Zoo Zoom course to show more of the zoo

September 15, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Excuse Patrice Malloy if she gets animated about the Zoo Zoom 5-miler and one-mile Kids Fun Run, to take place Sept. 27 at The Baltimore Zoo.

Malloy is an athlete -- a member of the Baltimore Road Runners Club, the Tri-Maryland Triathlon Club and the Ancient Mariners swim team -- who, injury permitting, hopes to compete in the 14th annual run at Druid Hill Park. But she also is marketing and public relations manager for the zoo and, as such, hopes to keep the Zoo Zoom the premier local running event that it has become.

A portion of each entry fee will benefit the white rhino collection in the zoo's new African Watering Hole.

"It [the run] has become more zoo oriented," Malloy said last week. "Two years ago, the kids run went around the [Druid Hill reservoir] lake but never touched the zoo.

"Last year, we wanted to show more of the runners the entire zoo, and we ran a portion of the race on a boardwalk down by the African Watering Hole. And this year, the kids will be able to do that."

Registered runners will receive passes that will enable them to tour the zoo after the race. Zoo Zoom runners will receive long-sleeved T-shirts.

"Because I'm a runner and doing these things all the time, I want to make it the best possible event that we can. I want the Zoo Zoom to be family oriented, and I want to have the kids involved," said Malloy, 33, who has finished second in the Bennett Institute run, second in the Dundalk Independence 6K and third in the Five-Smiler run this year.

Currently, she is suffering from shin splints received back-packing in the Rocky Mountains this summer. But she is swimming every morning with the Ancient Mariners and wants to be on course for the Zoo Zoom.

"We let the animals out of their interior enclosures to watch the runners," Malloy said. "The only ones we don't let out are the ones that would be startled by them."

Race applications are available at the Hess Running Center at Towson Town Center or by calling The Baltimore Zoo at (410) 396-7102.

Miscellaneous

Area finishers and members of the Harbor City Striders who competed in Saturday's Lee District 10K cross country run in Alexandria, Va.: Neville Anderson 35 minutes, 27 seconds (first place, course record); Stephen Dillard, 37:29; Anderson Ward, 54:20. . . . The tentative date for the third annual North Central Trail Marathon is Nov. 28. For information, call the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Hotline at (410) 323-7860. . . . The BRRC's fall dance is scheduled for Nov. 7 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Columbus Gardens. For information, call (410) 882-5455. . . . For information on the Bill Brown Youth Cross Country Series, a program that will begin in October and will feature age-group competition, call Bill Blewett at (410) 879-2168

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