Reid surfaces with win in Ashland Trail 10K

RUNNING

April 06, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

On the North Central Railroad Trail at Phoenix, where walkers, hikers, cyclists and runners go their ways, the Baltimore Road Runners Club staged its inaugural Ashland Trail 10K on Saturday.

Steve Reid, 37, who usually runs on Saturday mornings, figured "Why not?" After finishing the northbound out-and-back course from the trail's two-mile mark, he was no worse for wear, finishing first in 39 minutes, 26 seconds.

"I usually run over at Loch Raven [watershed] on Saturday and Sunday mornings," said Reid, a program manager for AAI. "I figured I would come over here and do it with a time."

After a month of rain and thawing snow, he figured he would be doing it on a soft surface, but he was pleasantly surprised, a sentiment echoed by race director Rick Bingham.

"It [the surface] was a lot better than I thought it would be," Reid said.

"It's a very forgiving surface," said Bingham. "I did a 22-mile training run out here last Saturday and the course was actually in better shape [for the race]."

Reid, who is enjoying a comeback to running after a "five- or six-year layoff," was ready for any footing.

"I just got back from L.A.," he said. "I had a training advantage, running on the beach all week."

Although his time was well off his personal record of 34:12 that he ran in 1975, the former Towson High and University of Delaware runner is delighted to be back on the roads.

"I used to run years ago," he said. "I just got back to it in September. It gives me a chance to blow off some steam from work."

Miscellaneous

Sunday's Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Covered Bridge 5.85-Miler at Joppa was dedicated to John Dieter Jr., 29, who died Wednesday at Maryland's Shock Trauma Center . . . . Les Kinion, director of the Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K and NTC the All-Star Game Run, said 600 runners signed up for the latter before they ran in the Home Run. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

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