Ray to celebrate 'Ironman' streak: 28 years of running every day

RUNNING

April 04, 1995|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

Happy anniversary, Bob Ray.

Ray, who will turn 58 on Friday, today observes 28 years of having run every day in what is believed to be the world's second-longest streak.

Ron Hill of England observed 30 years of having run every day on Dec. 20.

"When I turn 60, I will have been running half my life," Ray says. "It gets a little confusing because I didn't start my streak the same time I started running."

He began running in 1953, but didn't begin his streak until April 4, 1967.

"I started on my father's birthday to honor him," Ray says. "He and my mom raised nine of us children."

Along the way, Ray, who finished the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Crazy Swede 5K Run in 23:16, has logged 74,000-plus miles during the streak and 96,000-plus career miles.

"Usually, I celebrate a milestone in some special way," he says. "For example, I celebrated 10,000 consecutive days last Aug. 20 when my training partner Ray Lorden and Keith Mills and I went down to the track at Parkville and did 10,000 meters.

"I wasn't going to do 10,000 miles."

His next milestone?

"Three laps around the Earth," Ray says. "That's 74,704 miles. It's a couple of months away, but we're trying to think of something special."

"What I'm really shooting for is 100,000 career miles. That's coming up on July 4, 1996."

Briefly

There were 412 finishers in Sunday's Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K, 346 in Sunday's Pikesville 5K Run and 176 in Saturday's Crazy Swede 5K Run. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

RASAC Crazy Swede 5K Run

At Havre de Grace

Males: 1. Vernon Chaves, 16:58; 2. Jim Otte, 17:10; 3. Mark Bogardy, 17:17; 4. Tim Kennedy, 17:30; 5. Chad Boyle, 17:34; 6. Donnie Mickey, 17:41; 7. Greg Thompson, 17:52; 8. Brian Miller, 18:10; 9. Berry Dippner, 18:11; 10. Bert Booth, 18:18.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 19:24; 2. Donna Lewis, 20:06; 3. Megan McNew, 21:33; 4. Sofia Garcia, 21:35; 5. Karen Hanson, 22:30; 6. Wanda McCue, 22:34; 7. Ellie Fischer, 22:55; 8. Lydia Johnson, 23:31; 9. Sharon Lachall, 23:52; 10. Paige McCarthy, 23:57.

Billy Korrow 5K Run

At Loyola High School

Males: 1. Greg Shaffer, 16:33; 2. Maurice Pointer, 16:48; 3. Ken Miller, 16:50; 4. Justin Whittington, 16:59; 5. Chris Smith, 17:29; 6. Chris Sinclair, 17:37; 7. Kevin Underwood, 17:41; 8. Tony Pridgen, 17:47; 9. Rick Russell, 18:03; 10. Brendan Henderson, 18:05. Masters: 1. Miller.

Females: 1. Tess Deanahan, 18:53; 2. Ellie Murphy, 19:00; 3. Kate Deanahan, 19:38; 4. Mary-Clare McFadden, 19:42; 5. Allison Ferguson, 19:55; 6. Kelly McPherson, 20:15; 7. Sarah MacSherry, 20:45; 8. Kim Altenburger, 21:09; 9. Kathy Mathias, 21:11; 10. Whitney Metzler, 21:13. Masters: 1. Murphy.

SUNDAY

Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K

At Camden Yards

Males: 1. Doug Walter, 26, Chambersburg, 24:57; 2. Chris Monheim, 26, 26:27; 3. Scott Schoffler, 34, 26:53; 4. David Webster, 42, 27:00; 5. Tim Dunlap, 38, 27:07; 6. Scott Paris, 34, 27:16; 7. Mark Elsasser, 28, 27:44; 8. Michael Sterling, 34, 27:52; 9. Martin Goode, 32, 28:02; 10. Mark Shaw, 33, 28:25. Masters: 1. Webster.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 32, 29:22; 2. Maureen Hall, 30, 30:42; 3. Maureen Murphy, 28, 31:45; 4. Wendy Henke, 26, 32:16; 5. Patrice Malloy, 36, 32:36; 6. Michelle St. Laurent, 24, 33:00; 7. Randon Fritsch, 50, 33:25; 8. Carlene Cook, 28, 34:18; 9. Eileen McLoughlin, 38, 34:56; 10. Gloria Ackerman, 33, 35:18. Masters: 1. Fritsch.

Pikesville 5K Run

At Pikesville

Males: 1. Earl Stoner, 26, 14:38; 2. Steve Kartalia, 29, 14:54; 3. Brian Ferrari, 33, 14:57; 4. Gerry Clapper, 33, 15:03; 5. Dave Berardi, 34, 15:09; 6. Chris Chattin, 31, 15:10; 7. Neville Anderson, 33, 15:32; 8. Jim Clelland, 37, 15:59; 9. George Altieri, 37, 16:06; 10. Harry Goodman, 41, 16:27. Masters: 1. Goodman.

Females: 1. Bea Marie Fritsch, 27, 17:58; 2. Barb Willig, 32, 19:47; 3. Laura DeWald, 37, 20:44; 4. Megan McNew, 16, 21:02; 5. Karen Hanson, 29, 21:55; 6. Jackie Isola, 32, 21:57; 7. Melissa Stokes, 26, 22:08; 8. Sara Holly, 26, 22:23; 9. Sandy Salazar, 43, 22:37; 10. Janice Chason, 40, 22:57. Masters: 1. Salazar.

Coming events

Saturday, Dulaney 5K Classic, 8:30 a.m.Saturday, WRRC Farm 5K, Westminster, 8:30 a.m., (410) 848-9520.

Saturday, St. Paul's 5K Crusade, St. Paul's School, 10 a.m., (410) 628-6290.

Saturday, BRRC One-Hour Run, McDonogh, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Saturday, Terrapin Trot 5K, College Park, 10 a.m., (301) 314-8495.

Saturday, Trevira Twosome, New York City, 10:30 a.m., (212) 860-4455.

Saturday, Cherry Blossom 5-Miler, Wilmington, Del., (302) 654-6400.

Saturday, Charlottesville 10-Miler, Charlottesville, Va.

Saturday, Mattapany Trail Half-Marathon, Patuxent River.

Sunday, RASAC Covered Bridge 5.85-Miler, Fallston, 8 a.m., (410) 879-9294.

Sunday, Northern Telecom Cherry Blossom 10M, Washington, 8 a.m.

Sunday, Anne Arundel Community College Spring Triathlon ( 1/3 M swim, 7M bike, 5K run), AACC, 9 a.m..

Sunday, Tri-Maryland Frederick Biathlon (3M run, 20M bike, 3M run), Frederick, 10 a.m.Sunday, Annapolis Striders' Cherry Pit 10-Miler, South River High School, 2 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, HCS Spring Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

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