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.


Taking the “safe” out of Safety Harbor


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photo of Rachel StricklandFigured we could start out the new year with a cautionary tale. The following first-person account was shared by CRR Rachel Strickland, whose foot, yes, still hurts after having run two shorter races in lieu of one longer one.

Probably not the best decision I have ever made, but…

photo of medals from Safety Harbor 5K and 10K…I had signed up to do the half marathon of the Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor, Fla., a race I had done seven years ago for its inaugural run. They have really fun medals.

My foot hurt so bad on my last training run the previous Sunday that I could only do five miles and had to walk a lot of that. The race organizers let me transfer to the 5K/10K Challenge. Still 9.3 miles, but I saved nearly four miles of pounding on my foot.

photo of meme from Monty Python and the Holy GrailI did the 10K at 7 a.m. then the 5K at 9:00. I got a medal for each event and a third for having done the combo. It hurt every single step, so probably not the best decision (hence the meme about being in denial). This is the same injury that kept me from doing the Wring Out the Old [at the end of 2018], but it seemed like it had been getting better.

I like to practice medicine without a license and know a little about anatomy, but I’m seeing a podiatrist this week to find out what the problem is, and, hopefully, I’ll have a real diagnosis. Likely a long time away from running in order to rehab. Just as well, because cycling season is just around the corner, and I can start training (I have the bike hooked to a trainer in the basement) for the Monkey Knife Fight on April 6—a 30-mile hilly ride in Emmaus, Pa.

Oh well, you just can’t keep some runners down. But, as a general rule, we don’t recommend running injured. Stay healthy in 2019 everyone!

19 participants at 20th annual trail run


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On December 31st, the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in nearby Maryland boasted 19 participants,… if you include the three canines, one biker, and a photographer.

photo of runners beginning the 20th annual New Year’s Eve event at Fair Hill

Creek Road Runners start the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill.

Gender equality was finally achieved with eight women and eight men this year, certainly a record for the number of female runners (7). Never had there been as many dogs running the loop as this year either, not counting those who may have been “dogging” the course—you know who you are, CRR Bill Rose.

The weather was crisp, but there was a delightful absence of wind (unlike last year), and everyone seemed to have a good time.

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It’s about time


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photo of Jim Fischer tracksideOn the track, it’s about time—typically all about time. But this is not so true when it comes to CRR Jim Fischer, who has put more time (and love) into the sport of running and racing—as competitor, coach, and community mentor—than anyone else in Delaware. For his latest honor, all we can say here at is that it’s about time!

It’s also about time to have posted this article, well after Fischer’s November 20th induction into the Delaware Track & Field Hall of Fame, the institution that he initiated several years ago.

Fischer came to Delaware from his native Minnesota in 1982 to coach cross-country and track and field at the University of Delaware. He quickly became one of the initial crop of Creek Road Runners. Fischer coached both men and women at UD until 2011, when the school eliminated the men’s running program, at which point he continued coaching the women for a few more years. He put in some coaching time at Delaware Technical & Community College and has since coached at the high-school level with the Sanford School and Ursuline Academy, respectively.

However, Fischer may be remembered most universally among the running community in northern Delaware for his leading public track workouts and mentoring runners individually every Tuesday evening 11 months out of the year for 30+ years. He also organized and officiated meets that were open to the public. He loves running so much that, even after he stopped racing, he could often be seen at races—either helping out or simply encouraging runners. In addition to his affiliation with Creek Road Runners, Fischer is a member of the Pike Creek Valley Running Club.

photo of Jim FischerIn CRR lore, Fischer was one of the five scoring members on the second-place-finishing Creek Road Runners team in the 1988 Caesar Rodney Half Marathon’s corporate team competition, clocking a 1:19:05. Other scorers that day were CRR Martin Wolfer, CRR Bob Taggart, CRR Mark Deshon, and CRR Steve Cottrell.

As we close out this calendar year, we salute you, Jim.

See News Journal’s write-up on Fischer and this year’s other four Hall of Fame inductees.

Marine Corps marathoners


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Marine Corps Marathon logoThere may be more out there who completed this year’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., but two Creek Road Runners stood out, each completing the 26.2-mile course in under 200 minutes.

photo of Dan WeileCRR Dan Weile, who finished 26th in among the 45-49 men and 363rd overall (out of 20,614), turned in a time of 3:13:58. Certainly not the time she had hoped for, photo of Jo BairdCRR Jo Baird, who was the 46th female to cross the line, finished 15th among the 25-29 women and 418th overall in 3:16:15.

In a race around the monuments of our nation’s capital, these two were monumental themselves.