Plans begin for Boston's 100th in '96

RUNNING

January 31, 1995|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

The gun hasn't been fired for this year's Boston Marathon, which takes off from Hopkinton on April 17, but organizers already are confronting next year's 100th running.

That's because the race will be opened to runners other than qualifiers, and a field of 25,000 is anticipated. That's an increase of 150 percent over the size of the usual field.

As a result, two starting lines may be used. The two routes would merge after a few blocks.

The finish line presents other problems.

A proposal to steer runners who don't need medical attention past the finish line at Copley Square to Boston Common is drawing controversy.

Conservationists say thousands of people in the park could destroy grass seedlings to be planted that spring.

"If there are legitimate concerns about things like damaging the grass or gumming up traffic, they need to be posed to us and we need to come back with creative ways to respond," said Dave McGillivray, who handles logistics for the race. "Nine of 10 times -- or 10 of 10 -- we'll have the expertise to deal with them."

Seals lined the route

Run in 24-hour summer sunlight, last week's 4 1/2 -mile Scott's Hut Race in McMurdo Station, Antarctica -- the world's southernmost road race -- is not your average road race.

A bagpiper signaled the start for the runners, joggers and walkers with a ceremonial Scottish tune and temperatures were around freezing -- balmy weather for McMurdo.

There were about 200 runners from the American community of 1,200 scientists and civilian and military staff who spend summer at McMurdo. About 250 spend winter at the base.

The winner was Andrew Prchlik of Bergen County, N.J., a 22-year-old fire systems technician who finished in 27 minutes, 45 seconds.

Barbara Propst of Garden Valley, Idaho, was the first female, TC finishing in 29:23. The 39-year-old shuttle bus system coordinator trains about four miles daily.

The Americans at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station have an annual "Run Around The World" on the 2-mile deep snowpack. They mark out a course in the hard-packed snow and -- around the South Pole several times.

Briefly

At the Howard County Striders' annual meeting, the club elected the following officers: president -- Nadia Wasserman; vice president -- Dickie George; treasurer -- Heidie Hedepreim; secretary -- Al Hannagan. The club awarded these honors: Best Open Runners -- Ken Fowler and Gerry Clapper, Cindy Carpenter and Bea Marie Fritsch; Best Master Runners -- Jim Disciullo and Bob Burns, Pam West; Outstanding volunteers -- Dave and Judy Tripp. . . . RASAC's Polar Bear Run, which was originally for February, has been rescheduled for March 11 at 9 a.m. For information, call (410) 836-1784. . . . Sunday's top finishers:

RASAC North Harford Loop 10K At North Harford High School

Males: 1. Eric Estrada, 34:18; 2. Jeff Hinte, 38:04; 3. Greg Thompson, 39:04; 4. J. Tobin, 40:21; 5. Fred Carlson, 41:21; 6. Tim Norcross, 41:35; 7. Gary Reilly, 42:09; 8. Nathan Boyer, 42:36; 9. Dave Starnes, 42:44; 10. Michael Feinberg, 43:29.

Females: 1. Suzie Delaney, 40:10; 2. Margaret Starnes, 42:59; 3. Tracey Lawler, 47:24; 4. Cathleen Cosenza, 49:19; 5. Angie Parrish-Hoover, 50:48; 6. Barb Stroud, 51:48; 7. Marjy Rawle, 52:26; 8. Susan Woodward, 53:38; 9. Kacie Remeto, 53:44; 10. Robin Edie, 54:55.

WRRC Bear Run Four-Miler At Westminster

Males: 1. Bob Hugg, 42, 22:19; 2. David O'Connoll, 28, 22:53; 3. Bill Peeling, 39, 23:21; 4. Kevin Kavanagh, 23, 24:01; 5. Tim Loveland, 17, 24:28; 6. Roger Kilgore, 51, 24:31; 7. Gary Honeman, 39, 24:41; 8. Bob Leatherman, 43, 24:54; 9. Skip Fennell, 50, 26:14; 10. Jason Haluska, 15, 26:28. Masters: 1. Hugg.

Females: 1. Jenny Caple, 29, 26:58; 2. Randy Buzzell, 12, 27:26; 3. Carolyn Stoll, 34, 27:54; 4. Cristine Meadows, 24, 29:17; 5. Janice Chason, 40, 29:47. Masters: 1. Chason.

Coming events

Saturday, DCRRC Belle Haven 25K, Alexandria, Va., 9 a.m., (703) 241-0395.

Saturday, Manchester 10K, Manchester, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 767-1402.

Saturday, BRRC Indoor Track and Field Meet, Catonsville Community College, 6-9 p.m., (410) 789-7560.

Sunday, RASAC Friends 5-Miler, Forest Hill, 8 a.m., (410) 879-9812.

Sunday, BRRC Cherry Pie 10-Miler, Patterson Park, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Sunday, Snowball 5-Mile Run, Wilmington, Del., 10:30 a.m., (302) 478-5660.

Sunday, WRRC Treat Shop Eight-Mile Shuttle Relay, Westminster, noon, (410) 848-4562.

Sunday, HCS Winter Series #5, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Feb. 12, RASAC Tuneup for Md.-DC Club Championship 10-Miler, Aberdeen, 8 a.m.Feb. 12, BRRC Valentine's 8-Miler, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Feb. 12, Annapolis Striders' Valentine's Twosome Relay, Severna Park Middle School, 10 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Feb. 12, Valentine's Day 5-Mile Couples Run, Wilmington, Del., 11 a.m., (302) 234-0918.

Feb. 12, Hampton Coliseum Half-Marathon, 5K, Hampton, Va., 1 p.m., (800) 800-2202.

Feb. 12, HCS Winter Series #6, Longfellow Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Feb. 18, Annapolis Striders' Washington's Birthday 5K, Arnold, 10 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Feb. 18, Indian Rock 10K, Indian Rock, Pa., 10 a.m., (717) 755-6806.

Feb. 18, BRRC Indoor Track and Field Meet, Catonsville Community College, 6-9 p.m., (410) 789-7560.

Feb. 19, Washington's Birthday Marathon, Greenbelt, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 19, HCS Winter Series #7, Swansfield Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

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