Ray's record-book pace stays on track Retirement means more marathons

RUNNING

January 05, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Now that Baltimorean Bob Ray has retired he should have more time to devote to his passion of running.

Not that he has done badly in the past 25-plus years. Ray is believed to have the world's second-longest streak of running every day. Only former Maryland Marathon winner Ron Hill, a native of England, has a longer streak.

On Saturday, Ray, who lives in Carney, retired as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, a job that he began in 1961.

"My plans are no plans -- just relax and enjoy myself," Ray, 55, said last week. "I'm going to run as often as I feel like it. I would like to go back to doing double workouts again. It seems that's a good way of getting the mileage up."

In Ray's case, that's hard to imagine because in a stretch that began April 4, 1967, he has run 9,408 consecutive days -- logging more than 67,300 miles.

But as retirement is wont to do, it will give him a change of perspective, as well as a change of plans.

"It will give me more time to do the marathons that I want to do," he said. "I can go when I please and come back when I please."

But for a while, at least, he will be treading softly in the newest phase of his running career.

"In a way, it'll be the first time in my life I'll be unemployed," he said. "But I can handle that. You do have mixed emotions, though, because you get used to that certain routine every day.

"This whole thing [retirement] sort of jumped up the last few months. I was supposed to retire Oct. 2. But they asked me to stay on a little longer to get through the holidays."

One thing that retirement won't change is Ray's outlook on running.

"You have to take care of your body and it'll take care of you," he said. "If you don't, you will end up with either burnout or bad wheels. You'll end up sitting under some shade tree playing checkers."

Miscellaneous

American Doug Kurtis, who won Hanoi's first international marathon Sunday in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 14 seconds, has run 57 marathons under 2:20 and holds the record for the most sub-2:20 marathons in one year, 12 in 1989. His best is 2:13:34. . . . There were 95 finishers in the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Frozen Finger 5-Miler Sunday. . . . The week's top finishers:

FRIDAY

RASAC St. Mary's 10K At Emmorton Males: 1. Mark Bogardy, 36:04; 2. Adam Morrison, 36:12; 3. John Romano, 36:50; 4. J. Tobin, 40:57; 5. Ed Geisendaffer, 41:51.

Females: 1. Donna Lewis, 43:36; 2. Kim Fleming, 47:51; 3. Marjy Rawle, 53:18; 4. Margaret Smith, 58:29; 5. Laurie Reese, 59:08.

WRRC Winfield Mile At Winfield Males: 1. John Roemer IV, 32, 4:36; 2. Charles Clas, 21, 5:06; 3. Todd Ashley, 30, 5:14; 4. Jerry Little, 25, 5:19; 5. David Griffen, 30, 5:20; 6. Roger Kilgore, 49, 5:26; 7. Glen Whiteley, 31, 5:29; 8. Mark Anderson, 37, 5:34; 9. David Herlocker, 52, 6:00; 10. Don Fischer, 49, 6:04. Masters: 1. Kilgore.

Females: 1. Christine Meadows, 22, 6:23; 2. Liuda Galinaitis, 35, 6:58.

SATURDAY

Annapolis Striders' 14th Anniversary Run 15K At Quiet Waters Park Males: 1. Tom Brown Jr., 24, 47:58. 14-19: 1. Johannes Allender, 1:19:42. 20-29: 1. Frank E. John IV, 23, 48:48. 30-34: 1. Matt Mace, 32, 52:30. 35-39: 1. Tom Prendki, 36, 54:31. 40-44: 1. Bob Margevicius, 40, 59:56. 45-49: 1. Bob Oberti, 45, 51:35. 50-59: 1. Francisco Sanches, 50, 57:22. 60-plus: 1. Bill Law, 64, 1:14:59.

Females: 1. Natalie Zimmerman, 26, 1:01:22. 14-19: 1. Cynthia Symancyk, 18, 1:07:17. 20-29: 1. Rebecca Canner, 24, 1:02:09. 30-39: 1. Susan Briers, 37, 1:02:18. 40-49: 1. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 46, 1:07:08. 50-59: 1. Linda Simpson, 50, 1:24:07. 60-plus: 1. Yvonne Aasen, 61, 1:28:55.

SUNDAY

BRRC Frozen Finger 5-Miler At Hunt Valley Males: 1. Tom Brown Jr., 25:56; 2. Scott Paris, 27:06; 3. Paul Hansen, 27:47; 4. Charles Shifflett, 28:00; 5. Mark Rosasco, 28:17; 6. Bill Peeling, 28:17; 7. Bert Booth, 28:23; 8. Chris Sinclair, 28:54; 9. Gerry Vega, 28:56; 10. Noaw Berry, 29:01.

Females: 1. Edie Tress, 31:54; 2. Pat Milleson, 31:55; 3. Kim Altenburger, 33:59; 4. Sandy Salazar, 34:57; 5. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 35:14; 6. Ashley Dorr, 36:23; 7. Ruth Hens, 38:08; 8. Sandy Buck, 38:28; 9. Beverly Harvey, 45:30; 10. Jan Novak, 45:35.

Coming events

Saturday, MCRRC Winter Flower Run 6-miler, Rockville, 8:30 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

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

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

Sunday, RASAC North Harford 10K, North Harford H.S., 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.

Sunday, BRRC McDonogh School 5K Cross Country, McDonogh, p.m., (410) 581-7953.

Sunday, 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, 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., (410) 889-7927.

Jan. 24, WRRC Bear Run Four-Miler, Pleasant Valley, noon.

Jan. 31, DCRRC Indoor Track Meet, Arlington, Va., 8:30 a.m., (703) 241-0395.

Jan. 31, Snowball 5M, Wilmington, Del., 11 a.m., (302) 478-5660.

Jan. 31, Super Bowl 5K, Inner Harbor, 2 p.m., (410) 882-6103.

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