Race goes not to swiftest, and finish was predictable Time's out and best guess wins

RUNNING

December 29, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

In most organized runs, a first-place finish is all you need t win the race. However, for the Baltimore Road Runners Club's annual Father Time Frolic at the Loch Raven watershed, the rules are mixed up.

Written predicted times are required from all participants before the race, and the runner who finishes closest to his or her prediction is the winner. Of course, timing devices are not permitted on the course.

So although Rob Sichau's time of 49 minutes, 54 seconds for the run from Peerce's Plantation to the turnaround near the old dam and back was quickest on a crisp Sunday morning, it was well off his predicted time of 54 minutes.

And to make matters worse, he made a wrong turn.

"I went from first to sixth place," Sichau, 28, said. "I missed the turn; I thought it was going to be a cone or a person. Luckily, someone yelled to me. I would have run out to Cromwell Bridge Road. I haven't run this in five years."

But Sichau, who locates underground utilities in northern Virginia, wasn't complaining. He was happy to be back on home turf.

"I miss being back in Baltimore," said Sichau, who lives in Dumfries, Va. "I want to move back here because of the running and because my family's here. The running here is better than down there."

Bailey St. Clair, 53, was closest to his predicted time of 62:42, finishing in 62:49. Among the women, Bibi Provine, 49, was closest, predicting 65 minutes and finishing in 64:52.

Sichau will have to wait a year to see if he can become as adept at predicting as he is at running.

"I don't run too much during the week, but I try to run a lot on the weekends," said Sichau, a Dulaney High School graduate who ran cross country and track there. "I ran the six-miler at Herring Run Park a couple of weeks ago. I run maybe a half-dozen [BRRC] races a year.

"In my job, I do a lot of walking. I can't run in the morning and it's hard to get motivated once I get home."

The top finishers:

Closest predictions: 1. Bailey St. Clair, 53, 62:49 actual time, 62:42 predicted time; 2. Larry Clark, 47, 70:06, 69:59; 3. Chris St. Clair, 25, 50:44, 50:36; 4. Bibi Provine, 49, 64:52, 65:00; 5. George Yannakis, 61, 54:23, 54:10; 6. Michael Ferrante, 32, 50:23, 50:08.

Top finishers: 1. Rob Sichau, 28, 49:54; 2. Michael Ferrante, 32, 50:23; 3. Mark Oleynick, 31, 50:26; 4. Mike Mitchell, 32, 50:31; 5. Chris Sinclair, 25, 50:44; 6. Bob Leatherman, 41, 52:19; 7. Richard Harris, 41, 52:30; 8. Noaw Barry, 19, 52:25; 9. Joy Glass, 38, 53:24; 10. George Yannakis, 61, 54:23.

Cherry Blossom forms

The 1993 Northern Telecom Cherry Blossom 10-mile run, to be run April 4 in Washington, will be limited to 5,800 runners.

Lottery forms are available by calling (301) 371-5583 or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Northern Telecom Cherry Blossom, P.O. Box 884, Middletown, Md. 21769. Completed forms must be received by Jan. 19. Confirmation or rejection should be received by Feb. 18.

Lottery exemptions for seeded runners, physically challenged runners, wheelchair competitors and seniors will be made. Details about these exemptions appear on the race entry forms.

The race offers $22,500 in prize money, and is free to runners.

Coming events

Thursday, Midnight 5-Mile Run, New York City, midnight, (212) 860-4455.

Friday, HCS Resolution Run -- Prediction Run 8K, Columbia, 9:30 a.m., (410) 730-4499.

Friday, RASAC St. Mary's 6-Miler, Bel Air, 11 a.m., (410) 638-0235.

Friday, Hangover Classic 5-miler, New Castle, Del.

Friday, WRRC Winfield Mile, Winfield, noon, (410) 876-7852.

Friday, Ed Barron 8K Hangover Classic, Washington, noon, (703) 243-1291.

Saturday, Sri Chinmoy Runners Are Smilers 2-miler, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., (410) 467-3915.

L Saturday, Bluemont Park 25K, Arlington, Va., (703) 241-0395.

Saturday, Annapolis Striders' 14th Anniversary Run, Annapolis, 10 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, BRRC Frozen Finger 5-Miler, Hunt Valley, 9 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

Jan. 9, MCRRC Winter Flower Run 6-Miler, Rockville, 8:30 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Jan. 9, Charlotte Observer Marathon, 10K, Charlotte, N.C., (704) 358-KICK.

Jan. 10, DCRRC Indoor Track Meet, Arlington, Va., 8:30 a.m., (703) 241-0395.

Jan. 10, BRRC McDonogh School 5K, McDonogh, 1 p.m., (410) 581-7953.

Jan. 10, York Road Runners Wrightsville 10K, Wrightsville, Pa., 1 p.m., (717) 235-8338.

Jan. 17, BRRC Championship Series 10-Miler, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

Jan. 17, Great Valley Marathon, Chambersburg, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 263-5631.

Jan. 17, JFK Memorial 20K, Washington, D.C., 10 a.m., (703) 241-0395.

Jan. 17, Icicle 10M, Wilmington, Del., 11 a.m., (302) 571-6900.

Jan. 17, WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Westminster, noon, (410) 857-5154.

Jan. 23, MCRRC Frosty Four, Robert Frost Junior H.S., 8:45 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Jan. 23, York Road Runners Jacobus 5-Miler, Jacobus, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 235-8338.

Jan. 24, DCRRC Indoor Track Meet, Arlington, Va., 8:30 a.m., (703) 241-0395.

Jan. 24, Greater Homewood 8K, Memorial Stadium, 9 a.m.

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