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Fall Fling

The club held the annual Fall Fling on October 10th at the Delaware Natural History Museum.  The event raised $7284 for our scholarship and running shoe programs.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and attendees!

October Racing News

We are honored to report Karen Smith's 13:12:09 finishing time in the October 10th Kona, Hawaii Ironman World Championship.   A Hawaii Ironman finish is an impressive feat for any athlete.   What makes Karen's feat so wonderful is all she has endured in the past 1 1/2 years to get back to where she is today.   Way to go, Karen!

Carol Giampietro, 3:35:16, and Jonathan Corsini, 2:47:41, both placed third in their age groups at the October 11th Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA.  That's some tough competition!   Also on October 11th, Frank Bour ran a 1:06:43 at the Delaware Distance Classic 15K.

Lynn Knothe continues to ignore sage advice that she is racing too much, racking up a pair of overall female victories on October 17th and 18th.   On Saturday she won the Smith-McMillan Memorial 5K at Wilmington Friends School in a time of 21:02.   On Sunday she repeated as overall winner of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K in a time of 20:50.

Competitors had perfect weather to enjoy the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25th.  Frank Sutman finished in 3:09:40, while Frank Pagliaro finished in 4:26:28.

Vicki Rudawsky (18:51, Amy Blithe (18:57), and Melissa Lafferty (19:34) were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall female finishers in the October 25th E-Racing the Blues 5K.  What a hat trick!


Joe O'Neal 5K Results

The Joe O'Neal Memorial 5K was held at St. Mark's High School on October 3. Results are posted here.

September Racing News

As the days of summer cool, club members are producing some impressive race results.   Lynn Knothe turned in a break-out 5K time of 19:36 and finished 5th overall woman at the September 11th Teri's Run.   On September 13th, Jeff Kammerzelt placed 7th overall and won his age group at the Delaware Diamondman Half Ironman.   His time was 4:40:34.  Alexis Andrianopoulos placed third in her age group in the sprint division with a time of 1:38:15.

Club members had perfect conditions for fast times at the September 20th Philly Distance Run Half Marathon.   Cindy Cucuzzella, 1:29:34, Annie Pilson, 1:31:39, and Kristy Baxter, 1:39:07, all had great performances!   The following weekend, Carol Giampietro , 1:38:36, and Jonathan Corsini , 1:19:00, both won their age groups at the September 26th Maymont Half Marathon.


Run 4 Mike's Kids Results

Results from the September 7 Run 4 Mike's Kids 4-miler, held in Rockford Park, are now POSTED.

Summer Racing News

The Sorouri family pulled off a hat trick at the June 21st St. Andrews Sprint Triathlon.   Bijan (1:34:30), Kian (1:58:25), and Darien (2:03:39) all finished with great times.   Darian's time was fast enough to place 3rd in his age group.  Bill Lafferty's time of 1:14:35 was good for a 3rd place age group finish too!

Lynn Knothe was the overall winner at the July 9th Catherine Rooney's 5K.   Her winning time was 20:27.   Matt Cutrona ran a 17:28 for 3rd in his age group while Rick Schumeyer ran a 20:50.

Frank Sutman placed 11th overall at the July 18th Damn Wakely Dam Ultra in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY.  He completed the 32.6-mile extreme trail ultra in 6:52:56.  He reports the trail conditions were severe enough to make grown men weep.   Personally he only muttered occasional oaths as he slipped, tripped and fell numerous times.

Our club volunteer and marketing expert extrodinaire, Alexis Andrianopoulos, won her age group at the August 16th Northeast Triathlon.  She completed the 750m swim, 16-mile bike, and 5K run in 1:42:39.   You go, girl!

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4 Pete's Sake 5k Results

Results and photos from the 4 Pete's Sake 5K, held on July 25, 2009 in Rockford Park.

I am sorry that it has taken me so long to post the results.   After the race I went through the top three finishers in each age group and posted the results.  The next day the time tape was misplaced and I have been hoping the tape would show up.  I am sorry to say that did not happen.  What we did was post the finishers in the order of finishing.  

