Entering half-marathons good first step

RUNNING

October 06, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

If November is marathon season, then September and October are the times for half-marathons.

The Philadelphia Distance Run, the East Coast's premier half-marathon, kicked off the flurry of 13.1-mile runs in early September. In the area, the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Harmony Half-Marathon, held nine days ago, and the Westminster Road Runners Club's Bachman Valley Half-Marathon, held Sunday, kept up the pace.

There is good reason for the abundance of half-marathons at this time of year. They are a good step in a runner's marathon training program, they provide the opportunity to run at a competitive pace after months of long-distance running, and -- for first-time marathoners -- they serve as a good barometer of what it's like to run in a longer-distance event.

Chris Ciamarra, who won the 10th annual Bachman Valley Half-Marathon in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 47 seconds, subscribes to that line of thinking.

"I'm trying to get in a good half-marathon to get ready for the Marine Corps Marathon," said Ciamarra after he finished the run through the rolling hills of Carroll County three minutes off Scott Douglas' year-old course record of 1:08:40.

Ciamarra, a fifth-year senior at the University of Maryland, gradually is increasing his running. He ran cross country and track at College Park before his eligibility was exhausted. En route, he recorded personal records of 30:24 on the track and 30:56 on the roads at 10 kilometers.

His next step was this year's Annapolis Ten-Mile Run, in which he ran 51:45 and finished fourth. From there, it was Bachman Valley, his first half-marathon. Next, hopefully, will be Marine Corps, which would be his first marathon.

"It's something I've always wanted to do -- just the thought of running a marathon and being able to last 26 miles and then being able to talk about it," Ciamarra, 21, said.

In the women's division of the Bachman Valley, Aileen Hannigan, 31, finished first in 1:24:01 and beat Pat Milleson's 5-year-old course record of 1:24:20. Hannigan, too, plans on running the Marine Corps.

` The top finishers:

Males: 1. Chris Ciamarra, 21, 1:11:47; 2. Roger Howell, 32, 1:16:58; 3. Mike Flaherty, 36, 1:18:34; 4. Don Nichter, 35, 1:19:19; 5. David Schlesinger, 22, 1:19:56; 6. Tom Smith, 44, 1:20:24; 7. Bill Peeling, 36, 1:21:05; 8. David Gouge, 34, 1:21:21; 9. Michael Ferrante, 32, 1:21:59; 10. Karryn Brandt, 35, 1:22:00. Masters: 1. Smith.

Females: 1. Aileen Hannigan, 31, 1:24:01; 2. Ann Meckley, 38, 1:37:29; 3. Abby Glassberg, 32, 1:41:24; 4. Sharon Sterbis, 26, 1:43:35; 5. Kathleen Malone, 23, 1:45:40; 6. Joanne Picardi, 28, 1:46:17; 7. Debra Kocay, 35, 1:47:22; 8. Patricia Brooks, 42, 1:49:31; 9. Jenny Thrasher, 19, 1:56:03; 10. Judi Bullock, 46, 1:57:31. Masters: 1. Brooks.

Miscellaneous

Baltimorean Lyn Brooks, who has the most consecutive

finishes for

women in the Ironman Triathlon with 12, will compete in her 13th straight Saturday in Hawaii. . . . Area finishers in last Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon at Minneapolis/St. Paul: Fay Bradley, 54, Washington, 2:47; Chet Coates, 52, Silver Spring, 3:43:34; Jesse Henighan, 47, Baltimore, 4:15:33. . . . Masters extraordinaire Dave Lowe is sidelined for six weeks with a pulled hamstring. . . . The week's top finishers:

SATURDAY

The Great Allegany Run 15K, 5K At Cumberland 15K: Males -- 1. Terry Croyle, 46:29; 2. Gregg Cavaliere, 47:34; 3. Greg Holder, 47:37. Masters: 1. Anthony Grier, 50:12. Females -- 1. Maria Pazarentzos, 52:29; 2. Donna Moore, 53:03; 3. Carol Schultze, 54:13. Masters: 1. Cheryl Silverio, 55:54.

5K: Males -- 1. Justin Nave, 16:14; 2. Maurice Pointer, 16:52; 3. Wendell Winfield, 16:59. Females -- 1. Tammy Slusser, 17:13 (course record); 2. Tracy Wrenn, 19:28; 3. Cynthia Raley, 20:20.

Sykesville Festival 5K At Sykesville Males: 1. Bob Hugg, 17:13.

Females: 1. Valerie Guilfoil, 21:23.

SUNDAY

Glen Burnie and B&A Trail 7-Miler At Severna Park Males: 1. Bruce Miller, 29, 38:52; 2. Mark Jones, 31, 39:12; 3. Mike Stevens, 30, 40:08; 4. Bruce Chituck, 38, 40:08; 5. Charles Shifflett Jr. 35, 40:16; 6. Matthew Mace, 32, 40:42; 7. Brad Boetig, 17, 41:44; 8. Peter Peterman, 34, 41:54; 9. Michael Ford, 24, 42:20; 10. Eric Gyaki 44 42:23.

Females: 1. Rose Malloy, 44, 42:09; 2. Joy Glass, 38, 45:12; 3. Lori Miller, 26, 45:42; 4. Alice Kalges, 38, 47:27; 5. Penelope Sabatini, 36, 48:52; 6. Kitty Good, 36, 49:15; 7. Minda Whiteman, 34, 50:14; 8. Kyle Wilhelm, 31, 50:23; 9. Roxanna McCarthy, 33, 50:27; 10. Katherine Wittmer, 29, 51:34.

Liberty Road 5-Mile Fire Chase At Randallstown Males: 1. Michael Sterling, 31, 25:55; 2. Harry Goodman, 38, 3. Steve Dillard, 29, 26:39; 4. Neville Anderson, 30, 27:21; 5. Maurice Pointer, 37, 27:27; 6. Kev McLaughlin, 26, 28:34; 7. Howard Chessler, 32, 29:19; 8. Tony Pridgen, 32, 29:28; 9. Dwayne White, 34, 30:12; 10. Andy Meister, 29, 30:15. Masters: Bill Gale, 42, 30:17.

Females: 1. Patrice Malloy, 34, 32:28; 2. Yolanda

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