Run's roots begin in foothills

Ukrainians, Russians benefit from training

Baltimore Running Festival

October 12, 2006|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

The finish for Saturday's Under Armour Baltimore Marathon will be between Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium, but the outcome might have been determined last month on the landbridge between the Black and Caspian seas, in the foothills of the north Caucasus region of Russia.

Mykola Antonenko prepared to defend the Baltimore Marathon title he won last year by training in Kislovodsk, a popular destination in the Caucasus. He's coming from a training environment also used by Ilona Barvanova, a fellow Ukrainian who was the women's runner-up in Baltimore last year.

Baltimore Marathon

Saturday, 8 a.m., start at Russell and Camden streets TV: Ch. 11, 9 a.m.

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