In keeping with the "People's Marathon" theme of Sunday' Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, this story.
Bob Dobson was a Navy man who was killed in a helicopter crash in Florida earlier this year. Several of Bob's friends got in touch with Bob's mother, Elaine Dobson, in Washington and said they would be coming to D.C. to run in his memory.
Mrs. Dobson casually mentioned it at work -- at the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges -- and a bunch of employees there got together and formed a relay team to cover the entire route in 2-mile bites. They'll be wearing "Bob Dobson Memorial Run" T-shirts, and afterward they'll be guests at an informal gathering at Mrs. Dobson's.
* Antoni Niemczak has to be the marathoner with the worst luck in the history of the event. Last Sunday, at the Chicago Marathon, he got knocked off stride by Martin Pitayo in an all-out sprint to the wire and was pushed back to second place for the sixth time in the last couple years.
Tape shows a definite foul on the part of Pitayo, but this isn't th Olympics and there is rarely a protest procedure in road racing. Ed Eyestone was the first American finisher (fifth place, 2:10:59). In his maiden voyage at the distance, Middletown's Chris Fox did a creditable 2:18:25, beating Art Boileau, a very capable marathoner with about a half-dozen victories under his belt. Aurora Cunha led the women in 2:30:11.
* The winning times turned in by Dave Berardi and Maureen Hall at the Sinai Fitness 5-miler were 24:52 and 29:59 . . . Nate Boyer (34:10) and Margaret Cooper (43:21) prevailed at the Deep Creek 10-K . . . Last Saturday's Gator Run 5-K saw Marge Rosasco (17:21) and Tim Barkdoll (14:30) leading the pack . . . In Westminster, Dan Spencer (76:50), Kathy Harju (1:45:47), Roger Kilgore (41:04) and Liuda Galinaitis (48:53) won the 20-K and 10-K events, respectively.
* Future book: Application blanks and sponsor sheets are in thrunning stores for the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 8-K, Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hunt Valley Mall . . . The Dundalk (CC) 10-K on Nov. 18 will benefit the Bo Lapetina Scholarship Fund . . . The Nov. 17 No Frills Biathlon will go from the Manor Tavern (Old York and Manor roads) Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. with a 3-mile run, an 18-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run.
* Three cheers for Oceanside! The California community stepped forward and told the folks in San Diego they could run through the town, thus saving the San Diego Marathon. Earlier, Del Mar, Encinitas and Solano Beach had said stay away to an event that draws more than 4,000 runners.
* Greg Coan and Gretchen Triantos took the Rockville 10-K i32:05 and 37:22, respectively . . . John Glidewell, one of the great names in road racing, took a 10-K in Northern Virginia is 31:15 . . . Put a DCRRC 10-K in the win column for John McGrail (32:08).
* Mike Pigg, winner of the Baltimore Triathlon in June, captured the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon over the weekend by just three seconds over Scott Tinley . . . Leonardo Reyes (43:57) and Lesley Welch (50:06) beat up on a classy field at the prestigious Tulsa 15-K, with Mark Plaajes and Patty Murray getting the runner-up spots . . . No, the Konrad Dobler who took the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:13:29 is not the former St. Louis Cardinals offensive guard who used to bite and kick people.
* Saturday: A Place for Your Pace, Ashland Rec Trail, 8 a.m.
* Sunday: Kids Classic cross country, Goucher College, 9 a.m.; RASAC 5-mile trail run, Susquehanna State Park, 9 a.m.; Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, 9 a.m.; New York City Marathon, 10:30 a.m., ABC-TV.