Any season 'tis the season for Howard County series

December 18, 1990|By Michael Reeb

Most training programs are built on daily, incremental runs, but it is difficult to substitute them for race experience. That's one reason why the Howard County Striders' seasonal series are such a good idea.

"We're involved in putting on races 44 to 48 weeks of the year," Howard County Striders president Paul Goldenberg says.

Through the neighborhoods of Longfellow, Thunder Hill and Jeffers Hills, the Striders' 2-mile, 10-kilometer and 15K weekly races -- broken down into fall, winter, spring and summer legs -- allow race experience in a low-key format.

"I used to run these every Sunday. I didn't miss one for five years," said Martin Goode, who won the club's 2-mile run at Longfellow Elementary School Sunday. "But I'm recuperating from knee surgery from four years ago. I use this to try and get some speed in on Sundays."

The format can prove invaluable for the veteran and novice runner alike. It also can prove indispensable when training for a longer run, such as the Marine Corps Marathon or the Striders' Metric Marathon. Or, in Goode's case, in instilling confidence.

"The knee injury really humbled me," said Goode, the cross country and track coach at Mount Hebron. "It took me from the front of the pack to the middle of the pack."

For information on the series, call Ray Ramey at 461-5212.

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Briefly: Greg Watson, 24, of Alexandria, Va., and Sandy Ford, 29, of Columbia, won their divisions of the Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon, a 5-mile run and a 15-mile bike at the West Howard Swim Club Sunday. . . . Sunday's results:

Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon

At West Howard Swim Club

Males: 1. Greg Watson, 24, 1:14:54; 2. Kirk Corsello, 23, 1:19:34; 3. Dave Armstrong, 41, 1:27:08; 4. Andrew Oken, 29, 1:27:11; 5. Bob Bolesta, 28, 1:27:47; 6. Scott Barrows, 29, 1:28:16; 7. Ted Stiegler, 29, 1:28:26; 8. Jeff LaBrec, 37, 1:30:11; 9. Kevin Lunney, 14, 1:31:14; 10. Craig Ponton, 25, 1:33:33.

Females: 1. Sandy Ford, 29, 1:35:35; 2. Dolly Ginter, 27, 1:36:10; 3. Julie Caprio, 30, 1:40:09; 4. Sue Neurath, 32, 1:45:01; 5. Jennifer Ramelmeier, 30, 1:46:15; 6. Frances Creamer, 50, 1:54:16; 7. Sandy Stevens, 23, 1:54:43; 8. Martha Lappe, 30, 1:58:55; 9. Janice Chason, 36, 2:00:56; 10. Coleman Horner, 26, 2:03:57.

RASAC Holiday Run 5K

At Bel Air

Males: 1. Paul Walters III, 15:48; 2. Lee Myers, 16:14; 3. Nathan Boyer, 16:32; 4. Eric Strasbaugh, 16:36; 5. Scott Elwood, 16:52; 6. Jeff Hinte, 16:58; 7. Steven Elwood, 17:02; 8. Bill Blewett, 17:05; 9. Kevin Koffenberger, 17:26; 10. Brian Harris, 17:35. Masters: 1. Blewett.

Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 19:30; 2. Donna Lewis, 20:02; 3. Cathleen Cosenza, 22:20; 4. Betty Lou Tucker, 22:27; 5. Kim Fleming, 22:48; 6. Margaret Smith, 24:57; 7. Joy Corsin, 25:40; 8. Marjy Rawle, 26:12; 9. Ann Romagna, 29:18; 10. Jane Weller, 30:24. Masters: 1. Tucker.

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Hitting the wall: The Great Wall Run will be staged April 14-20 on top of and along the Great Wall of China. The 350-mile race, which will be run in stages, will offer $1 million in purses, will begin at the Yellow Sea, continue inland over sections of the wall and finish at the Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing. It is being billed by the International Sports Federation, which is conducting the race, as "the most challenging race ever staged, along the the longest structure ever built, in the world's most populous country." Are you listening, Ronnie Wong?

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Upcoming:

Saturday, BRRC Santa's Sack Race, Lake Montebello, 9 a.m., 566-7862.

Sunday, WRRC Dancer Dash 10K, Westminster, noon, 848-1782.

Dec. 29, Annapolis Striders' Anniversary Run, St. John's College, 11 a.m., 268-1165.

Dec. 30, BRRC Predicted Time 8-miler, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., 566-7862.

Dec. 30, WRRC Winfield Mile, Winfield, noon, 876-7852.

Dec. 30, MCRRC Jingle Bell Jog 12K, Kensington, 9 a.m., 353-0200.

Dec. 31, Moet Midnight Run 5-miler, New York Central Park, midnight, (212) 737-7480.

Dec. 1, HCS Resolution Run 8K, Centennial Lake, 10 a.m., 730-4499.

Jan. 1, RASAC St. Mary's 6-miler, St. Mary's, 11 a.m.

Jan. 5, Charlotte Observer Marathon, 10K, Charlotte, N.C., (704) 379-6896.

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