* After some consternation (alias appearance money), Ken Martin will be back running the New York City Marathon in three weeks. Recall, Martin ran 2:09:38 last fall, best time by an American since 1983, while finishing second. He'll do well to match that this time around, with defending champ Juma Ikangaa and Olympic silver medalist Douglas Wakiihuri looming as heavy favorites.
* Lynn Jennings won the big women-only Tufts 10-K in Boston Monday in 32:29, 10 seconds ahead of Ria van Landeghem . . . Depending upon her results at a half-marathon in Toronto Sunday, Joan Samuelson is thinking about hopping into the New York City Marathon Nov. 4. If she runs 1:10, she says it will be a go. She has run two sub-1:13s lately . . . Ronnie Wong's winning distance in the Chinmoy 1,300-mile race in Flushing Meadow Park was 1,177 miles spread over 18 days . . . Dave Petrie, Mike Wrobleski and Sheila Greenfield were among the finishers at the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon last weekend.
* Jim Hage (31:00) and Marge Rosasco (37:54) proved best at the Columbus Chase in Columbia while the BRRC 15-mile championship was captured by Jim O'Keefe (1:20:51) and Stacey Nicholson (1:34:44) . . . Kevin Ruch's winning time in the Great Allegany Run 15-K in Cumberland was 44:25. Tammy Slusser (51:40) won on the women's side . . . Paul Keating (32:34) and Pat Ryan (38:25) both won by the better part of a minute at the B&A Trail 10-K in Severna Park . . . Chalk up the Francis Scott Key Medical Center 5-K for Stavros Rologas (14:51) and Cathleen Cosenza (24:34) . . . Duane Schestag (38:58) and Margaret Cooper (40:55) prevailed at the RASAC Trail 10-K in Rocks State Park.
* The Naali brothers, Simon Robert and Thomas, ran 1-2 ahead of American Pat Porter at a big cross country test in Stockholm . . . Mark Allen, after years of frustration, has now won the last two Hawaii Ironman Triathlons, beating Scott Tinley by nine minutes last weekend. Erin Baker won by seven minutes among the women . . . Olympic champ Gelindo Bordin's 2:13:42 in Venice was fine considering it was in a driving rainstorm. Laura Fogli (2:38:34) led the women.
* All the great runners living in New England will congregate in Providence, R.I., Oct. 21 for the Downtown 5-K: John Treacy, Richard O'Flynn, Mick O'Shea, Bill Rodgers, Frank O'Mara, Gerry O'Reilly, Mark Coogan, John Doherty and several other friendly sons of St. Patrick.
* The date of this year's JFK 50-mile hike-run from Boonsboro High School is Nov. 17. Applications can be obtained with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Buzz Sawyer, 915 Hamilton Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. 21740 . . . Pre-registration for the BRRC Marathon Nov. 24 is $13, going up $5 on race day . . . The annual 1 1/2 -mile cross country run for kids will be held at Goucher College Nov. 4 . . . The Dundalk 10-K and 3.5-mile fitness walk goes Nov. 18 at Dundalk Community College.
* Today: Briefcase Relay, Inner Harbor, 6 p.m.
* Saturday: A Place for Your Pace, Ashland Rec Area, 8 a.m.; Crofton Park 5-miler, Crofton, 8 a.m., 261-6031.
* Sunday: Bachman Valley half-marathon, Westminster, 8:30 a.m., 876-6201; Seagull 8-K, Anne Arundel CC, 9 a.m.
* Oct. 20: Thomas Run 7-miler, Harford CC, 9 a.m., 734-7737; Bud Light Triathlon Series Championship, Las Vegas; Lake Marburg Triathlon, Codorus State Park, Hanover, Pa., 9 a.m.
* Oct. 21: Rotunda 10-K, Rotunda Mall, 8 a.m., 494-8649.
* Oct. 27: Gator 5-K, St. Paul's School for Girls, 9 a.m., 823-6323.
* Oct. 28: Sinai Fitness 5-miler, Painters Mill Road, 9 a.m.; Key School 10-K, Annapolis, 9 a.m.; Alzheimer's Memory Walk 5-miler, Rash Field, 9 a.m.; Wild Goose Chase 10-K, Talbot County YMCA, 9:30 a.m.; Rockville 10-K, Montgomery CC, 9 a.m.