1,177 miles later, Wong takes a break

RUNNING Notebook

October 09, 1990|By Michael Reeb

Excuse Ronnie Wong if he takes off this week.

In an 18-day period, ending Friday, Wong ran more miles than many recreational runners do in a year.

"Maybe next week, I'll run," Wong said Saturday night from his home in Catonsville. "I want to rest a couple days."

Friday, Wong, 44, won the Sri Chinmoy 1,300-mile race in Flushing Meadow Park, N.Y., completing 1,177 miles within the race's 18-day limit.

"I just wanted to go as far as I could go," he said. "It's just like gambling. Of course, you would like to finish the 1,300. The point is I don't train enough miles. The most miles I do [in a week] is 60. Sometimes, it's just 35 miles."

En route to his victory, Wong finished 1,000 miles in 14 days, 23 hours, 32 minutes, 31 seconds -- the fourth best time for a United States runner at that distance.

He emerged relatively unscathed from his Herculean effort.

"I've got a blister on my foot. That's all," Wong said. "I got a new one every day. I can run now, but I don't want to get hurt because of it."

Other than the blisters, Wong's biggest obstacle in the race came from the breakfast table.

"One day, I ate five big prunes in the early morning," he said. "I had to run to the bathroom seven times. I was scared to eat any more."

On the race's first day, he did 104 miles, the most he completed in one day. The race's second day, Sept. 18., is Wong's birthday.

"When I reached 200 miles, they gave me a birthday cake," he said.

On day 14, he did 79 and hit 1,000.

"I decided to take a break," Wong said. "I thought I could reach 80 that day, and I had 12 [more] minutes to do it, but I thought that [1,000] sounded like a nice round figure."

Briefly: Area finishers in Saturday's Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii -- Dave Petrie, 35, Baltimore, 237th, 10:40:16; Mike Wrobleski, 25, Cockeysville, 252nd, 10:41:33; Sheila Greenfield, 47, Columbia, 1,197th, 15:44:15. . . Anthony Grier, 40, of Baltimore won the masters division of The Great Allegany Run 15K in Cumberland on Saturday in 48:10. Sunday, he won the masters division of the Delaware Distance Classic 15K in 51:26. Running mate Jesse Henighan, 45, set a personal record at Cumberland in 59:02 and did the Delaware run in 64:34. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SUNDAY

B&A Trail 10K At Severna Park Males: 1. Paul Keating, 30, 32:34; 2. Clayton Deel, 32, 33:18; 3. Jeff Gubera, 27, 34:22; 4. Michael Hockman, 35, 34:23; 5. Eric Peltosalo, 40, 34:46; 6. Matthew Mace, 30, 34:56; 7. Lou Chesla, 43, 35:04; 8. Tom Prendki, 34, 35:12; 9. Scott Bootig, 16, 35:14; 10. David Dietzway, 20, 35:29. Masters: 1. Peltosalo.

Females: 1. Patricia Keeny-Ryan, 29, 38:25; 2. Julie Caprio, 29, 39:06; 3. Ellen Lutrey, 32, 40:31; 4. Linda Shanklin, 43, 41:10; 5. Lori Smith, 24, 41:33; 6. June Schnider, 43, 43:06; 7. Cynthia Silate, 16, 43:35; 8. Christine Beecy, 26, 44:40; 9. Teresa Morningstar, 28, 45:37; 10. Debbie Hargadon, 32, 46:16. Masters: Shanklin.

Columbus Chase 10K At Columbia Males: 1. Jim Hage, 32, 31:00; 2. Dave Berardi, 30, 31:31; 3. Robert Yara, 35, 32:10; 4. Rod Young, 24, 32:30; 5. James Clelland, 32, 32:56; 6. Dave Brightwell, 27, 33:30; 7. Patrick McNelis, 34, 33:46; 8. Mark Rosasco, 31, 33:47; 9. Dennis Coleman, 32, 34:09; 10. Keith McIntyre, 32, 34:13. Masters: 1. Piriya Pinit, 45, 35:54.

Females: 1. Marge Rosasco, 42, 37:54; 2. Janice Torpey, 28, 38:38; 3. Buffy Gavigan, 24, 39:20; 4. Patricia Zerfes, 28, 39:45; 5. Dolly Ginter, 27, 39:59; 6. Janelle McIntyre, 25, 41:03; 7. Barbara Eggers, 32, 41:08; 8. Maggie Lasaga, 25, 41:09; 9. Jeriann Bell, 27, 41:41; 10. Sharon Heidel, 40, 42:09. Masters: 1. Heidel.

BRRC 15-Mile Championship At Ashland Males: 1. Jim O'Keefe, 1:20:51; 2. James Pryde, 1:22:03; 3. Jeff Sanborn, 1:24:21; 4. William Desmond, 1:24:47; 5. Doug Moyer, 1:25:32; 6. Jack Peach, 1:28:19; 7. Lee Myers, 1:28:58; 8. Dave Lowe, 1:29:06; 9. Steve Nelson, 1:29:56; 10. Dan Esser, 1:29:58. Masters: 1. Lowe; 2. John Zeigler, 1:33:44; 3. J. Tobin, 1:35:12.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 1:34:44; 2. Amanda MacIntosh, 1:50:21; 3. Carol Zimmerman, 1:51:58; 4. Pat Milleson, 1:51:58; 5. Pam Garrettson, 1:52:53; 6. Carolyn Bouma, 1:52:56; 7. Debbie Chaney, 1:52:59; 8. Shelley Welsh, 1:54:58; 9. Christie St. Clair, 1:56:51; 10. Susan Woodward, 2:00:08. Masters: 1. St. Clair; 2. Woodward; 3. Debbie Ashburn, 2:01:04.

RASAC Rocks Station Ma & Pa Trail Run 10K At Rocks Males: 1. Duane Schestag, 36:59; 2. George Hanna, 38:20; 3. Tom Riley, 40:12; 4. George Stewart, 43:10; 5. Larry Whiting, 43:41.

Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 40:55.

SATURDAY

Great Allegany Run 15K At Cumberland Males: 1. Kevin Ruch, 26, 44:25; 2. John Ratcliffe, 26, 44:41; 3. Tom Stevens, 34, 45:12; 4. Gary Gargasz, 34, 45:22; 5. Patrick Key, 32, 46:19. Masters: 1. Anthony Grier, 40, 48:10.

Females: 1. Tammy Slusser, 25, 51:40; 2. Lori Taylor, 27, 53:38; 3. Nicola Ratcliffe, 23, 53:47; 4. Chris Skarvelis, 28, 54:14; 5. Ruth Riemenschneider, 33, 54:35. Masters: 1. Mary Ellen Williams, 44, 57:09.

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