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Wanderers “Spring Forward” at the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon

Report by Polly Jansen

On March 9, the morning cold and blustery winds were enough to chill one to the bone, but this did not prevent five Wanderers from showing up to the starting line of the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon after “springing ahead” the night before.

Temps were in the 30’s, however the headwind which created a wall of cold made it feel much more frigid. Overall, Wanderers enjoyed the course which was actually quite scenic for a race in Wilmington, Delaware. Runners were met with lots of twist and turns, rolling hills and rantings from one unhappy resident yelling at the cops for blocking off his street. The last quarter mile or so of the race was like a slap in the face—uphill with a wall of wind that made you feel like you were almost running in place!

Noah Shusterman, who announced to Chris to get on board the “1:30 Express” was ahead of schedule finishing in 1:29:40. Helen Cheung, the running cheetah finished right behind in 1:30:33, placing 2nd in the Female 30-34 division. Chris Verry chased down that train and charged in full throttle at 1:31:05. Matt Mauren, with his race direction “cheat sheet” in his pocket and Zen-like concentration came in strong at 1:49:02. Polly Jansen, fueled with her new prescription iron supplements managed to hang in there finishing in 1:53:43. When all was said & done, the Wanderers congratulated each other & made a mad dash for their warm cars with no intention of milling about & snapping photos. Did I mention it was cold?!

Chris Verry


Noah Shusterman


polly jansen

Photos for Helen and Matt were not available at the official race photo website.




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