Holtman juggles training, work schedule

May 21, 1991|By Michael Reeb

By night, he is a stage hand; by day, he is a runner in training; and whenever the opportunity presents itself, Bruce Holtman of Baltimore is an ultramarathoner extraordinaire.

Eight days ago, he finished second in the Sri Chinmoy 7-Day Race in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.; he has an invitation to run in an ultra in the Soviet Union; and come September, he will be doing the Sri Chinmoy 13-Day Race.

Move over, Ronnie Wong.

Holtman does a large part of his training with Wong, Baltimore's other long-distance man with whom he will be running at Flushing Meadows for the 13-day run.

"Right now, we're gearing up for the 13-day race," Holtman, 41, said Sunday. "Since both of us have crazy hours, we're putting in the miles at night."

But it isn't always easy to get in his training miles.

"I have a wife and four kids, so it's hard to shake loose," he said. "I do about 50 or 60 miles a week, but it's tough because of my job.

"Sometimes, I start work at 8 in the morning, but it might take me till 3 the next morning to finish," Holtman, a member of the International Alliance of Stage and Theatrical Employees, said. "We do all the rock concerts at the [Baltimore] Arena and the Capital Centre. Right now, we're gearing up for Merriweather [Post Pavilion]."

In the seven-day run, Holtman completed 512 miles, 38 fewer than Charlie Eidel, who set a race record with 550.

"At the start, I jumped right out in front," Holtman said. "I led for the first 50 miles, which I shouldn't have done. I was shooting for 531 [miles]. I wanted to break the course record, but on the fourth day, I had a bad day. I fell asleep for five hours and only did 56 miles."

That was his low day for the race, but all was not for naught.

"When I was up there, I got an invitation to run in Russia this summer," he said. "If they pay my way and it doesn't interfere with the 13-day race, I'll be there."

*Sunday's top finishers:

BRRC 5-Mile Championship

` At Lake Montebello

Males: 1. William Desmond, 39, 26:33; 2. John Floyd, 23, 26:40; 3. Mark Bogardy, 33, 26:52; 4. Dan Esser, 31, 27:00; 5. Doug Lane, 29, 27:40; 6. Stephen Dillard, 27, 27:41; 7. Michael Stevens, 29, 28:06; 8. Dave Lowe, 44, 28:11; 9. Patrick McNelis, 35, 28:32; 10. Tom Prendki, 34, 28:35. Masters: 1. Lowe.

Females: 1. Marge Rosasco, 43, 29:57; 2. Stacey Nicholson, 28, 30:30; 3. Carol Zimmerman, 32, 31:23; 4. Joy Glass, 36, 31:27; 5. Carolyn Bouma Stoll, 30, 34:09; 6. Edie Tress, 40, 34:11; 7. Cindy Silate, 16, 35:20; 8. Christy St. Clair, 42, 36:23; 9. Ceil Pinney, 26, 37:18; 10. Laura Smith, 38, 37:57. Masters: 1. Tress.

Fallston 5-Miler

At Fallston

Males: 1. Jim Otte, 27:57; 2. Ron Sayers, 29:07; 3. Steve Hoyle, 29:21; 4. Rick Schmidt, 30:22; 5. John Jagde, 32:30.

Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 32:02; 2. Anna Hadbazny, 39:30; 3. Anita Tyler, 40:48.

WRRC Taneytown 5K Prediction Run

At Taneytown

Males: 1. Roger Kilgore, 18:32; 2. Joe Rieban, 18:40; 3. Gary Honeman, 19:27; 4. Alan Billings, 19:58; 5. David Herlocker, 21:13. Predicted time: 1. Honeman, 19:27 actual time (19:30 predicted time); 2. Greg Hadden, 25:47 (26:00); 3. Kilgore, 18:32 (18:15).

MCRRC Lawyers Have Heart 10K

# At Washington, D.C.

Males: 1. Darrell General, 25, 30:45; 2. Jim Hage, 33, 30:58; 3. Dominique DaLuz, 31, 31:47.

Females: 1. Linda Portazik, 30, 36:47; 2. Carol Rose, 29, 38:45; 3. Lynn Graves, 31, 38:52.

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Upcoming:

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.

Saturday, Big Boy Classic 20K, Wheeling, W.Va., 9 a.m., (614) 633-5000.

Sunday, Constellation Classic 10K, 1-mile fun run, Inner Harbor, 8 a.m., 882-5455.

Monday, MCRRC Ekiden Relay, Kensington, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Monday, Bolder Boulder 10K, Boulder, Colo., (303) 444-RACE.

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