IAAF makes marathon qualifying odds as long as the race 0) itself
Nice kick in the teeth U.S. marathoners have received with regard to the World Championships in Tokyo next summer. The winner of the Columbus (Ohio) Marathon goes as our national champion, but a second or third entrant must meet a qualifying standard of 2:12. The IAAF dropping the standard by two minutes has everyone baffled.
* U.S. runners John Tuttle and Gordon Bloch (a woman) could do no better than thirds at the Twin Cities Marathon last weekend. Maurillo Castillo (2:11:01) and Sylvie Bornet (2:29:22) grabbed the $25,000 first prizes. Tony Grier finished 71st in 2:38:34 . . . Meanwhile, Ed Eyestone beat a strong cast of foreigners at the Bowling Green 10-K in Kentucky in 28:33. Chris Pfitzinger was top woman in 32:54.
* Jim Pyde's winning time at the Bachman Valley half-marathowas 1:12:44, more than three minutes ahead of the field. Jenny Caple (1:32:08) paced the women . . . Ken Foeler did in the Surfside 10-K field in Ocean City with a 32:37 effort. Karen Tossey (38:42) led the women.
* Both Jane Tumpson and husband Reed Pyeritz got seconds in their age bracket in the Chambersburg (Pa.) Biathlon, doing the 20-mile ride and 5-mile run in 1:52:21 and 1:28:09, respectively . . . Lyn Brooks has 11 completed Hawaii Ironmans to her credit . . . Chalk up a third for Bob Yara (2:37:30) at the Stamford (Conn.) Marathon.
* Mike Hill (29:53) made his debut as a masters runner by being the first over-40 at the Quaker Quick 5-K at Friends School. Luis Molina (25:53) of Navy and Maureen Hall (29:37) led the pack . . . Jill Mottus (38:39) and Pat McNelis (26:47) showed their heels to the Hillside 5-miler field.
* The lottery for entry into the Cherry Blossom 10-miler i &L Washington next April will be conducted throughout the month of December. Call 371-5583 for information . . . Reminders: Pre-registration for the BRRC Marathon Nov. 24 is $13, going up $5 race day . . . The National RRC age group cross country championships are slated for New York's Van Cortlandt Park Nov. 18. Van Cortlandt also will serve as host for the Kinney/TAC cross country championships Nov. 24.
* No word yet on Joan Samuelson's intentions regarding nexmonth's New York City Marathon. She won the Toronto half-marathon in 1:12:37 last Sunday, but said she wanted to do better than that. A sub-2:30 is the objective in N.Y. and she would appear to be right on it with this number.
* It's eight races down and two to go in the Club Championship Series of the Annapolis Striders. Next up is the Cold Turkey Nov. 25 . . . The Virginia 10-miler is the Foot Locker race of the month on ESPN Sunday (1 p.m.).
* A nifty little field of about 18,000 showed up last Sunday in Paris for a 20-K. Score it for Mohamed Mourhit of Morocco in 59:15.
* Saturday: A Place for Your Pace, Ashland Rec Area, 8 a.m.; 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.
* Sunday: Rotunda 10-K, Rotunda Mall, 8 a.m., 494-8649; City-Poly 5-K, City College, 8:30 a.m.; Partners in the Park 5-K, York, Pa., 2 p.m., (717) 741-3893; Donut Run 8-K, Greenbelt Park, 422-7238.
* Oct. 27: Gator Run 5-K, St. Paul's School for Girls, 8 a.m., 494-8649; Sri Chinmoy 2-miler, Patterson Park, 9 a.m., 467-3223.
* Oct. 28: Sinai Fitness 5-miler, Painter's Mill, 9 a.m.; Baugher's 10/20-K, Westminster, 8 a.m., 857-5154; Deer Creek 10-K, Rocks, 9 a.m., 692-6448; Key School 10-K, Annapolis, 9 a.m., 263-8120; Rockville 10-K, Montgomery CC, 9 a.m., 353-0200; Alzheimer's Walk 5-miler, 9 a.m., 435-4933; Wild Goose Chase 10-K, Talbot County YMCA, 9:30 a.m.; Cape Cod Marathon.
* Nov. 4: Asthma 5-miler, Inner Harbor, 9 a.m., 882-5455; BRRC kids' cross country and mini marathon 5-K, Goucher College, 9 a.m., 882-4353; Marine Corps Marathon, Washington; New York City Marathon.