Joe Chamberlin had done a 4-mile training run at Herring Run Park earlier Saturday morning, but there he was an hour later, circling Lake Montebello at a somewhat slower pace.
And it wasn't as a warm-up to the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Santa's Sack 6-Miler that would take off at 9:30. It was to accompany 2 1/2 -year-old son John Kirk Chamberlin on his debut on the road-running circuit. A host of other children, assorted elves, fun runners and walkers, and Santa Claus himself, also were on hand for the BRRC's annual Santa's Sack Run, a fun run around the lake.
"We only live a mile away [from Lake Montebello], so we decided to come over," Joe Chamberlin, a member of the BRRC for 15 years "off and on," said.
Bailey St. Clair donned a beard as "white as the snow" but, being a veteran marathoner, skipped the "little round belly that shook . . . like a bowl of jelly." In keeping with the festivities, he, too, was keeping a slower pace.
"I did the 1.35-mile loop [around the lake] in 14:25. Some of you guys do two [loops] in that," St. Clair said to no one in particular.
"His time was slow because he was pulling the eight reindeer this time," Ed Hewitt said.
"This is a place for joggers, baby joggers, cyclists and aerobic joggers," a bicyclist headed in the other direction said.
Joe Chamberlin, 44, is a veteran runner who did the Maryland Marathon in 1979 and 1981 and the Marine Corps Marathon in 1983. But on this day, he was the first to agree.
"I'm a slogger, not a jogger," he said, son John Kirk riding his shoulders to the finish line.
* Robert Yara and Mary Ann Zuckerman won the BRRC's Santa's Sack 6-miler that followed the fun run. Second-place finisher Thomas Brown kept Yara company for the first 4 miles before Yara, who has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, pulled away.
"It's tough when you get older," Yara, 35, said. "It takes you longer to warm up. But this was my third quality run this week."
Yara is getting ready for either the Houston Marathon or one in the Philippines.
The top finishers:
Males: 1. Robert Yara, 35, 31:20; 2. Thomas Brown, 21, 31:46; 3. Bill Desmond, 39, 32:03; 4. Murray Chesno, 19, 32:50; 5. Nathan Boyer, 29, 33:00; 6. Neville Anderson, 29, 33:44; 7. Michael Stevens, 28, 34:05; 8. Dave Lowe, 43, 34:10; 9. Kevin Hewitt, 18, 34:11; 10. Maurice Pointer, 35, 34:43. Masters: 1. Lowe.
Females: 1. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 43, 41:03; 2. Carolyn Bouma, 30, 41:24; 3. Sally McCoy, 31, 41:50; 4. Pam Garrettson, 24, 44:22; 5. Christy St. Clair, 42, 45:03. Masters: 1. Zuckerman.
* Charles Torpey is no stranger to coaching. He has coached at the University of Maryland. The last two springs, Topey, 37, coached track and field at Springbrook High School, and this fall, he coached cross country at Wilde Lake. Still, Dec. 16 has to rank as one of his more memorable coaching assignments.
The Athletics Congress chose him as coach of the United States women's team for the World 1990 International Ediden in Japan -- the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 1990 World Championships.
Torpey accompanied Rosalind Taylor, whom he coaches, and Maria Pazarentzos, the women's alternate, to Japan for the six-leg relay. Taylor ran the fifth leg, a 5.195-kilometer run, in 17:39 en route to the U.S. women's fifth-place finish.
"It was a great experience," Torpey said Sunday. "The whole men's race was on TV without interruption. After a break, the whole women's race was shown on tape without interruption. That's unheard of in the U.S."
* Zuckerman made it 2-for-2 over the weekend when she won the women's division of the Westminster Road Runners Club's Dancer Dash 10K on Sunday. The top finishers:
Males: 1. David Webster, 37, 34:47; 2. Bill Stahr, 30, 34:54; 3. Derek Johnston, 19, 35:37; 4. Ted Poulos, 29, 37:53; 5. Michael Albert, 17, 38:16; 6. Roger Kilgore, 47, 38:42; 7. Jim MacDonald, 31, 38:58; 8. Eric Gyaki, 42, 39:27; 9. Frank Schaeffer, 39, 41:22; 10. Paul Thompson, 44, 41:36. Masters: 1. Kilgore.
Females: 1. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 43, 42:50; 2. Lori Poulos, 28, 49:03; 3. Liuda Galinaitis, 33, 51:55; 4. Elsa Thompson, 40, 54:42; 5. Dotty Esher, 44, 55:20. Masters: 1. Zuckerman.
Saturday, Annapolis Striders' Anniversary Run, St. John's College, 11 a.m., 268-1165.
Sunday, BRRC Predicted Time 8-miler, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., 566-7862.
Sunday, WRRC Winfield Mile, Winfield, noon, 876-7852.
Sunday, MCRRC Jingle Bell Jog 12K, Kensington, 9 a.m., 353-0200.
Monday, Moet Midnight Run 5-miler, New York Central Park, midnight, (212) 737-7480.
Tuesday, HCS Resolution Run 8K, Centennial Lake, 10 a.m., 730-4499.
Tuesday, RASAC St. Mary's 6-miler, St. Mary's, 11 a.m.
Jan. 5, Sri Chinmoy 2-mile fun run, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., 467-3223.
Jan. 5, Charlotte Observer Marathon, 10K, Charlotte, N.C., (704) 379-6896.
Jan. 12, USRA Masters Circuit National Championship 8K, Naples, Fla., (407) 647-2918.
Jan. 13, WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Westminster, noon, 857-5154.
Jan. 13, Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon (3.5 run, 15 bike), Salisbury, 10 a.m., 882-6103.