Coyotes hit road to stay on the run Out-of-town races appeal to club

RUNNING

February 09, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

It's not that the Glen Burnie-based Coyote Running Club has anything against races in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

"We have a meeting this week and we're going to run the Myers Pavilion [8K on March 7]. That's a nice race," the Coyote's George Nislein says. "We ran the Super Bowl 5K last week. We ran the [Annapolis Striders'] 10-miler last summer. And we did their Anniversary Run a few weeks ago."

But when the urge hits the 11-member group -- or the racing schedule in these parts is light -- the Coyotes are not averse to traveling.

"We're going to Williamsburg [Va.] and in March we're going to Virginia Beach," says Nislein, 52.

"And we go to Dover," says Donna Miller, 27.

"And in the summer we go back to Delaware for a few races," says Nislein.

Saturday, Nislein, Miller and fellow Coyote Running Club member Joe O'Boyle, 50, weathered a winter storm and traveled to Pennsylvania to run in the Gettysburg 10K, part of the York Road Runners' 13th annual Winter Series.

But they were no worse for wear as all three -- Nislein in 51 minutes, 46 seconds, O'Boyle in 54:39 and Miller in 56:48 -- completed the race run in snow and with the temperature around 25 degrees.

"I saw a listing for the race and thought it was going to run through the battlefield," Nislein says. "I told Joe and Donna and we said: 'Yeah, that'll be fun.' "

Although the York Road Runners no longer could obtain the permit to conduct the race through the battleground, it did not diminish the Coyote's fun.

"We say 'club' but it's really just a bunch of friends who get together," says O'Boyle.

The club was founded seven years ago and its members aridentifiable easily by their green running jackets with "Coyote Running Club" inscribed on the backs.

The club's youngest member is George's son, Danny Nislein, 25and its oldest is Bob Bean, 65.

"None of us is really fast," George Nislein says. "We just enjoy meeting people. We've met an awful lot of really nice people over the years."

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