Congratulations to CRR Charlie Riordan who was just appointed Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation at the University of Delaware. These three areas certainly cover a lot of ground on campus. We know that Charlie will shine; the question is… Will he still run? Could depend a lot on corporate sponsorship (see image at right), although with his new position, we imagine a bit of a bump in that category too. See you on Creek Road, Charlie.
Self-proclaimed, self-appointed Creek Road Runners CEO CRR Matt Robinson publicly called out several of his peers in an opinion piece in the Wilmington News Journal’s Saturday edition.
The article itself was interesting enough and then suddenly took a turn for the comic tongue-in-cheek.
Robinson writes, “If my runs were about inspection, I know I would be outrunning my fellow runners Charlie [CRR Charlie Riordan], Mark [CRR Mark Deshon], Steve [CRR Steve Goodwin], Paul A. [CRR Paul Amer] and Tom [CRR Tom Reed], and I know I could find better golfers than Avron [CRR Avron Abraham], Ian and Paul P. [CRR Paul Pusecker], but I enjoy the time away from inspection and distraction. I’d rather focus on thoughts and great ideas that have surfaced during one of those runs, or the good laughs and insightful conversations I have had with my running group and golfing buddies.”
Trying to impugn someone’s golf game is one thing, but, inspection or no inspection, Robinson has now thrown down the gauntlet for the aforementioned runners.
Read the entire article, which is actually pretty good, though maybe our CEO could be spending less time musing and more time on Creek Road.
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Despite below-freezing temperatures, 24 hearty souls and one ready-for-a-long-run canine came out to participate in the 16th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area’s Black Bridge Road parking lot on the last day of 2014.
This year was highlighted by, count ’em, 11 women—coming out in force to share this unique New Year’s Eve day experience for themselves—and a special appearance by self-appointed CEO CRR Matt Robinson. Special thanks to photographer Doug Baker, husband of CRR Diane Kukich, for taking so many good photos (sorry we only had room for a few).
At two recent races, one regional and one local, Creek Road Runners shone nearly as bright as the dimming late-autumn sun.
CRR Jay Coughenour ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon in a splendid time of 1:18:53. His chip time of 1:18:34 put him just a fraction of a second under a six-minute-per-mile pace for the 13.1-mile distance. Coughenour was the second finisher in the 45-49 age group and placed 85th the among men and 91st overall. Excellent at age 49!
In the Reindeeer Run & Romp 5K, held here in Newark on Friday night, CRR Keith Crispin placed 10th overall out of 406 finishers, winning the 45-49 age group in 18:52. CRR Dan Simmons, just coming off an injury, won the 65-69 age group in 23:53, and CRR Diane Kukich won her age group (60-64) in 24:11. Other age-group awardees included CRR Bill Rose, who took second place among the 55-59s in a very respectable 19:58, and CRR Sue Barton, who placed third among the 55-59s in 28:06.
In non-running-related news, rumor has it that CRR Charlie Riordan lit up the court at The Bob recently with a halftime free-throw-shooting exhibition. Now we know where he’s been training. We know “Charlie Runs on Dunkin’”; the question is Can he dunk on Dunkin’?
CRR Dave Edwards recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine the effects of exercise on vascular function in people with chronic kidney disease.
“Studies have shown that patients with chronic kidney disease are more likely to die of a cardiovascular disease such as a heart attack than of end-stage kidney failure, so we’re very interested in studying vascular function in this population,” says Edwards, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. “Once we have a better understanding of the reasons for poor blood vessel function, we can develop better interventions.
See story, written by CRR Diane Kukich.
CRR Charlie Riordan was recently honored by the American Chemical Society with the Delaware Section Award. Riordan, vice provost for research at the University of Delaware, and his research team are known for their work in bioinorganic chemistry, an area of inquiry that seeks to understand the function of metals in biology, human health, and disease diagnosis and treatment.