Marathon for fun and charity Busy Shore teacher returns to N.Y.

RUNNING

September 21, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Like many other runners, Dan Zottarelli is getting ready for a fall marathon.

In so doing, he is getting in his 40 to 50 miles a week.

"Right now, I'm trying to run five to eight miles a day," says Zottarelli, 47, who lives in Chestertown. "I'm doing that five to six days a week, depending on how I feel. Next month, I'll jump my mileage up to 50 to 60 a week and then I'll jump it up to 60 to 70. And I'll start getting in either a 16- or 20-[miler] once a week."

But unlike many other runners, Zottarelli is not doing the marathon -- in his case, New York City on Notebook

Nov. 14 -- for personal gain or accomplishment. And unlike many other runners, who do Marine Corps one year, New York the next and Columbus another, New York is the only marathon he has done.

This year's race will be Zottarelli's 12th straight run through the five boroughs of New York City -- and his 11th to benefit the American Cancer Society.

He accepts pledges on either a per-mile or flat-rate basis and has raised more than $100,000.

But getting ready for the annual trek is sometimes a logistical nightmare for Zottarelli, a teacher and coach at Kent County High School, an insurance agent and a dock master at Great Oak Landing.

"My schedule is a busy one," Zottarelli says. "I come into the insurance agency about 6:30 in the morning and I stay there till about quarter to eight. From there, I go to school for the full day, and from there, I go to the marina. I'm usually at the marina till about 7, and then I'm back at the insurance agency till about 9."

Training for a marathon under such a schedule is no easy task.

"Getting in the training for my marathon is a full issue in itself," Zottarelli says. "Obviously, I'm a person who has to budget his time."

That accomplished, running in New York gives him the chance to return to the place where he was raised.

"I was born in Brooklyn, and my whole family still lives in New York," Zottarelli says. "When I graduated from college, I took the only teaching job that was available to me, and I've been here ever since. I'm the only Zottarelli who has left New York."

Despite his success at going the distance -- he has finished all 12 of his New York City Marathons -- Zottarelli says he takes nothing for granted.

"It can be a humbling experience," Zottarelli says. "Six years ago, I tore a muscle in my calf three days before [the marathon], but with the cancer pledges, I wanted to get through it. I had a lot of motivation. Since we were getting pledges per mile, it's not like you would get them if you couldn't get the job done."

Briefly

Jeff Cannada of Columbia and the Mizzuno Track Club will run in Sunday's Zoo Zoom 5-miler. . . . Don Forgione, 42, of Baltimore and Ed Busch, 52, of Walkersville finished ninth and second, respectively, in their age classes in the Tri-Fed National Duathlon Championship (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) in Columbus, Ohio. . . . There were 200 finishers, in addition to 80 three-person relay teams, in Sunday's Columbia Birthday Marathon put on by the Howard County Striders. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

MARATHON PLEDGES

To make pledges for Dan Zottarelli's New York City Marathon run for the benefit of the American Cancer Society, write P.O. Box 508, Chestertown, Md. 21620 or call (410) 778-0667.

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