Elder hits the roads of the Middle Atlantic area to a variety of distance races

RUNNING

November 10, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

To listen to Roy Elder is to take a tour of road racing stops in the Middle Atlantic area.

"I travel to Charlotte, N.C., for their marathon," Elder said last week. "And I do the Virginia Beach Marathon. And the Colonial Williamsburg Half-Marathon. And the Chambersburg Marathon. I do that one every year. I ran Pittsburgh [marathon] only once. And, of course, I did Harrisburg [marathon] three times. And I do all the 10Ks and 10-milers that come up around here."

In all, Elder, 63, a resident of Bowley's Quarters in Baltimore County, has run 32 marathons.

"I've finished them all," he said. "I've done nine this year, three in the month of October. I get in a lot of mileage."

Elder does an average of two organized races a week and belongs to seven running clubs -- the Chambersburg (Pa.) Running Club, the Hagerstown Running Club, the Annapolis Striders, the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club in Harford County, the Charlottesville (Va.) Track Club, the Martinsburg (W. Va.) Running Club and the Greencastle (Pa.) Run for Fun Club.

Last year, he finished 80 races.

But were it not for running, Elder might not be traveling at all.

He retired from AT&T in 1985 because of poor health.

"I was diagnosed as having angina, high blood pressure and high cholesterol," said Elder, who was put on medication for his problems.

He weighed about 190 pounds at the time; now, he is 140.

"I couldn't do anything when I was on medication," he said. "I took a notion to lose weight and start exercising. I got rid of all of my pills."

Elder is a running endorsement for the virtues of exercise.

"I've had a good life," said Elder, who is sponsored by Nike. "I love to travel and I love the people."

Saturday, he ran the Autumn Leaves 5-miler in Emmitsburg in 38 minutes, 27 seconds, and Sunday, he completed the Ronald McDonald House Ramble 5K at Hunt Valley in 22:33.

In two weeks, he will run the John F. Kennedy 50-miler for the seventh consecutive time.

"I did the 50-miler the first year I was running. It took me 10 hours and 20 minutes," he said. "Now, I have a PR of 9:23."

Miscellaneous

Volunteers are needed for the Northern Central Trail Marathon Nov. 28 at Sparks. For information, call Dave Cooley at (410) 494-8649. . . . Rebecca Canner, 24, of Baltimore finished the New York City Marathon in 3:05, 53nd among female finishers. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

WRRC Otterdale Mill 5-Mile Run

At Taneytown Males: 1. Neal Riemenschneider, 27:12; 2. Bob Hugg, 28:09; 3. Ted Poulos, 28:19; 4. Dave Ramsey, 28:35; 5. Bob Leatherman, 31:03. Masters: 1. Leatherman.

Females: 1. Shannon Hugg, 36:05; 2. Kim Hugg, 38:37; 3. Judi Bullock, 40:55; 4. Bev Ibbott, 41:50; 5. Liuda Galinaitis, 42:23. Masters: 1. Bullock.

City-Poly 5K At City College Males: 1. George Poscover, 16:20; 2. Neville Anderson, 16:35; 3. Tony Pridgen, 17:47; 4. John Barnes, 18:25; 5. Greg Smith, 18:54; 6. Doug Preston, 19:41; 7. Maurice Jenkins, 20:50; 8. Lewis Smith, 23:31.

Females: 1. Valerie Aberbach, 21:48.

Tiger Club 8K At Towson State Males: 1. Tom Brown, 24, 26:14; 2. Stephen Dillard, 29, 27:30; 3. Paul Walters, 22, 28:38; 4. N. Barry, 14, 28:52; 5. Howard Chessler, 32, 29:23; 6. Chris Moyer, 22, 29:28; 7. Chris Sinclair, 25, 29:51; 8. Chris Smith, 31, 30:18; 9. Max Grimsley, 32, 30:28; 10. Steve Reid, 37, 30:38. Masters: 1. Don Scarborough, 31:25.

Females: 1. Joy Glass, 38, 32:09; 2. Denise Knickman, 24, 32:23; 3. Karen Slicher, 26, 35:35; 4. Marilyn Bevans, 42, 35:47; 5. Kyle Wilhelm, 31, 36:21; 6. CeCe Sleary, 19, 37:50; 7. C. Stevens, 22, 39:21; 8. Sandy Metz, 26, 39:22; 9. Love Mahen, 30, 41:00; 10. Katy Reynolds, 39, 41:09. Masters: 1. Bevans.

SUNDAY

Ronald McDonald House Ramble 5K At Hunt Valley Mall Males: 1. Brad Uhlfelder, 30, 15:08; 2. Ken Fowler, 26, 15:30; 3. Fidel Sampedro, 18, 16:23; 4. Anthony Grier,

42, 16:54; 5. Rick Stewart, 18, 17:01; 6. Eric Gyaki, 44, 17:27; 7. Richard Harris, 41, 17:37; 8. Richard Schmidt, 34, 17:39; 9. William Noonan, 21, 17:41; 10. Jerry Vega, 44, 17:46. Masters: 1. Grier.

Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 27, 17:55; 2. Pat Milleson, 33, 19:52; 3. Beverly Shooshan, 47, 19:59; 4. Yolanda Washington, 33, 20:02; 5. Carol Zimmerman, 33, 20:06; 6. Malonnie Kinnison, 42, 20:21; 7. Karen Slicher, 26, 20:58; 8. Kelly Cromer, 28, 21:40; 9. Sandy Salazar, 41, 21:49; 10. Christy St. Clair, 22:32. Masters: 1. Kinnison.

Sinai Fitness Festival 5-miler At Owings Mills Males: 1. Harry Goodman, 38, 26:18; 2. Maurice Pointer, 37, 3. Kyle Martin, 16, 27:54; 4. Douglas Field, 30, 28:07; 5. Charles Shifflet, 35, 28:22; 6. Kurt Martin, 16, 28:44; 7. Bobby Gessler, 38, 28:54; 8.

Bill Peeling, 36, 29:37; 9. Chris Sinclair, 25, 29:38; 10. Jonathan Dietrich, 15, 29:42. Masters: 1. Steven Schaeffer, 43, 30:29.

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