At a time of the year when many runners choose to rest before they gear up for the spring season, James Pryde was in search of a road race.
Coming off a 15-minute, 56-second, first-place finish in the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Holiday Run 5K nine days ago, Pryde wanted to cap off an impressive year in which he took first in The Great Subway 10-miler and recorded a personal-record 2:34 in the Marine Corps Marathon.
"I couldn't decide whether to run in the [Annapolis Striders' Anniversary Run] 15K or the [Baltimore Road Runners] club's 10-mile championship," Pryde said Saturday. "I'm just trying to stay race-strong."
Pryde opted for the Striders' 13th Anniversary Run 15K and, en route, got a scenic run through Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis and a strong challenge from upstart Dave Wall, who finished second.
"He was 20 yards behind me at 4 miles," said Pryde, who finished first in 52:11. "I thought to myself, 'He must be a 5K or 5-mile guy.' "
As he so frequently is, he was right on the mark. Wall runs cross country and specializes in 5,000 meters in outdoor track at UMBC. From Pryde -- 20 years his senior -- Wall, 18, got a lesson in distance running.
"When you threw in that surge [at 4 miles], I just said: 'Goodbye. See you at the finish line,' " said Wall, who comes from a family of runners. His grandfather John ran in the 5,000 meters at the 1936 Olympic Games, and the Annapolis Striders honor his memory each summer with a 1-mile track run.
For his part, Pryde was glad to get in a good workout.
"It's the first time I've been in this good a shape at this time of the year," he said.
Part of the reason he is in that kind of shape is because he trains several times a week with Bel Air neighbor Jim O'Keefe, who won the North Central Trails Marathon a year ago and, although racing less frequently, still keeps his competitive form. Pryde also does speed intervals at Johns Hopkins with members of the BRRC race team.
"I usually go over to Hopkins on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Jeff Sanborne and those guys," Pryde said. "A lot of people go over to the track because they keep the lights on."
As for the Quiet Waters Park course, where the Striders moved their Anniversary Run last year, he said: "It was a little slow because of the number of turns, but I like the scenery."
In the female division of the Anniversary Run, Cindy Silate, a senior at Glen Burnie High who hopes to receive at appointment to the Naval Academy, finished first in 1:05:43.
She is Wall's girlfriend.
The top runners among the 115 finishers:
Males: 1. James Pryde, 38, 52:11.95; 2. Dave Wall, 18, 54:24; 3. Reuben Beauchamp, 45, 55:09; 4. Todd Unger, 23, 56:02; 5. Tom Prendki, 35, 56:36; 6. Edward Purpura, 38, 57:11; 7. Paul Serra, 35, 57:21; 8. Bill Conroy, 48, 57:31; 9. Matt Mace, 31, 57:51; 10. Tom Rich, 33, 58:23. Masters: 1. Beauchamp.
Females: 1. Cindy Silate, 17, 1:05:43; 2. Kimberly Kruse, 27, 1:07:42; 3. Meredith Bonta, 46, 1:09:08; 4. Kitty Good, 35, 1:09:48; 5. Linda Shanklin, 44, 1:10:56; 6. Jennifer Lundeen, 31, 1:11:33; 7. Judith Taylor, 48, 1:14:53; 8. Ann Foster, 41, 1:15:20; 9. Deborah Rich, 28, 1:15:30; 10. Muffet Chatterton, 47, 1:16:48. Masters: 1. Bonta.
BRIEFLY: The first marathon to cross the Hong Kong-China border will be held on Feb. 9. The Reebok/KCRC Hong Kong-China (Shenzhen) Marathon 1992 has the backing of the LTC governments in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, a Chinese city bordering Hong Kong. It will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fanling Sports Ground in the New Territories in Hong Kong; participants will then run north to the border at Lok Ma Chau, to Huang Gang in Shenzhen and round the outskirts of the city to finish outside the Shenzhen Sports Centre. The organizers are offering any overseas runner an all-expenses-paid trip to Hong Kong, if his time is below 2:20 or her time is below 2:48. Booking forms are available from the Hong Kong Tourist Association in New York.
For information on The Mind and Body Workshop, a six-week training course, contact Brad Jaeger at (410) 882-6103. . . . Sunday's best finishes:
BRRC Father Time Frolic 6-miler
1. Charlie McGill, 55:12 predicted time, 55:06 actual time; 2. David Witte, 43:08, 43:01; 3. Brian Lee, 43:30, 43:22; 4. Chris St. Clair, 39:00, 38:50; 5. Charlie Reynolds, 41:50, 42:09; 6. Bill Diegel, 48:03, 48:22.
Tomorrow, RASAC St. Mary's 6-Miler, Bel Air, 11 a.m., (410) 638-0235.
Saturday, Sri Chinmoy 2-Mile Race, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., (410) 467-3223.
Sunday, BRRC Frozen Finger 5-Miler, Hunt Valley, 9 a.m., 323-RUN0.
Jan. 11, MCRRC Winter Flower Run, 6 miles, Rockville, 8:30 a.m.Jan. 12, BRRC 10-mile championship, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., 323-RUN0.
Jan. 12, Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon (3.5 run, 14.5 bike), Salisbury, 10 a.m., 882-6103.
Jan. 18, Queen City Striders' Winter Desire 5-Mile Dash, True Grit 10-Miler, Big Run State Park, Garrett County.
Jan. 19, WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Westminster, noon, (410) 857-5154.
Jan. 26, WRRC Bear Run Four-Miler, Westminster, noon.