The soil beneath his shoes

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photo of Vic KakiakinYou’ve heard of the song, “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” Well, this isn’t what we’re talking about here. Let’s just call it “the soil beneath his shoes.”

CRR Vic Kaliakin, a civil engineering professor at the University of Delaware, was recently honored with an award for the best technical paper in 2018 by the journal Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology for his contributions to the research of soil modeling.

No doubt, having put in thousands of miles on Creek Road, Kaliakin has seen lots of soil on the road after storms. He’s also picked up a lot on the soles of his shoes over the years of running at Fair Hill on Dec. 31 and portions of the Pen-Del trail north of Creek Road in neighboring Pennsylvania, where he lives. Of course, this has little to do with his geotechnical expertise… or does it?

Kudos to you, Vic.

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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.

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.