Baltimore County educator finds racing instructional

RUNNING

June 22, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

When Saturday's 17th annual Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run takes off at 5 a.m. from the base of Squaw Valley in California, Stanton H. Neumann will be more than a few steps from Towson High School, where he is assistant principal.

But for Neumann, running and education always have gone step-for-step.

"If I do as well as my kids, I'll be happy when I come home at the end of June," says Neumann, 54 and a resident of Lutherville. "I enjoy it, and I just go after finishing [school].

"Right now, I see the ones winning [in area races] who were my students 15 years ago. That's the kick. That's the neat part of running. I guess that's the selfish part."

But for someone who has spent a lifetime in education, there also have been more than a few selfless parts.

"I've been pretty lucky my last two assignments," Neumann says. "It makes it a pleasure going in when you're a partner rather than an adversary, when the kids want to be there and the parents are part of the process."

Neumann, who was assistant principal at Ridgely Middle School before he moved to Towson, came to Baltimore from his home outside Philadelphia in the early 1960s and found a home.

"I came down down here to start to teach," he says. "I liked it so much, I decided to stay."

Western States will be his first 100-miler, although he has done 50-mile ultramarathons.

"It's just like the guy who does Everest," says Neumann about the motivation needed to attempt a 100-miler. "I've done shorter ones and the marathon. Western States qualifies as the Bostons of ultras. You have to qualify to get in. You get very excited when you hear that you have been selected to give it a shot."

"I've done five ultras, but the longest one has been 50," Neumann says about his ultramarathon experience.

An ultramarathon is any distance longer than the traditional 26-mile, 385-yard distance, and Neumann has run the JFK 50 as well as the Kentucky 50-miler.

He prepared for Western States by building his weekly mileage to 70 at the end of May and the beginning of this month.

"I've been in contact with three different people who have done it," Neumann says. "They help you out, give you tricks of the trade -- what to expect -- and give you some encouragement."

Briefly

Other area runners who will attempt Western States: Edward Boggess, 35, Takoma Park; Dennis Fugate, 41, Columbia; and Ronald Shaw, 40, Phoenix. . . . A 50-mile track run and walk and a 100-mile track run and walk will be held in conjunction with the Howard County Striders' 23rd annual 24-Hour Relay on Aug. 7 at the Howard High School track. All running events are Eastern Regional Road Runners Club of America championships. For information on any of the events, call race director Tim Beaty at (301) 596-6453 before 10 p.m.

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