and Mindfulness (I-TEAM).

Michalec was the top finisher in the 2018 edition of the “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run.

Congratulations from Creek Road Runners.

Two CRRs receive high honors


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photo of Flora PoindexterCRR Flora Poindexter has received one of the University of Delaware’s highest honors, the Excellence in Teaching Award. Poindexter, a senior instructor in languages, literatures and cultures, is one of only four to receive this award at UD in 2019.

Of her craft, Poindexter says, “Teaching is a true passion for me. I enjoy watching my students discover the French language and francophone culture. I try to make my classes as enriching as possible and I am constantly looking for new ways of teaching to different interests and learning styles. As an educator, my own learning is a crucial part of my practice.”

In addition to being a great French teacher, Poindexter likes to run longer distances, including half and full marathons.

photo of Roberta GolinkoffCRR Roberta Golinkoff, one of the earliest members of Creek Road Runners, was also honored by the University of Delaware with the inaugural Faculty Excellence in Scholarly Community Engagement Award. Golinkoff, the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education, was one of two individuals to be so honored.

A pioneer in research in young children’s learning, Golinkoff says, “It is amazingly gratifying to be recognized for my attempts to improve the lives of children and families around the world! The University has been a tremendous support for my efforts.”

Creek Road Runners congratulates both of them on their achievements!