Most road races, unlike cross country events, are geared to individual competition.
There are exceptions, of course: In the Brighton Dam Challenge, the Howard County Striders and Montgomery County Road Runners fight for territorial bragging rights, and the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club issues an all-comers team challenge each year in the John F. Kennedy 50-Miler.
But come Feb. 23, the team is the thing when the District of Columbia-Maryland chapter of the Road Runners Club of America holds its annual Ten-Mile Team Challenge at Howard Community College.
"We'll probably have between eight and 10 different clubs," John Wheatland, the coordinator of the race and a member of the Howard County Striders, said last week. "The clubs that have traditionally participated are the Baltimore Road Runners, the Howard County Striders, the Annapolis Striders, the Montgomery Road Runners Club, RASAC, the Frederick Steeplechasers, the D.C. Road Runners, the Queen City Striders and the Prince George's Running Club."
Baltimore will be defending its overall title, as well as its men's and women's championships, but Wheatland expects the competition to be stiff. RASAC has scheduled a club-wide 10-mile tuneup two weeks prior to the team championship.
To qualify for the overall title, all members of the team must be RRCA members, and the team must have 12 male and three female finishers. However, a team may compete in only the male or female division.
The race will begin and finish on the campus of Howard Community College. Entry fee is $5 for RRCA members, and registration begins at 6:30 the morning of the race.
For further information, call the Howard County Striders hotline at (410) 964-1998.
NOTES: The American Running & Fitness Association in Bethesda maintains a running shoe database that is designed to match runners with proper shoes. Runners can utilize it by sending $1 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (5postage) to American Running & Fitness Association, 9310 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Md. 20814. For information, call (301) 897-0197.
The Baltimore Road Runners Club will hold its fifth annual Bull & Oyster Roast/Dance on April 26 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Hall. Tickets are $22 per person if purchased before April 19. . . . The Howard County Striders will present a Finish Line Seminar at Owen Brown Community Center on March hTC 18 at 7:30 p.m. The seminar will feature speakers who will discuss finish-line procedures and race management. For information, call Warren Ohlrich at (410) 381-0189. . . . The ninth annual Columbia Triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) will be held on May 31. The race will serve at the Mid-Atlantic Tri-Fed Championship. For information, contact Robert Vigorito at (410) 730-3880. . . . Bob McCubbin, 31, of Westminster finished 15th in 3:06:04 in Sunday's Great Valley Marathon in Chambersburg, Pa. . . . The weekend's top finishers:
RASAC Hickory 7-miler At Hickory Males: 1. Jeff Hinte, 42:11; 2. J. Tobin, 45:08; 3. Ed Geisendaffer, 4. Stan Cummins, 46:40; 5. Mike Dougherty, 47:43.
Females: 1. Lucy Howard, 52:43; 2. Celide Barnes Koerner, 59:13; 3. Laura Smith, 59:31.
WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K At Westminster Males: 1. David Webster, 39, 17:41; 2. Eric Gyaki, 43, 18:41; 3. Jim Holford, 16, 18:56; 4. Roger Kilgore, 48, 19:03; 5. Randy Wykoff, 36, 19:19; 6. Gary Honeman, 36, 19:22; 7. Dean Siedlecki, 35, 19:31; 8. Skip Fennell, 47, 19:32; 9. Harry Jones, 42, 19:55; 10. Jim Bullock, 49, 19:56. Masters: 1. Gyaki.
Females: 1. Judi Bullock, 45, 23:06; 2. Dee Nelson, 48, 23:40; 3. Sue Glover, 39, 23:57; 4. Liuda Galinaitis, 34, 25:59; 5. Chris Reese, 40, 27:37. Masters: 1. Bullock.
Sunday, RASAC North Harford Loop 10K, North Harford High School, 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.
Sunday, WRRC Bear Run Four-Miler, Westminster, noon, (410) 848-8332.
Sunday, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
Feb. 1, Memorial 5-miler, Shippensburg, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 264-3775.
Feb. 2, RASAC Friends 5-miler, Bel Air, 9 a.m., (410) 879-9812.
Feb. 2, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
Feb. 8, Bare Hills Club Indoor Triathlon (10-minute row, 10-minute cycle, 1-mile run), Bare Hills Athletic Club, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., 882-6103.
Feb. 9, RASAC Tuneup for Md-DC Club championship 10-miler, Aberdeen, 9 a.m., (410) 272-4775.
Feb. 9, Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon (2 run, 13 bike, 1 run), Hereford Middle School, 9 a.m., (410) 882-6103.
Feb. 9, Hampton Coliseum Half-Marathon, 5K, Hampton, Va., 1 p.m., (804) 727-6140.
Feb. 9, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
Feb. 9, WRRC Treat Shop Eight-Mile Shuttle Relay, Westminster, 2 p.m., (410) 848-4562.