Again, thank you for your understanding and your support for the Conlon family.

Sincerely, Ed Slate

Overall and Age Group Results

Bijan Sorouri's photo essay of the day's festivities may be viewed here.

Rick Schumeyer's photo gallery is here:

Independence Day Duathlon Training Camp

Bijan Sorouri's photo essay of the July 4th DRC Duathlon Training Exercise may be viewed here.   Thanks to all who participated!


B+ Results

Partial results for the B+ race held on Thursday, June 18, 2009 are here.

Girls on the Run

More than 1000 runners ran the Girls on the Run 5k on Saturday May 30th, 2009 at Rockford Park.  Results are here.

Mike's Run for Fame 5k

The Delaware Sports Hall of Fame/Mike's Run for Fame 5k was run on Sunday, May 31 2009.  Results are here.

Festival Of Miles

It was a fun night and we just skirted the weather.  First of all I would like to thank everyone who came: athletes, parents, family and fans.  It is through your support that we continue to put on these FUN events.  I hope you enoyed it.

Best performance of the night: Leah Hocksteen, Winner of Girls 10 & under at 6 years old.  She waved to the fans everytime she heard her name.  A smile big, bright and cheerful.  Thank you Leah...You made the night!!

It was a historic night...Current state record holder in the mile, Juliette Bottorff was on the same track as the last two previous Record holders - Vicki Rudawsky and Melissa Lafferty.

Fastest Times of the night: Molly Parsons in 5:16.8
Gregg Cantwell in 4:31.5

Full results are available here.

We will be back in 2 weeks for the 5K Open Track Championship. We will do this again next year!

Finally, thanks for all the work by Jim Walsh and all the volunteers.

Bijan Sorouri has created a great slide show of the night's festivities here.

Thank you!
Mike Monagle


May Racing News

Jeff Kammerzelt was the overall winner in Wilmington's May 2 Daba Dash 5K.  He finished in 17:41.   Hal Clouser finished second in his age group with a time of 34:56.

Soggy weather for the May 3 Broad Street Run didn't deter a large number of club members from posting fast times for the annual 10-mile trip down the street:
  • Zach Chupa, 55:13
  • Jeff Moran, 1:05:17
  • Amy Blithe, 1:06:15
  • Lee Kauffman, 1:07:29
  • Bill Wipf, 1:08:43
  • Annie Pilson, 1:08:37
  • Lynn Knothe, 1:10:53
  • Mike Bullinger, 1:13:01
  • Theresa Kauffman, 1:13:40
  • Joe Blithe, 1:16:11
  • Ed Slate, 1:17:26
  • Rick Schumeyer, 1:17:41
  • Bijan Sorouri braved storm clouds to place 4th overall and win his age group at the May 4 Wilmington Flower Market 5K, in a time of 22:40.

    Matt Cutrona placed 2nd overall and won his age group in the May 9 Race Against Family Violence in Newark.  His time was 17:43.

    Zach Chupa placed 5th overall at the May 16 Kennett Run 10K, in a time of 34:58.

    The DRC was out in force at the Delaware Marathon Festival on May 17. Finishers in the half marathon were
  • Matt Cutrona, 1:22:41, 3rd AG
  • Lynn Knothe, 1:37:55, 1st AG
  • Theresa Kauffman, 1:39:26, 1st AG
  • Jeff Burger, 1:45:46, 1st AG
  • We had three marathon relay teams containing DRC members.
  • The DRC Divas (Amy Blithe, Melissa "Lafferty", Vicki Rudawsky, and Linda Odle, 1st Masters Women (5th overall), 2:56:35
  • Empowered Yoga (Mike and Lauren Digennaro), 3rd Corporate (8th overall), 3:12:31
  • The Defibulators (Bijan Sorouri, Claudia Schultze, Jeff Kammerzelt, Lisa Merkel), 2nd Masters Coed (11th overall), 3:16:45


    April Racing News

    Club members were busy the weekend of April 18th.

