Baltimore Marathon

Special Pullout Section

October 18, 2001


More than 6,400 people are running the Baltimore Marathon. Here are snapshots of 14 of them.

* Lenora, 28, and Jeff Merkey, 30, of Ellicott City, who are celebrating their first wedding anniversary by running the marathon.

* Pat Yevics-Eisenberg of Ednor Gardens, who is running in her first marathon at age 51. Pat began running just two years ago. She calls her husband, Stewart (a nonrunner), her biggest supporter.

* Carole Williamson, 40, and Bruce Edwards, 47, both of Eldersburg, who have raised more than $4,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of that organization's Team in Training program.

* Sammy Kosgei, 27, of Kenya, who has a personal-best marathon time of 2:13:29. Kosgei is a member of the FILA Discovery running team.

* Luka Cherono, 24, of Kenya, who has a personal-best marathon time of 2:19:45. Cherono is also a member of the FILA Discovery running team.

* Jan Keadle, 42, of Timonium, whose registration in the race was a birthday gift from her sister-in-law. Jan is excited about running her first marathon but admits to having had bad thoughts about her sister-in-law during the long training runs.

* Dr. Lloyd Bowser, 35, of Homeland, a podiatrist and body builder who started running only six months ago.

* Mary Jo Rogers, 45, of Ruxton, who says she has "never done anything athletic in my life. I tell everyone this is my mid-life crisis."

* Kathleen Callaway, 70, of Redlands, Calif., who will be running her 53rd marathon. She ran her first in 1991, and posted a 5:44 time two weeks ago in the Portland (Ore.) Marathon, winning first in her age group.

* Jim Adams, 45, of Towson, owner of a Baltimore running-gear store. Of running this marathon, he says, "Everybody buys shoes from me, and I guess I have to lead by example."

* Eugene Roberts, 55, of Rockdale. The Vietnam veteran lost both legs in the war and runs on high-tech prostheses. His race goal: "to finish."

* Anne Gonnella, 31, of Ellicott City, who ran cross country and track in college. She had always wanted to do a marathon but lacked the motivation to train until she joined a running group. "Now I'm finally going to make this goal," she says.


It's a long way from starting line to finish line. Here are a few things that spectators can do to give runners a lift:

* Cheer -- for everyone, not just your favorite runner. If organizing a neighborhood cheering group, work in shifts so that someone will be out on the course for the entire time.

* Bring along bells and balloons -- anything to make the event lively and colorful.

* Give out orange slices.

* Set up a water station in your neighborhood, with cups, trash bags, etc.

-- Dave Cooley, race director


Not up to a 26-mile race? Run in the FILA 5K (3.1 miles) beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The course starts and finishes at PSINet Stadium and takes runners through historic sections of Baltimore. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners. Register through tomorrow at the Aetna Health & Fitness Expo at the stadium. Final packet pickup 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the stadium's Gate A, north side. Registration fee is $25. Call 410-377-8006.


Jim Adams, a veteran marathoner and owner of the Falls Road Running Store, offers these tips to help you recover quickly from the physical stress of running 26.2 miles.

* Keep moving after you cross the finish line and avoid the temptation to sit or lie down for long periods of time. Wrap yourself in a finisher's blanket or put on some dry clothes to stay warm.

* Begin drinking fluids immediately to replenish your body. Make sure to take in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium by drinking a sports drink as well as water. If you are too nauseated to stomach a sweet-tasting drink, cut it with water, or eat some potato chips or pretzels.

* Refuel with food at the athletes' tables. Go ahead and indulge -- you just burned off over 2,600 calories. Keep drinking fluids.

* Visit the massage tent for some post-race body work. Keep drinking fluids.

* Later in the day, go out for a short walk, bike ride, or even a little dancing at the post-race party. The activity will help flush some of the waste products from your muscles. Keep drinking fluids.

* Refrain from hard training until your body recovers from the efforts of the day. Depending upon your fitness level, it may be anywhere from several days to several weeks before you are ready to resume strenous physical activity.

Take it very easy the next few weeks, with light, nonimpact workouts such as walking, cycling or swimming.

The major soreness in your body will probably peak about 48 hours after the marathon, but don't be fooled into thinking that your body is ready to resume hard training.


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