January to March (5K to 50K) is Snowflake time

RUNNING

January 22, 1991|By Michael Reeb

Some road-running clubs, such as the Baltimore Road Runners, spread their championship series over a year; others, such as the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club in Harford County, concentrate their races in a season.

Four races into its Snowflake Series, which began with the St. Mary's Six on Jan. 1 and will conclude with the Hinte-Anderson Trail 50K on March 24, RASAC held the Hickory 7-Miler on Saturday.

For being a relatively small club of about 250 members, RASAC is not short on diversity. The Snowflake Series includes two 5Ks, a 5-miler, a 5.88 miler, a 6.1-miler, three 10Ks, a 7-miler and a 50K (31 miles).

Margaret Cooper, who runs almost every race that RASAC puts on, says she runs in the Snowflake Series partly for training and partly for fellowship. In the series for three years, she won the women's division of the Hickory in 48 minutes, 38 seconds.

"I had been running for years," Cooper said. "Someone told me about one of the [Snowflake Series] races, and I just got started from there."

For fourth-place finisher Steve Boutilier, it has been tougher to make this year's series.

"Last year, I ran an awful lot of the races," said Boutilier, who finished in 47:54. "This year, this is my first one. I hope to work in a few more, though."

The top finishers:

Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 41:02; 2. Jeff Hinte, 41:30; 3. Dave Starnes, 44:51; 4. Steve Boutilier, 47:54; 5. John Jagde, 47:59; 6. John Sliger, 49:10; 7. Bernie Gemmill, 49:35; 8. Tom Carey, 50:00; 9. Steven Miknis, 50:14; 10. Phil Anderson, 50:26.

Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 48:38; 2. Betty Tucker, 57:46; 3. Lydia Johnson, 57:52; 4. Margaret Smith, 60:02; 5. Marjy Rawle, 67:45.

NOTES: Robert Yara of Cockeysville won Sunday's Bermuda Marathon. Yara said he took the lead at about 16 miles, fell apart at 19, but held on to take the $1,500 first-place prize. . . . Montgomery County Road Runners Joyce Albro, Mark Baugh, Sue Cain, Don Carter and Richie Weiss ran the Chicago Marathon as the "MCRRC Distant Runners" and finished second. Team Etonic was first. . . . Bruce Holtman of Baltimore has been ranked sixth for six-day races and 17th for 48-hour races in 1990 by Ultrarunning magazine.

James Pryde and Joy Glass won their divisions of the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Long Green Valley 6-Miler at the Boordy Vineyards Sunday. There were 76 finishers. The top runners:

BRRC Long Green Valley 6-Miler

At Boordy Vineyards

Males: 1. James Pryde, 37, 33:10; 2. David Webster, 38, 34:52; 3. Rick Bingham, 36, 35:40; 4. Henry Busetti, 39, 36:01; 5. NA, 36:12; 6. James Barrett, 28, 36:17; 7. Andrew Oken, 29, 37:08; 8. J. Tobin, 45, 37:14; 9. Bob Paulus, 39, 37:50; 10. Bruce Batchelor, 29, 38:54. Masters: 1. Tobin.

Females: 1. Joy Glass, 36, 39:33; 2. Edie Tress, 40, 42:44; 3. Annette Boman, 24, 43:06; 4. Christy St. Clair, 42, 45:12; 5. Laura Pitts, 52, 47:00; 6. Judith Taylor, 47, 48:24; 7. Sandy Buck, 44, 49:39; 8. Lucy Buxton, 39, 51:30; 9. Mary Stein-Cascio, 34, 51:43; 10. Dee Reever, 42, 52:44. Masters: 1. Tress.

Upcoming:

Saturday, WRRC Bear Run 4-Miler, Pleasant Valley, 9 a.m., 857-2402.

Saturday, MCRRC Frosty Four, Rockville, 9 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Sunday, RASAC North Harford Loop, North Harford H.S., 9 a.m., 836-1784.

Sunday, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 2 p.m., 730-4499.

* RASAC Snowflake Series

The remaining races in the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Snowflake Series, with numbers to call for information:

* North Harford Loop 10K, North Harford High School, 9 a.m., 836-1784.

* Friends 5-Miler, Forest Hill, 9 a.m., 879-9812.

* Paradise 10K, Aberdeen, 9 a.m., 272-4775.

* Kielbasa 6.1-Miler, Harford Estates, 9 a.m., 838-9423.

* Polar Bear 5K, Street, 9 a.m., 836-1784.

* HAT 50K, Havre de Grace, 9 a.m., 879-7679.

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