Runners have to aim high for these races at least 13,000 feet


January 03, 1995|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

For marathoners frustrated by the same course, for ultramarathoners tired of the same trail and for long-distance runners looking for a challenge, the 1995 Fila SkyMarathon Series might be the answer to your needs.

But please note: The circuit is not for the uninitiated or uninspired.

This year's series begins with a run up Africa's Mount Kenya (to 16,350 feet elevation) Feb. 2, continues with a run up Colorado's Castle Peak (to 14,265 feet) June 11 and concludes with a race up Italy's Breithorn Mountain (to 13,661 feet) July 16.

"Running has become a larger part of what we're all about," says Mark Westerman, a spokesman for Fila, the international footwear and apparel company whose U.S. headquarters are in Hunt Valley. "A little over two years ago, we tried the SkyMarathon Series. This year, the series will be held at an altitude of 14,000 feet or higher."

The run up Mount Kenya is replacing one up Mount Everest last year.

"The past year, we did Monte Rosa in Italy, Castle Peak in Aspen, Colo., and Mount Everest in Tibet. If you have ever been to Everest, it's an event to get to the plateau," Wasserman says about the marathon's starting point. "That's going to be an every-other-year venue."

Matt Carpenter, 28, who has won every race in the series and has a personal record of 2 hours, 19 minutes in a traditional marathon, won the Everest run in 2:55 and the Castle Peak marathon in 3:08.

The Castle Peak marathon offers $12,000 in prize money and will award top men's and women's finishers with all-expenses-paid trips to the Breithorn Mountain race.

"The way it works, a runner would compete in the Aspen race first," says Mark Beal, a spokesman for the series. "Based on his or her performance -- maybe he finishes sixth -- he then is offered an expenses-paid trip to the Alps."

Because entries into the Aspen run are limited, interested runners should call (800) 229-4758 or submit a letter including dTC name, address, age, phone number, racing history and running experience by March 1 to Fila SkyMarathon, 505 8th Ave. 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10018.

For information on the Mount Kenya marathon, call (800) 229-4758.

"For Castle Peak last year, we had about 40 runners; this year, we're trying to get it up to about 60," says Wasserman. "We would also like to get a more diverse group. We had a lot of runners from Colorado. Obviously, they are the ones who would perform well because of altitude training."


Sunday's top finishers:

3# BRRC Father Time Frolic 8-miler At Loch Raven Males: 1. Mike Woodman, 45:23; 2. Mark Rosasco, 49:06; 3. Chris Sinclair, 51:17; 4. Paul Hannsen, 51:19; 5. John Pitarra, 51:38; 6. Tom Jackson, 52:23; 7. Mike Ferrante, 52:28; 8. Jim Hunter, 53:57; 9. Louis Pilsch, 54:04; 10. Lew Libby, 54:29. Closest prediction: Keith Prem, 63:45 actual time, 63:49 predicted time.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 50:53; 2. Mary Lou DiNardo, 56:32; 3. Carole Rosasco, 57:34; 4. Kim Altenburger, 61:08; 5. Sandy Salazar, 64:53; 6. Fay Miller, 65:38; 7. Christy St. Clair, 66:14; 8. Susan Woodward, 69:46; 9. Deb Grieb, 73:51. Closest prediction: Susan Woodward, 69:46 actual time, 69:50 predicted time.

WRRC Winfield Mile ` At Winfield Males: 1. Ted Poulos, 33, 4:40; 2. Greg Zaruba, 28, 4:43; 3. Kevin Kavanaugh, 23, 4:47; 4. George League, 45, 4:53; 5. Bill Gale, 45, 4:55; 6. Jerry Little, 27, 5:07; 7. Hugh Harris, 26, 5:10; 8. Todd Ashley, 32, 5:15; 9. Don McElheny, 45, 5:17; 10. Keith Burkhardt, 26, 5:28. Masters: 1. League.

Females: 1. Janice Haug, 36, 5:58; 2. Lealie Price,

15, 6:26; 3. Janice Chason, 40, 6:36; 4. Trinatte Price, 12, 7:00; 5. Ginger Shank, 25, 8:40. Masters: 1. Chason.

Coming events


Saturday, Manor Club 5M, Rockville, 9 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Sunday, BRRC Frozen Finger 5M, Hunt Valley, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Sunday, YRRC Wrightsville 10K, Wrightsville, Pa., 1 p.m., (717) 755-4248.

Jan. 14, Snowflake Chaser 5M, 10M, Half-Marathon, Big Run State Park, 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 15, BRRC Championship 10M, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Jan. 15, JFK Memorial 20K, 5K, Washington, 10 a.m., (703) 241-0395.

Jan. 15, Great Valley Marathon, Chambersburg, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 263-5631.

Jan. 15, WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Westminster, noonJan. 21, MCRRC Sligo Creek 4-Miler, Silver Spring, 9 a.m.Jan. 21, YRRC Jacobus 5-Miler, Jacobus, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 764-5300.

Jan. 22, U.S. Healthcare 10-Mile Run, Wilmington, Del., 11 a.m., (302) 654-6400.

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