The Chicago Marathon was run a couple of weeks ago. The Marine Corps and New York City runs went last Sunday. This weekend, it's on to nationals in Columbus, Ohio, and the lead guy can gain a spot on next year's World Championships team. It's quite obvious all these marathons being jammed in together isn't helping anyone, and the state of American distance running is already a mess.
For instance, Ed Eyestone ran fifth in Chicago (2:10:59), which, if he could have done the same thing in the Big Apple, would have put him well ahead of the field. Ken Martin ran New York and dropped after 18 miles. These two are probably the best in the U.S.
So what do the runners think of the lowly state of U.S. marathoning? "I'm sick of talking about it," Martin says. So there you have it: If the athletes aren't embarrassed, why should we be?
* Old marathoners never die, they . . . Bobby Doyle, the gent who took the Rhode Island Marathon for the seventh time the other day in 2:27:57, captured the Washington's Birthday event here years ago and once did 2:12 and change in Boston.
* Masters marvel John Campbell had an interesting start to his day in New York. A motorcycle policeman escorting buses to the starting line was flipped off his bike, and bus No. 2 rammed into bus No. 1. Campbell was standing in the aisle of one of the buses and was thrown around like a rag doll, escaping injury. "Good warmup," said the New Zealander, who finished fifth overall with an over-40 record of 2:14:34.
* Ken Carnes won the wheelchair division in the Marine Corps Marathon the second year running in 1:40:22, beating out Ken Archer. It was Carnes' 11th marathon this year . . . An oddity: The male and female victors in D.C., Matt Waight (2:21:32) and Olga Markova (2:37:00), were both first-time winners.
* Some Marine Marathon times of locally known runners:
Britni Jacobson, 3:20:58, tops in the women's under-20 division; Barry Holder, third in 2:26:45; Mark Cucazzella, 2:31:52; Jack Clelland, 2:32:22; Lucious Anderson, 2:32:38; Dom Daluz, 2:35:48; Steve Smith, 2:39:09; Mike Santoni, 2:40:02; John McGrail, 2:41:04; Mike Driscoll, 2:41:08; Troy Jacobson, 2:43:03; Marc Deleo, 2:43:08; Rose Malloy, 2:58:11; Stacey Nicholson, 3:04:44; Janice Torpey, 3:08:42; Barbara Field, 3:55:54, first in 55-59 category.
* Bob Yara (15:23) and Mary Ann Zuckerman (20:11) took the BRRC 5-K at Goucher College last weekend . . . The club has scrubbed the masters' 8-miler at Loch Raven Nov. 18.
* Some New York times of local note:
Jeff Delauter, 2:34:03; Ronnie Wong, 3:38:54; Jill Mottus, completing her 20th NYC, 3:51:45; Henry Busetti, 3:01; Fred Goetzke, 2:48; Kerryn Brandt, 3:15; Mary Barlow, 3:26:33; Dave Lowe, 2:47:11; Denise Trujillo, 3:58; Burt King, 4:02:20; Tom Barnes, 4:16; Tom Marks, 4:16.
* North Dakota didn't have a man or woman run in New York. There were no women from Idaho, Wyoming or Montana, either. For shame! . . . A couple of guys from Rockport (the shoe company) ran the New York Marathon in wingtips and reported no ill effects.
* "Transitions," a publication for triathlete types put out by the Tri-Maryland Club, hopes to have its first issue ready by Dec. 15 . . . Steve Spence (No. 5), Ed Eyestone (No. 7) and Mark Curp (No. 8) are the only Americans in the top 10 of all competitors in U.S. road racing. Meanwhile, Cathy O'Brien, Judi St. Hilaire and Lynn Jennings are 1-2-3 among the women.
Saturday: York (Pa.) White Rose Run 5-K, 9 a.m., (717) 334-7456; Otterdale Mill 5-miler, Taneytown, 8 a.m., 756-4369; Hog Neck 5-miler, Pasadena, 8:30 a.m., 268-1165; A Place for Your Pace, Ashland Rec Trail, 8 a.m.
* Sunday: Turkey Run 5-K, Lutherville, 9 a.m., 882-5455; Tucker 10-K, Churchville, 9 a.m., 939-4679; HCS Fall Series, Thunder Elementary School, Columbia, 2 p.m.
* Nov. 17: JFK 5-mile hike-run, Boonsboro, 7 a.m., 790-3958; No Frills Biathlon, Manor Tavern, 10 a.m., 882-6103.
* Nov. 18: Dundalk 10-K, Dundalk CC, 8 a.m.; MADD Classic 8-K, Rockville, 9 a.m., (703) 264-0439.