Women gear up for midnight run

RUNNING

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

The Women's Distance Festival Grand Prix Series, which got under way two weeks ago in Montgomery County, continues Friday with the Howard County Striders' Women's Distance Festival 5K at Columbia Mall.

The Howard County race, which began in 1980 as a run through Phelps Luck in Columbia, has grown into an event that annually attracts 500 participants. And as it has since 1981, the race will begin at midnight.

"This year, for the first time, we were not the first race in the series, but we kept it at midnight because it keeps the race

unique and people love it," says race director Nancy Burns. "People always comment about the midnight start. It just makes it a fun way to do the race."

Burns expects a field of between 500 and 600 for the women-only race.

5) For information, call (410) 964-1998.

Cool down

Running in hot weather is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous. The New York Road Runners Club lists the following hot-weather running tips in its July newsletter:

* Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

* Drink plenty of fluids, even before you get thirsty.

* If you don't plan to race in the heat, don't train in it.

* Begin more slowly and run a steady pace in both training runs and races.

* If you have planned a long run and it is a hot day, postpone it for a cooler day.

* During runs and races, keep your body wet by pouring water over your head.

* If you anticipate running a race in the heat, train for it with 10 to 14 days of progressive heat training.

* If you feel dizzy, overheated, disoriented or cold, stop and walk.

Briefly

There were 292 finishers in Saturday's Firecracker 5K in Kingsville. . . . The week's top finishers:

WEDNESDAY

BRRC Summer Track Series (Tetrathon)

At Loyola High School

400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 meters (age-graded): Males: 1. John Roemer IV, 2,910; 2. Robert Torchia, 2,690; 3. Mark Rosasco, 2,680; 4. Paul Hannsen, 2,660; 5. John Sullivan, 2,560.

Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 2,240; 2. Gwen Esdale-Torchia, 1,910; 3. Denise Knickman, 1,810; 4. Lisa Shands, 1,690; 5. Carole Rosasco, 1,520.

SATURDAY

Firecracker 5K

At Kingsville

Males: 1. Eric Estrada, 23, 15:45; 2. Mike Woodman, 29, 15:55; 3. Neville Anderson, 33, 16:05; 4. Michael Sterling, 34, 16:12; 5. James Pryde, 42, 16:23; 6. George Altieri, 37, 16:27; 7. Ted Poulos, 33, 16:47; 8. Benjamin Lyng, 19, 16:48; 9. Mark Bogardy, 37, 16:57; 10. Mike Flaherty, NA, 17:20. Masters: 1. David Starnes, 49, 19:31.

Females: 1. Bea Marie Altieri, 28, 17:58; 2. Maureen Hall, 30, 18:10; 3. Laura Nelson, 29, 19:01; 4. Suzanne Delaney, 21, 19:09; 5. Margaret Starnes, 40, 19:20; 6. Denise Knickman, 27, 19:26; 7. Carole Rosasco, 35, 19:29; 8. Anne Nash, 26, 19:52; 9. Randon Fritsch, 50, 19:54; 10. Ellie Murphy, 41, 20:16. Masters: 1. Fritsch.

Coming events

Today, Arbutus Firecracker 10K, Arbutus Middle School, 8 a.m., (410) 887-1453.

Today, Dundalk Heritage 6K, Dundalk High School, 8 a.m., (410) 744-7218.

Tomorrow, BRRC Summer Track Series No. 3 (800M, 100M, 1,200M, 400M, 5,000M, 4 x 100M relay), Johns Hopkins, 6:30 p.m., (410) 243-3153.

Tomorrow, HCS 2M, 5M, Swansfield Elementary School, 7 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Friday, HCS Women's Distance Festival 5K, Columbia Mall, midnight, (410) 964-1998.

Saturday, Annapolis Striders' John Wall Memorial 1-Mile Track Run, Bates Track, 6 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, In Line Excitement 10K Inline Skate Race, Bethesda, (410) 882-6103.

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