Winners Clapper, Moore draw on veterans' benefits RUNNING

August 31, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Don't look back.

The best runners seldom do, but Annapolis Ten-Mile Run winners Gerry Clapper and Donna Moore drew on the knowledge gained in previous Annapolises en route to victories in the 18th annual run Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

On a day in which high heat and humidity and a hilly second half presented the stiffest competition -- as they often do in the Annapolis Ten-Mile -- both Clapper and Moore ran not only fast, but smart.

"The first five miles are flat and fast; the second [five] are more challenging," said Clapper, who won the men's division in 52 minutes, 1 second. "Doing the first five easy made the difference."

"A little over four miles, that's where the race starts," said Moore, who won the women's division in 61:01. "If you go out too fast, you're in trouble. You get in oxygen debt and then you're finished.

"It's really two races. My strategy was to run the first four at a comfortable pace and then push the hills."

That strategy worked for Clapper as well as Moore.

"At five miles, I decided to take off [from a pack of six runners] and Doug [Mock] went with me. The leader was about 30 seconds ahead," said Clapper, who had won Annapolis in 1988.

Clapper and Mock ran side-by-side for the next three miles before Clapper made his second -- and telling -- move.

"I pulled away from Doug and picked up the leader," he said. "On the downhill [at 8 1/4 miles], I pushed really hard.

"When I broke down that hill, I heard someone say, 'Doug's 11 seconds back.' I thought to myself, 'Well, I've got to keep going.' "

Four runner-up finishes at Annapolis told him that this was not the time to let up.

Moore, remembering her 1989 Annapolis Ten-Mile victory, pushed to a 1 minute, 1 second victory over Cynthia Carpenter.

"I've run this race so many times," Moore said. "The only year I didn't run was the year I got married."

In the end, their experience was the day's biggest winner.

As Clapper said: "I was just trying to get through it. Sometimes, you do better that way."

;/ The top finishers among the field of 3,500:

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