BRRC's Santa finds jogging again a gift

RUNNING

July 20, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Yes, road runners, there is a Santa Claus.

A veteran of 64 marathons and a Baltimore Road Runners Club member since 1973, Bailey St. Clair, who also has doubled as Santa at the club's annual Santa's Sack Race at Lake Montebello, discovered this year that the post-Christmas season not always the kindest of times.

On Jan. 4, St. Clair was released by the company for which he had worked for 27 years.

A month later, while skiing in Vail, Colo., -- where his wife, Christy, had taken him to boost his spirits -- his running career nearly was ended.

"I blew out the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in my knee," St. Clair says.

Upon his return to Baltimore, he was operated on by Dr. Kenneth Spence at Kernan Hospital. Five months of rehabilitation -- supervised by Dr. Bill Neill, Kernan's chief physical therapist -- have allowed him to take the first steps in resuming his running career.

"He's the epitome of one of these running maniacs, and that's nothing to laugh at," Neill says. "If you take running away from them, they can get into real psychological trauma.

"Old Bailey thought his life was going to end, that his running was going to end. But his recovery has gone along extremely well. A little over four months' post-op, he's returned to some of his running activities."

"I'm starting to jog a little," St. Clair, 54, says, "but I'm only jogging 16 miles a week. It'll be a while before I test it [the knee], but hope springs eternal to run again."

DSt. Clair says his biggest inspiration has been "all the well-wishes and cards" that he received from BRRC members.

Neill says St. Clair's biggest obstacle could be the temptation to overdo things in his return to running.

"Fortunately for Bailey, he's been able to return to running," said Neill. "But the best advice is to watch himself with it. He can get into negative training if he isn't careful."

Lady Avia

There were 333 finishers in the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Lady Avia Classic 5K at the Inner Harbor Sunday. The top finishers:

1. Charlotte Thomas, 36, Baltimore, 18:04; 2. Laura Nelson, 27, Hagerstown, 18:17; 3. Dianna Miller, 40, York, Pa., 18:42; 4. Maureen Hall, 28, Baltimore, 18:55; 5. Stacey Ward, 24, 19:06; 6. Theresa Prebish, 20, Ellicott City, 19:24; 7. Michelle St. Lauren, 22, Baltimore, 19:30; 8. Laura Wagner Tebodo, 30, Towson, 19:31; 9. Patrice Malloy, 34, Baltimore, 19:32; 10. Heather Parsons, 37, York, Pa., 19:33; 11. Kristen Friz, 18, Lutherville, 19:38; 12. Marge Rosasco, 45, Joppa, 19:49; 13. Donna Lewis, 38, Belcamp, 19:53; 14. Yolanda Washington, 34, Baltimore, 19:54; 15. Kelly Barton, 26, Columbia, 19:55; 16. Teddi Brack, 29, Staten Island, N.Y., 19:57; 17. Judith Emmert, 31, Martinsburg, W. Va., 20:00; 18. Christy Moon, 16, Aberdeen, 20:08; 19. Grit Spitzer, 23, Berlin, Germany, 20:09; 20. Randon Fritsch, 48, Glen Burnie, 20:12; 21. Jennifer Lundeen, 33, Huntingtown, 20:24; 22. FTC Barbara Eggers, 35, Silver Spring, 20:25; 23. Catherine Thompson, 32, Baltimore 20:27; 24. Tammy Huck, 29, Alexandria, Va., 20:29; 25. Carole Rosasco, 33, Baltimore, 20:32; 26. Tess Deanehan, 11, Baltimore, 20:34; 27. Nelda Clelland, 35, Baltimore, 20:38; 28. Sharon Heidel, 42, Baltimore, 20:47; 29. Renee Culbertson, 37, Cabin John, 20:50; 30. Susie Flockart, 22, Annapolis, 21:02.

Briefly

The BRRC annual picnic is Aug. 1. Call the club Hotline at (410) 666-1840 for information. . . . The week's top finishers:

WEDNESDAY

BRRC Summer Track Series #3

At McDonogh

Mile -- Males: 1. Ray Pugsley, 4:12.2 (BRRC record; previous record, 4:14.7, Bill Blewett, 1981); 2. Brian Pownell, 4:36.3; 3. Paul Hannsen, 4:42.4. Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 5:10.5.

300 meters -- Males: 1. Mark Gormley, 39.8; 2. Jim Higgins, 41.1; 3. Anders Fristedt, 42.0.

800 meters -- Males: 1. James Pryde, 1:59.6; 2. Brad Uhlfelder, 2:00.6; 3. Jim Clelland, 2:04.1. Females: 1. Laurie Cicero, 2:45.2.

3,000 meters -- Males: 1. Ray Pugsley, 9:09.7; 2. Paul Hannsen, 9:30.4; 3. Todd Henry, 9:48. Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 11:10.7.

WRRC Twilight Series #4

Piney Run 10K

At Eldersburg

Males: 1. Paul Hannsen, 20, 35:10; 2. John Roemer IV, 33, 35:58; 3. Marvin Conerly, 30, 36:37; 4. Dave Ramsey, 37, 37:11; 5. Larry Pickett, 32, 37:24; 6. Dave Lowe, 46, 37:28; 7. Bob McCubbin, 33, 37:36; 8. Dave Griffin, 32, 37:38; 9. Tom Russell, 40, 37:41; 10. Bob Leatherman, 41, 38:22. Masters: 1. Lowe.

Females: 1. Jenny Caple, 28, 42:45; 2. Janice Haug, 30, 46:55; 3. Sallee Love, 30, 47:17; 4. Kathy Imhoff, 34, 47:47; 5. Judi Bullock, 46, 49:09; 6. Liuda Galinaitis, 35, 55:28; 7. Debbie Grieb, 42, 58:41. Masters: 1. Bullock.

Coming events

Tonight, HCS Summer Series #5, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 7 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Tomorrow, BRRC Championship Meet of Miles, McDonogh, 6:30 p.m., (410) 666-1840.

Tomorrow, HCS 2M, 6M, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 7 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Thursday, Annapolis Striders' Summer Fun Run 1M, 4M, Annapolis, 6 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

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