Tim Jacobs was sitting on his watch so he could be on time.
Jacobs finished the Baltimore Marathon Festival's Fila 5K at PSINet Stadium yesterday in 37 minutes not because he can't run faster, but because he was running hand-in-hand with his girlfriend, Pam Candelaria.
Jacobs, a 36-year-old member of the Secret Service, has run 10 marathons and three Ironman triathlons. He is helping Candelaria, a 39-year-old pharmaceutical salesperson, train for next Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon in the Washington area.
"We wanted to start together, finish together," Jacobs said.
"He was running with me to help me out," Candelaria said.
State of mind
Arnie Rosenblatt, a 65-year-old running in his first competitive race in the 5K and wearing a colorful cap emblazoned with pins from every state, finished in 38 minutes.
"I was 28 years on the road in tractor trailers, 21 1/2 as a tour bus driver," Rosenblatt said. "In March, I retired full time. I have literally driven a car, truck or bus in all 50 states. Every pin represents a place I've been."
The Maryland Athletic Club, a health and fitness club in Timonium to which he belongs, encouraged him to run in yesterday's 3.1-mile race.
"They said you can do the three miles, and I did the three miles," Rosenblatt said.
Paul Barents, 57, won the wheelchair division of the marathon in 2 hours, 4 minutes in his first attempt at the distance.
"My goal was to complete it, not to embarrass myself or anyone else and to enjoy Baltimore from a different perspective than you get driving around all the time."
Michael King, one of two Baltimore City Police motorcyclists who led Barents through the course, said: "We thought the runners were gong to catch him, but they never did. He's the man."
Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick, whose longest race distance had been a five-miler in college, ran the 5.9-mile finishing leg of the marathon team relay from Druid Hill Park.
His teammates for the first three legs were WMAR sportscaster Keith Mills, Orioles strength and conditioning coach Tim Bishop and Orioles trainer Richie Bancells.
"Those last two miles were like they were never-ending," Bordick said. "That's the best pace I've ever had."
Dave Berardi, one of the premier masters runners in Baltimore, ran the 5K in 15:20 and then ran the finishing leg of the marathon relay in 30:48.
"I'm beat," said Berardi, 41, who ran a 2:19:58 in the 1993 Columbus Marathon. "I was here to run a fast 5K, and that's the fastest 5K I've run in years. I figured I was going to run 15K next week, so I was almost there this week."
Does he ever stop?
Ronnie Wong, a 55-year-old Baltimorean running in his 119th marathon, finished in 3:01.
"I broke my first marathon time," Wong exclaimed as he crossed the finish line.
For those counting, that was Bermuda in 1981, when he ran a 3:07:39.
Race director Dave Cooley says there is a Baltimore Marathon Festival in the city's future.
"We're planning for next year," Cooley said. "We've had a few meetings already."
Running for a cause
Keith Brantly, an Olympic marathoner in 1996, was the last person to cross the starting line and raised $1 for each runner he beat to the finish line through a donation by GNC Pro Performance.
Brantly, 39, was running for the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Special Olympics of Maryland and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Brantly, who ran last week's Twin Cities Marathon, is running four marathons in a little more than five months to raise money for ADHD and local charities.
He finished 177th among the field of 6,500 in 3:18:59.
Vietnam veteran Eugene Robinson, a double amputee who runs on prosthetic devices, finished in 3:59:56.
Western Maryland College had four professors in the marathon field: psychology professors Margaret McDevitt and Sherri Hughes, English professor Erin Smith and education professor Francis "Skip" Fennell.