    The Brandywine End to End Hike traverses 35.3 miles of Chester County, PA and Delaware, roughly following the creek from its source to the state park outside of Wilmington.   Frank Sutman and Kelan Wieloch took the challenge to trail run the annual event on April 18th.   Frank finished second overall in 6:18.  Kelan finished fourth overall in 7:18.

    Buckley's Make a Wish 10K always draws a good crowd from the club.  Here are the top finishers from the April 19th event:
  • Jeff Kammerzelt, 37:38, 2nd OA, 1st AG
  • Amy Blithe, 41:01, 1st OA
  • Jimmy Walsh, 41:06, 1st AG
  • Melissa Lafferty, 42:12, 1st AG
  • Mike Whitman, 43:47,
  • Lynn Knothe, 48:42, 2nd AG
  • The DRC fielded competetive teams for the April 20th Boston Marathon.  Great job everyone!   Here are our finishers:
  • Zach Chupa, 2:46:52,
  • Brian Driscoll, 2:52:27,
  • Austin Gee, 2:58:36,
  • Lee Kauffman, 3:23:02,
  • Cindy Cucuzzella, 3:24:13,
  • Theresa Kauffman, 3:31:51,
  • Carol Giampietro, 3:36:53,
  • Linda Odle, 3:43:34,
  • Doug White, 3:53:32,
  • Joel Schiller, 3:59:07,
  • Don Fessman, 4:30:50
  • Kristy Baxter won her age group and was the third overall female in the April 25 Triple Crown Trail Half Marathon, held at White Clay Creek State Park.

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    March Racing News

    Jeff Langrehr completed the Seneca Creek Trail 50K in 36th place overall with a time of 5:52.   The March 7th race boasted over 200 trail runners and was held over a course generally agreed to be "50K plus" near Gaithersburg, MD.

    John Cahoon and Zach Chupa were the first and second place overall finishers in the March 8th JCC Snowball Run 5-miler.   Their times over the 5-mile course were 27:55 and 28:13, respectively.   No one was complaining about lack of snowballs, with temperatures in the low 70's!

    The March 15 Caesar Rodney Half Marathon boasted an impressive number of club member finishes, including winning the overall open women's team competition!
  • Jeff Kammerzelt, 1:20:01, 2nd AG
  • Adam Singer, 1:28:02
  • Vicki Rudawsky, 1:29:35, 1st AG
  • Amy Blithe, 1:29:48, 2nd AG
  • Linda Odle, 1:31:09, 1st AG
  • Cindy Cucuzella, 1:32:59
  • Karen Stout, 1:33:17
  • Theresa Kauffman, 1:34:06, 2nd AG
  • Carol Giampietro, 1:39:18, 1st AG
  • Zach Chupa headed north on March 15 to run a fast 1:14:14 in the 32nd Annual New Bedford, MA Half Marathon.

    The DRC contingent was tightly grouped in the March 21 Adrenaline 5K, held in Haddonfield, NJ.   Congrats. to the following members on good finishes in this highly competitive event.
  • Lee Kauffman, 20:39
  • Lynn Knothe, 20:40, 3rd AG
  • Theresa Kauffman, 20:46, 2nd AG
  • Frank Sutman won his age group at the March 28 Marine Corps Run 2 Register 10K, held at Marine Base Quantico, VA.  He completed the course, including some interesting mud obstacles, in 41:07.


    Winter Member News

    OK, winter isn't exactly the height of racing season in Northern Delaware.   However, we're still out pounding the pavement and enjoying the brisk weather.   Here's what a few of our members have been up to lately:

    Frank Pagliaro has formed a "FranksWine.Com" team to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital by running the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon.   Please contact Frank This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   if you'd like to train for and run Marine Corps with him.   He'll have the wine and a corkscrew ready for post-run recovery!

