Marathon A To Z

October 13, 2006|By [ Paul McMullen] | [ Paul McMullen],SUN REPORTER

Twenty-six people and places in the 2006 Baltimore Running Festival, one for every letter in the alphabet - or mile in the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon.

A is for Mykola Antonenko, the defending champion from Ukraine.

B is for Trinidad & Tobago's Pamenos Ballantyne, one of the best out of the Caribbean.

C is for Kenya's David Cheruiyot, who won Houston earlier this year in 2:12.

D is for Lyubov Denisova, the half marathon favorite who's gearing up for the New York City Marathon. Her best is 2:25.

E is for Emmanuel Chamer, a 5K entry from Kenya who has broken 62 minutes in the half marathon.

F is for Fort McHenry, where foreigners weren't as welcome in 1814.

G is for greenbacks. Both marathon winners will pocket $15,000.

H is for Hajime Nishi, 57, an "ecomarathoner" from Japan who stops along the way to enjoy the people and scenery.

I is for Ilona Barvanova, a Ukrainian who was the women's runner-up last year.

J is for Jennifer Chesinon, a Kenyan who hopes to end Eastern Europe's dominance of the women's marathon.

K is for Joseph Kahugu, a Kenyan with a best of 2:07:59. That's cooking.

L is for Light Street, where spectators can see marathoners twice and the start of the CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Half Marathon.

M is for Margaret Karie, a Kenyan with 2:30 credentials making her American roads debut.

N is for Virginia's Laura Nelson, a four-time winner of the JFK 50-Miler.

O is for Elena Orlova, looking to make it three straight in the United Way 5K.

P is for marathoner John Piggott, a Navy man who's defending in the Armed Forces Challenge and Masters categories.

Q is for a quality marathon field, 11 men who have run under 2:19.

R is for Ray Pugsley, a one-time Johns Hopkins graduate student who will lead off the Falls Road Running Store, favored in the Legg Mason Funds Team Relay.

S is for St. Paul Street, where marathoners will make good time in miles 5, 6 and 7.

T is for Tatiana Titova, a 41-year-old Russian who broke 2:30 two years ago.

U is for the statue of Johnny Unitas, a furlong past the finish line, peering out over all.

V is for marathoner Mark Viviano, the WJZ sports anchor who trains 60 miles a week.

W is for Westminster, where marathoners Mark Gilmore, Steve Kartalia and Rob Magin got their start.

X marks the intersections where unwitting motorists will have to wait for runners.

Y is for Yirefu Birhanu, a talented young Ethiopian making his marathon debut.

Z is for Ethiopia's Sentayoh Zemedu, one of the top women entered in the half marathon.

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