Some willing to go that extra mile to gain place among 'ultra' racers

Running

February 06, 1996|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,SUN STAFF

What the Renaissance All- Sports Athletic Club lacks in members, it makes up for in variety.

The 200-member club based in Bel Air not only sponsors a road race almost every week of the year, it offers distances ranging from the popular Bel Air Town Run 5K to the Hinte-Anderson Trail Run 50K.

The trail run, which will be held March 23 at Susquehanna State Park, even has spurred the formation of an offshoot, the RASAC Ultra Running Mileage Club.

"We've been keeping the statistics for about 10 years or so," RASAC's Phil Anderson said. "It kind of started when I ran 40 miles for my 40th birthday."

To be eligible, you must be an RASAC member, must have finished at least one ultra race longer than 26.2 miles and must have finished the race for it to be counted.

Ultramarathons have taken club members from Vermont to California. This weekend, the group's Steve Boutilier completed the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler in Texas.

The group's top five includes Jeff Hinte, 2,989 miles; Rick Schneider, 2,271; Boutilier, 2,260; Anderson, 2,052, and Gary Reilly, 1,210.

For information on participating, call Anderson at (410) 879-7679.

BRRC championships set

The Baltimore Road Runners Club has announced the schedule of its championship series for the 1996 season.

The eight-part series, which began with the Championship 10-Miler: March 24, Roemer Roller Coaster 15K, Parkton, 9 a.m.; April 14, Championship 10K, Loch Raven, 9 a.m.; May 5, Championship 5-Miler, Hillside, 9 a.m.; June 9, Championship 5K, Lake Montebello, 8 a.m.; July 17, Meet of Miles, Hereford High School, 6 p.m.; Oct. 20, Championship Half-Marathon, Ashland Trail, 8 a.m.; Nov. 9, Championship Cross Country 5K, Goucher, 9 a.m.

Briefly

The Howard County Striders' annual awards for 1995: fastest Boston Marathon qualifiers, Paul Keating, Deborah Barnett; volunteers of the year, Mick Slonaker, Nancy Burns; junior Striders of the year, Faisal Hasan, Steve Petro, Dana Strickland; new runners of the year, Chuck Daniels, Jeanine Best, Joya Fritsch-Fields; most improved runners, Ray Frankewich, Kelly Barton; masters runners of the year, Steve Ruckert, Randon Fritsch; open runners of the year, George Altieri, Bea Marie Altieri. . . . Sunday's top finishers:

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