Leukemia Society's Team In Training heads for San Francisco

RUNNING

July 12, 1994|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

One thing about it: The Maryland chapter of the Leukemia Society's Team In Training is going places. One group will be running by the dock of the bay this month; the other is going to Disney World in January.

The goal of each Team In Training member is to raise $2,000 in contributions for the Leukemia Society. In return, each member receives an expenses-paid trip to San Francisco for its July 31 marathon or Orlando, Fla., for the second annual Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 8, 1995.

In addition, each member receives an individualized training program and clinics on training, injury prevention, nutrition and running shoe selection.

The program is designed for experienced, as well as first-time, marathoners.

Rob Betz, who has run the Northern Central Trail Marathon and the Harrisburg Marathon, will embark on his third in San Francisco. As a member of the Baltimore Team In Training, he has been matched with a leukemia patient, for whom he will be running.

"That kind of gives you motivation," Betz said recently before he went out for a 10-mile run. "That helps to keep you focused."

It also helps him to train.

"I had an uncle who recently passed from bone cancer, which is a form of leukemia," says Betz, "and it does give you motivation because those kids go through so much. You know you can go out there to train when it's a hot day or a cold day, which we've certainly had enough of this year."

With the help of Jeff Sanborn, who is coaching the team going to San Francisco, Betz is on course for what he hopes will be a personal record.

"I'm partially using Jeff's know-how, and there is a marathon guide by John Treacy and he has a 16-week plan that I've been using," says Betz, 29, of Towson. "I'm up to about 50 [miles a week] and my long run is an 18. I'm eventually going to do two 20s."

Says Sanborn: "He's really trained hard. We had 30 people start out; we're down to 20. He's one of the most dedicated of the leukemia runners."

Betz says he is more committed for this marathon than his previous two.

"I've done a lot more long runs," he says. "I'm looking to do between 3:20 and 3:25. My ultimate goal is to get under 3:10 and qualify for Boston."

A Team In Training informational meeting for the Walt Disney Marathon will be held Monday at Catonsville Community College in Room K-100. For information, call Erica Webber at (410) 825-2500.

Briefly

There were 540 finishers in the Howard County Striders' Women's Distance Festival 5K Friday night at Columbia Mall. . . . The Baltimore Road Runners Club's Ride & Tie 10-Miler was canceled Sunday due to heat. . . . Tomorrow night's BRRC Summer Track Series will be held at McDonogh School and not at Johns Hopkins track. . . . The week's top finishers:

WEDNESDAY

BRRC Summer Track Series #4

At McDonogh School

1,600M: Males -- 1. Jim Clelland, 4:29; 2. Paul Hannsen, 4:30; 3. Craig Chasse, 4:35. Females: 1. Denise Knickman, 5:38; 2. Michelle Holliday, 6:14; 3. Judith Gilbert, 7:18.

100Y: Males -- 1. Thomas Jones, 9.9; 2. Ron Gregg, 10.3; 3. Donta Bush, 10.5. Females -- 1. Lisa Shands, 11.7; 2. Judith Gilbert, 17.8.

800M: Males -- 1. Ron Gregg, 1:58.3; 2. Brad Uhlfelder, 1:58.7; 3. Neville Anderson, 2:03.7. Females -- 1. Michelle St. Laurent, 2:25.5; 2. Lisa Shands, 2:26.8; 3. Heather Tanner, 2:41.0.

330Y: Males -- 1. Thomas Jones, 36.9; 2. Nathan Curbean, 37.2; 3. Maurice Hall, 38.1. Females -- 1. Lisa Shands, 42.8; 2. Judith Gilbert, 74.5.5,000M: Males -- 1. Doug Field, 16:01; 2. Paul Hannsen, 16:14; 3. Todd Henry, 16:25. Females -- 1. Denise Knickman, 19:23; 2. Melissa Tanner, 20:01; 3. Judith Gilbert, 24:10.

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4x200 relay: 1. Hall, Greenfield, Bush, Wilburn, 1:36.1.

FRIDAY

HCS Women's Distance Festival 5K

At Columbia Mall

1. Bea Marie Fritsch, 27, 17:44; 2. Maureen Hall, 29, 18:17; 3. Bonnie Barnard-Lopez, NA, 18:19; 4. Win Rincon, 34, 18:21; 5. Gretchen Triantos, 37, 18:40; 6. Robyn Humphrey, 30, 19:17; 7. Vicki Lang, 25, 19:24; 8. Geriann Bell, 31, 19:39; 9. Margaret Starnes, 39, 19:39; 10. Michell St. Laurent, 23, 19:48.

SUNDAY

WRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K

At Union Mills

1. Louise Kelly, 30, 18:23; 2. Monika Bachmann, 28, 18:53; 3. Tracy Webster, 26, 19:12; 4. Kendra Weible, 22, 19:35; 5. Stephanie McLaughlin, 32, 19:41; 6. Carolyn Stoll, 33, 20:47; 7. Shannon Hugg, 17, 20:55; 8. Sharon Dolan, 52, 20:58; 9. Janice

Haug, 36, 21:01; 10. Peggy Dickson, 34, 21:24.

RASAC Plumb Point 5K

At APG-Aberdeen Area

Males: 1. Brian Harris, 15:47; 2. Nathan Boyer, 17:42; 3. Will Kuhl, 19:10; 4. Tim Dougherty, 19:40; 5. Tom Riley, 19:41.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 19:29; 2. Jen Englehart, 20:34; 3. Christy Moon, 22:48; 4. Cathy Cosenza, 24:17; 5. Victoria Lace, 29:32.

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