Baltimore field adds entrants, strength

4 of last year's top 5 males will compete in marathon

about 7,000 set for festival

Running

October 11, 2003|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

The Under Armour Baltimore Marathon is doing good repeat business, with four of the top five men from 2002 returning for the centerpiece of next Saturday's Baltimore Running Festival.

Erick Kimayo, a 34-year-old who coaches in Fila's Discovery Kenya program, announced last week that he would return to defend the title he earned last year.

This week the field added Charles Kamindo (2002 runner-up) and Sergey Nochevny (third last year). Kamindo, 21, ran with Kimayo until the 22nd mile last year. This year he has won 26.2-mile tests in Louisville and Green Bay. Nochevny, a 34-year-old Russian, recently went under 2 hours, 20 minutes to take the Quad Cities Marathon.

The marathon also includes Glen Burnie native Chris Ciamarra, who was fifth a year ago; Columbia's Chris Chattin, the top local in 2001; Dave Berardi, who teamed with Chattin on the winning foursome in the Geico Direct Team Relay last year; and 41-year-old Neville Anderson, who enjoyed a successful return to marathoning last year with a 10th-place finish.

The women's race will feature Russian Elvira Kolpakova, the two-time champion here, against Ruxton's Lee DiPietro. Kolpakova is coming off of a win in Detroit, while DiPietro is bolstered by an American 45-49 age group record in the half-marathon.

As of yesterday, registration for the five events in the Baltimore Running Festival was approximately 7,000. Online registration at www.thebaltimoremarathon.com will be accepted through 9 a.m. Wednesday.

With 2,700 registered for the marathon, race organizers are willing to exceed the 3,000 cap they had placed on the inaugural CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Half-Marathon. The 13.1-mile race has 2,900 entries.

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