The Baltimore Road Runners Club kicked off a week of Fourth of July celebratory running with the Yankee Doodle Dash 4-Miler Sunday at Lake Montebello.
The running festivities continue this week with the Dundalk Heritage 6K Independence Day Dash, the Kingsville Firecracker 5K and the Arbutus Firecracker 10K, all on Saturday, and the Independence 4-Mile Run Sunday at Havre de Grace.
Neville Anderson kicked off what could be a busy week of running for him with a 21-minute, 14-second, first-place finish in the Yankee Doodle Dash. Anderson, who was coming off a Baltimore City Department of Recreation track meet Thursday, usually runs in whatever events he can get to.
"Whatever's coming up," Anderson, 30, said when asked what was next for him. "I ran a track meet Thursday at Forest Park High School. I did 3,000 [meters] in the morning, 3,000 in the afternoon and then 1,500 [meters]."
It's part of his plan to run a marathon this year.
The Yankee Doodle Dash distance seemed to accommodate his style of one-speed running -- all out. It was a surprise when he said that he had been having difficulty with the 5K distance.
"I've run a couple of 5Ks recently," he said. "I'm new to that. The past couple, I've been holding back, and I found out that that was a mistake. Every 10-miler I do, I place well. But I'm still harping on the marathon. That's what I want to do."
His training regimen consists of "steps, a lot of long work and speed work."
"That's about it," said Anderson, who has been logging between 70 and 80 miles a week.