    Jason Rita is leaving for Tanzania on March 14 to work with some local runners to set up a summer running camp near Mt. Kilimanjaro.   Learn more about his upcoming adventure at www.kilimanjaroathletics.org.

    Chuck Hall and Suzanne Rocheleau are engaged to be married sometime in June.   Congratulations to the happy couple!

    Don Fessman recently completed his 65th marathon by finishing the 2008 Athens Marathon in 4:28:26.   Read about Don and Cindy's overseas adventure here.

    Dennis Muhlenforth celebrated his 60th birthday on February 23rd.   Welcome to your new age group!

    Ted Filmont reports from Long Beach Island that the circulation problem in his leg is cured and all is well.   At Hal Clouser's insistence, he ran the Thanksgiving 5K, and the XC Championship.   Just to set the record straight, he did not carry Hal on his shoulders up Maintenance Hill.  He looks forward to running with the group again sometime soon.

    Lee Kauffman has been busy bagging winter ascents of high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains (NY) in his spare time.   Here's a January photo from the summit of Dix Mountain.   Speaking of the Kauffmans, congratulations to Theresa Kauffman upon being named the Pike Creek Valley Running Club's Runner of the Year!


    X-C Scholarship Winners Announced

    Rebecca Braun and Eric Macedo, both of the Charter School of Wilmington, have been selected as the 2008 Cross Country Scholarship Winners.

    Eric Macedo, a senior at Charter, is our male scholarship winner.   He was captain of his X-C team and arranged "informal summer workouts" for the team.   He is involved with Charter's Environmental Club, Anti-tobacco club, and Science Olympiad.   He has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking six advanced placement courses.   He is All County, second team All State, and led his team to a second place finish in the Division One meet.

    Rebecca Braun, also a senior at Charter, is our female scholarship winner.   She led the school's effort to create care packages for our troops in Iraq.  The final total was 55 care packages.  She also raised funds for a scholarship in honor of a fallen soldier.   She takes honors and advanced placement courses and has maintained a 4.0 GPA.

    New Balance Delaware Open XC Championships

    The results for the 2008 New Balance Delaware Open XC Championships are posted here.   Thanks so much to all of our volunteers that contributed to the success of this year's race!


    Fall Fling

    All we can say is "WOW"!   Thank you to all of our sponsors, organizers, volunteers, attendees, and vendors for making the 2008 Fall Fling a resounding success!   Your generosity helped us raise over $6000 for scholarships and shoe donations to deserving runners.  We had over 250 in attendance at the Twin Lakes Brewery on November 8.   This is one for the record books, at least until next year!   Thanks again for your support of the club and our scholarship fund.

    Additional photos of our fun event can be found here.  Thanks to Laura Slowik for the photo album!

    November Racing News

    Nov. 2: Congratulations to Mike Holloway (3:07:10) and Frank Pagliaro (3:44:10) on fine finishes in the New York City Marathon!

    Nov. 2: Jeff Kammerzelt places 5th overall with an impressive 3:08:19 at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Marathon.

    Nov. 22: Rehoboth – Seashore Marathon
    Andrew Jakubowitch (2nd overall) 2:43:50
    Zach Chupa (4th overall) 2:54:17
    Bill Rhodunda 3:15:31
    Jeff Kammerzelt 3:34:55
    Doug Adelman (3rd age group) 3:34:56
    Vicki Rudawsky / Mike Monagle (Overall 2-person Relay Winners!) 2:40:22

    Nov. 23: Philadelphia Marathon
    Steve Sinko (8th overall!) 2:27:58
    Mike Zeberkiewicz 2:44:04
    Joe Switzer 2:44:26
    Austin Gee 2:49:19
    Mark Engelbert 2:58:44
    Amy Blithe 3:11:58
    Linda Odle 3:19:47 (pending DE state age group record)
    Cindy Cucuzzella 3:21:21
    Paul Schweizer 3:24:04
    Leslie Wason 3:28:17

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