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September 09, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Today, Sade Baderinwa finds out if nine weeks of training has paid off. The past nine Thursday evenings, the WBAL-TV morning and noon news anchor has joined bunches of other women at Polytechnic High School for training sessions preparing them for today's Avon Walking and Running event.

"I'm not a runner, but I got into this because I wanted to get in shape," Sade says. "I was going to the gym, but I wanted to do something that's fun."

Sade's "fun" started out in "beginning walking" -- one of four training groups Avon folks set up at the Thursday sessions. Nine weeks later, she'd advanced to the most advanced -- "intermediate running," running five miles each night.

It all culminates this morning at 8:30 as some 1,500 women take off from Rash Field, circle down through Locust Point, and end up where they began.

That's right -- women. No men allowed. Which means rewards at the end of the 5K run are aimed at feminine fancies, like free manicures, pedicures, massages and health screenings.

It's all geared to raise money -- and awareness -- to fight the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease. Money raised from today's race will go to the University of Maryland Heart Center.

Dave Cooley has been the race director for the four years the Avon has been here in B-more. He's watched some women come back and run or walk it every year.

"It's a great event for women," Dave explains, "There's such diversity in age and body shape. It really gives women who normally wouldn't go out and do an exercise program a chance to do that with other women."

Take Sade, for instance, whose running career has just begun.

"This has spurred me to actually run in the Baltimore marathon [Oct. 20]. Not the whole thing," she quickly adds, "but at least one leg of the race."

You don't have to have been part of the training sessions to compete today. Just show up at Rash Field between 6:30 and 8:30, pay your 20 bucks, and join the pack.

Unless, of course, you're of the male persuasion. Sorry, guys, this time you're out of the running.

Social Calendar

Sept. 12: "Lifetime Achievement Dinner Honoring Sister Helen Amos." Benefits Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-602-0160, Ext. 230.

Sept. 11: "John Steadman Tournament of Hope Reception & Dinner." Benefits American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge. Mingle with Baltimore sports legends, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner. Beechtree Golf Club, 811 South Stepney Rd., Aberdeen. Tickets $625, includes golf tournament, breakfast and lunch. Call 800-787-4337.

Sept. 16: "Irish Hunt Breakfast." Benefits Charles Carroll House of Annapolis. Cash bar, Irish brunch, Irish singing and dancing, 18th-century "guests," showing of Irish breed dogs, St. Brendan's Cup Regatta Awards. Charles Carroll House, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Noon-2:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-269-1737.

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