One of the more interesting road-racing announcements recently received was for the 20th annual Avenue of the Giants Marathon on May 5. Run at Dyerville Bridge, 200 miles north of San Francisco, the run is described by the Six Rivers Running Club as taking place in a "secluded, quiet area. Mostly flat, paved road winding through the redwoods."
"Giant virgin redwoods await you," the club advertises on its entry form. "Enjoy marathoning again."
All of which brings to mind one of the most frequently received running questions in The Sun sports department from conventioneers and tourists to Baltimore: Are there any races taking place this weekend?
One of the more pleasing ways to get to know a city is to run through it. Concertmaster Herb Greenberg ran through much of Europe when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra toured there several years ago. Exotic Marathons in Bethesda is conducting a trip to Cairo, Egypt, for the Pyramids Marathon on Jan. 18.
The latter may be a bit exotic for your tastes, but if you plan to travel, it might be worth a call or note to see what is happening on the roads.
With thanks to Bob Feldman of the Baltimore Road Runners Club, here is a list of some out-of-town running clubs on the East Coast:
* New York Road Runners Club, 9 E. 89th St., New York, N.Y. 10128. Telephone (212) 860-4455.
* Miami Road Runners Club, Tropical Park Stadium, 7920 S.W. 40th St., Miami, Fla. 33155. Tel. (305) 227-1500.
* Richmond Road Runners Club, P.O. Box 8724, Richmond, Va. 23226.
* Lancaster Road Runners Club, P.O. Box 7172, Lancaster, Pa. 17604.
* Chambersburg Road Runners Club, 3345 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.
* York Area Road Runners Club, P.O. Box 2841, York, Pa. 17405.
* Huntsville Track Club, 8811 Edgehill Drive, Huntsville, Ala. 35802.
* Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club, P.O. Box 12304, Albany, N.Y. 12212.
And if you should be traveling to the West Coast come May, the number for the redwoods marathon is (707) 442-3738.
It's your chance to run with giants.
Area finishers in the Charlotte Observer Marathon Saturday: Tim McDermott, 45, Towson, 2 hours, 56 minutes, 31 seconds; Kevin Buonsignore, 26, Parkville, 3:08:06. Buffy Gavigan, 27, Parkville, finished the Charlotte Observer 10K in 39:30. . . . Robert Yara and Edie Tress won their divisions of the BRRC's Frozen Finger 5-Miler at the Stevenson Village Shopping Center on Sunday. There were 115 finishers. . . . The week's top finishers:
BRRC Frozen Finger 5-Miler
At Stevenson Village Shopping Center
Males: 1. Robert Yara, 25:41; 2. Brad Uhlfelder, 26:02; 3. James Pryde, 26:24; 4. William Desmond, 26:30; 5. Ralph Morales, 26:31; 6. Ken Miller, 26:51; 7. Jeff Sanborn, 27:21; 8. Michael Stevens, 27:24; 9. Rick Bingham, 28:37; 10. John Zeigler, 28:41. Masters: 1. Zeigler.
Females: 1. Edie Tress, 34:19; 2. Marybeth Eikenberg, 34:22; 3. Christy St. Clair, 37:40; 4. Teresa Fortkiewicz, 39:13; 5. Marilyn Gould, 40:29; 6. Wilma Roland, 40:32; 7. Jeri Delambo, 41:01; 8. Mary Stein-Cascio, 41:08; 9. Dee Reever, 42:24; 10. Grace Cunningham, 42:28. Masters: Tress.
RASAC North Harford 10K
Males: 1. Jeff Hinte, 37:39; 2. Matt Piotrowski, 38:18; 3. J. Tobin, 39:01; 4. Dave Starnes, 40:45; 5. Mike Dougherty, 41:56.
Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 42:36; 2. Kim Fleming, 50:52; 3. Margaret Smith, 52:41; 4. Lydia Johnson, 52:41; 5. Joy Corson, 64:12.
RASAC St Mary's 6-Miler
At Bel Air
Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 32:13; 2. James Pryde, 32:27; 3. Jeff Hinte, 33:57; 4. Doug Lane, 34:19; 5. Dave Starnes, 37:25.
Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 39:14; 2. Donna Lewis, 40:23; 3. Marybeth Eikenberg, 45:35; 4. Kim Fleming, 48:31; 5. Margaret Smith, 53:24.