Elder to fill gap in his numbers Notebook


April 09, 1996|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,SUN STAFF

The 100th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday. This space has been profiling Maryland runners who will be competing.

Roy Elder has been long on numbers since he took up running 10 years ago.

Consider, for example, that in a decade Elder, 66, has become a member of nine running clubs, including the Hagerstown Run for Fun Club, the Chambersburg Road Runners Club, the York Road Runners Club, the Baltimore Road Runners Club, the Annapolis Striders, the Charlottesville Track Club, the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club, the Greencastle Running Club and Martinsburg Running Club.

Consider, also, that he has run 78 marathons, including four already this year.

"I did 15 in '94 and 17 in 1995," said Elder, a resident of Baltimore. "Right now, I'm doing so many 10K's and half-marathons that I'm running marathons just to make it through them. I do it to socialize as much as anything else."

The only number Elder seemingly has been short of is the Boston Marathon.

But that will change Monday when Elder runs in his first Boston in the race's centennial. He gained entry in the Boston Athletic Association's second lottery in October.

"For me, it seems the older I got I just couldn't get my time," said Elder, who needed a 3-hour, 45-second marathon finish to qualify. "I have a lot of friends running there this year -- I'm just looking forward to meeting them and meeting new friends."

And even though he has not run there before, he has talked with enough of those friends to know some things to expect.

"Everybody says the crowds will get you through in spite of how you feel, especially at Wellesley," Elder said.

No matter how he finishes, Elder has no plans to stop running. In fact, he already is making plans for other marathons this year.

"I think I'm going to the Pittsburgh Marathon in May," Elder said. "Then I'm in Grandfather [Boone, N.C.] Mountain. It'll be my fourth one for that one in July. Then there's Marine Corps, Atlantic City and the Marathon of the Roses. I'm already entered in that one."

After all, Elder never has been short on numbers.

Mottus on mend

Jill Mottus, who was planning on running in Boston on Monday, was victim of a hit-and-run accident as she was walking near the intersection of Sudbrook Lane and Old Court Road on March 29 around noon.

"I did all the training, I've been obsessed with this and it's like, 'Have you ever wanted something so much in your life and then had to deal with not being able to have it?' " said Mottus, who suffered a broken ankle and will not be running in the centennial event.


For the Chatham Mall 5K Viking Run on April 28 at Mount Hebron High School, runners from the previous year can earn a $2 discount toward their entry fees for each new runner they bring into the field. For information, call (410) 461-1261.

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Pub Date: 4/09/96

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