Home Run 8K won't be on strike

RUNNING

March 21, 1995|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

The bad news is that there is a good chance the Major League Baseball Players Association will be on strike for Opening Day this year.

The good news is that, strike or no strike, replacement games or no replacement games, the Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K will go off on April 2 at Camden Yards.

For those runners who don't want to align with the players or owners, here's more good news: The Home Run isn't taking sides.

"A lot of people are associating major-league baseball players and this race. Our primary motivation is to raise money for Little League baseball and softball leagues in the area," said Tom Howser, a member of the Oriole Advocates since 1990 and the coordinator of the 8K run. The proceeds of the Home Run will go to area youth baseball programs.

The Advocates are a group of approximately 80 members who are involved in charitable fund-raising events, who are active in the maintenance of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the running of the Junior Orioles program, and who are instrumental in providing baseball clinics for youth.

"We are the major sponsor of the Champions League in Reisterstown for the athletically challenged," said Howser. "We have our own Little League team."

Several years ago, the Advocates initiated a "Cardboard to Leather" program in which they collected and transported baseball equipment to impoverished youth in the Dominican Republic.

"The Oriole Advocates -- strike or no strike -- have been busy all winter," said Howser, who is 43 and more of a walker than runner these days. "We have a listing to give money to dozens of Little Leagues and rec centers having to do with baseball. We'll continue to be busy."

The Advocates, who are in their 36th year of operation, will distribute to each race entrant a T-shirt commemorating their 35th anniversary.

"We would like to get a thousand runners," said Howser.

Briefly

Area finishers in Saturday's Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, Va.: Jesse Henighan, 49, 3:27:19; Chet Coates, 54, 3:48:48; Janet Yahiro, 38, 3:36; Leigh Sorin, 44, 3:36; Julie Baker, 3:40. . . . Area finishers in Sunday's Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon: Phil Lang, 27, 1:20:45; Bob Burns, 42, 1:21:06; Mick Slonaker, 45, 1:24:02. . . . There were 1,385 finishers in Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run 5K. . . . James Pryde was a double winner in Sunday's Masters Eastern Regional Championships at the University of Delaware, finishing first in the 1,500 (4:10.36) and the 800 (2:02.33). . . . Sunday's top finishers:

RASAC Kielbasa 6.1-Miler

At Bel Air

Males: 1. Jeff Hinte, 36:51; 2. Greg Thompson, 38:20; 3. Mike Sheely, 39:30; 4. Mike Feinberg, 40:07; 5. Gary Reilly, 40:44; 6. Fred Carlson, 41:19; 7. Larry Emanuel, 42:36; 8. Dave Starnes, 42:36; 9. Scott Smith, 43:19; 10. Tim Dougherty, 43:32.

Females: 1. Tracy Lawler, 46:28; 2. Angie Parrish-Hoover, 47:23; 3. Cathy Bartholomew, 50:02; 4. Ellie Fischer, 50:18; 5. Robin Edie, 54:58; 7. Kathy Thornton, 57:54.

Roemer's Roller Coaster 8-Mile Run

At Hampstead

Males: 1. Steven Eick, 31, 50:35; 2. Terry Shamer, 37, 51:24; 3. Todd Schafer, 34, 53:17; 4. Jim Tuson, 33, 58:07; Paul Baltutis, 37, 58:07; 6. Don Scarborough, 17, 59:17; 7. Scott Shaffer, 18, 61:40; 8. Doug Ripley, 27, 64:48; 9. Paul Hannsen, 22, 64:50; 10. Pete Sciukas, 45, 64:57.

Females: 1. Carol Zimmerman, 36, 63:55; 2. Molly Brostrom, 30, 65:12; 3. Judith van der Laan, 18, 69:45; Bridget Wilot, 15, 69:45; 5. Cristine Meadows, 24, 73:13; 6. Shari Kohne, 18, 73:32; 7. Alicia Cervantes, 24, 78:27; 8. Judith Gilbert, 51, 84:15.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run 5K

At Baltimore

Males: 1. Dave Berardi, 34, 14:59; 2. Richard Cochrue, 21, 15:01; 3. Neville Anderson, 33, 15:14; 4. Vernon Chavis, 25, 15:20; 5. Peter Smith, 18, 15:31; 6. Jim Clelland, 37, 15:34; 7. Chris Samley, 32, 15:38; 8. Aaron Walton, 31, 15:44; 9. Ron Stuhl, 27, 15:44; 10. Michael Sterling, 34, 15:48. Masters: 1. Mark Aeling, NA.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 32, 17:10; 2. Maureen Hall, 30, 17:59; 3. Pat Keeney-Ryan, 33, 18:45; 4. NA; 5. Ellie Murphy, 41, 19:10; 6. Given Torchic, 45, 19:12; 7. Britt Coffin, 26, 19:21; 8. Randon Fritsch, 50, 19:24; 9. Michelle St. Laurent, 24, 19:37; 10. Barb Willig, 32, 19:43. Masters: 1. Murphy.

Coming events

Saturday, Duckworth Relays 5K, Glenelg High School, 9 a.m., (410) 964-1998.

Saturday, Hinte-Anderson Trail 50K, Susquehanna State Park, 9 a.m., (410) 879-7679.

Saturday, Chambersburg YMCA Half-Marathon, Chambersburg, Pa., 9:30 a.m., (717) 765-8752.

Sunday, Essex Community College March Madness 5K, Essex CC, (410) 882-5455.

Sunday, WRRC Mayberry Trot 10K, Taneytown, 9 a.m., (410) 848-4629.

Sunday, MCRRC River Rumble Half-Marathon, Potomac, 9 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Sunday, Reindeer Run 5K, Upper Marlboro, (410) 377-8882.

April 1, River Run, Greenbelt, 8:30 a.m.

April 1, RASAC Crazy Swede 5K Run, Havre de Grace, 9 a.m., (410) 939-6181.

April 1, Mattapany Trail Half-Marathon, Patuxent River, 9 a.m.

April 2, Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K, Camden Yards, 9 a.m., (410) 882-5455.

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