Midnight revelers can run in 1992 Central Park 5-miler is set for 13th time

RUNNING

December 24, 1991|By Michael Reeb

Excuse George Hirsch if he gets a bit animated when he talks about the Runner's World Midnight Run.

Hirsch is the founder, organizer, director -- and sometime runner in -- the New York Road Runners Club's annual 5-mile midnight trek through Central Park. In its 13th year, the Midnight Run has grown from a field of 2,000 to 5,000, including runners from 37 states and 10 nations. Along the way, it has attracted world-class runners.

"Almost invariably, there's a very good runner [in the field]," Hirsch, 57, the publisher of Runner's World, says. "We've had Rod Dixon. Last year, we had Lynn Jennings."

But it is the fellowship and good times that Hirsch is proudest of.

"This is one of those races most people don't go for the fast times," he says. "They're there for the good times.

"It's an idea I got a little over 13 years ago. I just thought we should do something special for New Year's Eve. Most people I knew were always saying they had big expectations for New Year's Eve but it would never live up to them.

"It's kind of fun and casual, but it's turned into a spectacular event. The race isn't started by a gun but by the fireworks over Central Park. It's turned into one of those great New Year's Eve traditions. I know the race has been imitated elsewhere."

Of the Midnight Run, Fred Lebow, director of the New York City Marathon, says: "Of all the races we put on, none offers such a good time for the rank-and-file runners as the Midnight Run."

The run encourages its participants to dress up in the spirit of the night.

"We've continued to add novelty to the event over the years," Hirsch says. "The best feature now is the costumes. At first, people just started to show up in costumes, but now, we have costume judging at 11:30 p.m., preceding the race."

For information of the Midnight Run, call the New York Road Runners Club at (212) 860-4455.

Out-of-town runners may sign up for the run at the NYRRC headquarters, 15 E. 89th St., the day of the event. The race, which gives black long-sleeved T-shirts emblazoned with a fireworks display, starts and finishes at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park.

*

BRIEFLY: In the latest statistics released by The Athletics bTC Congress, 2 area runners are in the top 10 for qualifying times for the Olympic Marathon U.S. Men's Trials in Columbus, Ohio. Steve Spence, of Chambersburg, Pa., is in third place with the first-place 2:12:17 in the Columbus Marathon, and Chris Fox, of Hagerstown, is in 10th place with the second-place 2:14:48 he turned in at Columbus. . . . Neville Anderson and Charlotte Thomas won their divisions of the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Santa's Sack Race 6-miler Saturday at Lake Montebello. Thomas' 35:17 time raised a few eyebrows. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

BRRC Santa's Sack Race 6-miler At Lake Montebello Males: 1. Neville Anderson, 30, 32:40; 2. Jason Cox, 19, 32:57; 3. Maurice Pointer, 36, 33:14; 4. John Hecox, 22, 34:14; 5. Rick Bingham, 37, 34:18; 6. Bert Booth, 33, 34:55; 7. Bill Peeling, 36, 35:05; 8. Ed Harte, 33, 35:36; 9. Bob McCubbin, 31, 36:46. Masters: 1. Bill Desmond. Females: 1. Charlotte Thomas, 35, 35:17; 2. Edie Tress, 41, 40:35; 3. Kitty Good, 34, 43:48; 4. Pam Garrettson, 25, 44:13; 5. Christy St. Clair, 43, 44:32; 6. Judith Taylor, 48, 45:43; 7. Jill Keeney, 28, 50:12; 8. Dee Reever, 43, 57:22; 9. Mary Gordon, 41, 57:23; 10. Betsy Crowley Holland, 50, 59:19. Masters: 1. Tress.

SUNDAY RASAC Holiday Run 5K At Bel Air Males: 1. James Pryde, 15:56; 2. Jim Otte, 15:58; 3. Vernon Chavis, 16:02; 4. Mark Bogardy, 16:41; 5. Eric Estrada, 16:43.

Females: 1. Angie Parrish, 20:52; 2. Lydia Johnson, 22:15; 3. Cathy Cosenza, 23:28.

WRRC Dancer Dash 10K At Westminster Males: 1. Jed Poulos, 30, 36:26; 2. Bob McCubbin, 31, 37:49; 3. Roger Kilgore, 48, 39:34; 4. Skip Fennell, 47, 40:09; 5. Jim Bullock, 49, 41:15; 6. Frank Schaeffer, 40, 42:36; 7. Harry Jones, 42, 42:40; 8. David Herlocker, 51, 42:54; 9. Leo Miller, 22, 43:24; 10. Rick Hamilton, 42, 43:32. Masters: 1. Kilgore.

Females: 1. Jenny Caple, 26, 41:32; 2. Christiana Ober, 17, 41:36; 3. Carolyn Stoll, 31, 44:06; 4. Pam Garrettson, 25, 45:20; 5. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 44, 46:07. Masters: 1. Zuckerman.

*

Upcoming:

Saturday, Annapolis Striders' 13th Anniversary 15K Run, Quiet Waters Park, 9 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, BRRC Father Time Frolic, (410) 323-RUN0.

Sunday, MCRRC Jingle Bell Jog 12K, Kensington, 9 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Sunday, WRRC Winfield Mile, South Carroll High School, noon, (410) 876-7852.

Jan. 1, RASAC St. Mary's 6-Miler, Bel Air, 11 a.m., (410) 638-0235.

Jan. 5, BRRC Frozen Finger 5-Miler, 323-RUN0.

Jan. 11, MCRRC Winter Flower Run, 6 miles, Rockville, 8:30 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Jan. 12, BRRC 10-mile championship, 323-RUN0.

Jan. 12, Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon (3.5 run, 14.5 bike), Salisbury, 10 a.m., (410) 882-6103.

Jan. 18, Queen City Striders' Winter Desire 5-Mile Dash, True Grit 10-Miler, Big Run State Park, Garrett County, (301) 359-3770.

Jan. 19, WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Westminster, noon, (410) 857-5154.

Jan. 26, WRRC Bear Run Four-Miler, Westminster, noon, (410) 848-8332.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.