Race not of speed, but for accuracy

Competition: Using self-awareness and internal time clocks, runners try to meet their predicted finish times for five miles.

January 02, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In the Baltimore Road Runners Club five-mile foot race held yesterday in Druid Hill Park, victory went not to the swiftest but rather to the runner with the most self-awareness.

A prize of a Timex sports watch goes to the runner who most accurately predicts his or her finishing time.

This year, Jamie Kaizer and Tyler Bray tied for first place in the men's category, finishing within a second of their predicted times. Both won watches.

In the women's category, Jeanette Novak and Robin Goodwin finished with the most accurate times, garnering watches for both of them. Novak missed her predicted time by eight seconds and Goodwin was off by 13 seconds.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Friday's editions about the Baltimore Road Runners Club five-mile foot race misspelled the name of Jamie Kaiser, co-winner in the men's category.
The Sun regrets the error.

The 44 participants were not allowed to wear watches during the race, which club secretary Tom Nasuta described as low-key.

Most runners - 35 men and nine women ranging in age from high school students to those in their 70s - finished in less than an hour, after completing a course that took them past many Druid Hill Park landmarks: the zoo entrance, reptile house, the lake and the conservatory.

The Baltimore Road Runners Club has held the New Year's Day race for about two decades, first at Loch Raven Reservoir, and now, because of construction there, in Druid Hill Park.

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