Who says runners are a grim lot?
Great poster touting the Lincoln (Neb.) Marathon shows Lincoln Memorial in Washington with Abe soaking his feet in a tub of water with the words, "One score and 6.2 miles . . ."
A note from a running club newsletter, compliments of Footnotes: "I'm a little depressed today. I was looking at my birth certificate and it suddenly occurred to me -- I've gained 175 pounds."
* A thousand showed up for the Zoo Zoom 5-miler last Sunday with Bob Yara (25:23) and Stacey Nicholson (29:25) prevailing.
* With just a day to go in a 1,300-mile race being conducted in Flushing Meadow Park in New York, Ronnie Wong holds a comfortable lead. After 17 days, he's at the 1,100-mile mark, leading nearly every step of the way after knocking off 104 miles in the first 24 hours.
* Ex-McDonogh runner Steve Raskin, now a medical student at the University of Chicago, has qualified for this weekend's Hawaii Ironman Triathlon . . . Adam Morrison did 18:24 to win the Harford Glen Foundation 5-K.
* Chris Fox finished second just two seconds behind Marcos Barreto's 28:24 at The Great Race 10-K in Pittsburgh. Francie Larrieu Smith (31:41) was first woman among 13,000 . . . Jim Hage won the National Capital 20-miler in 1:49:14. Rose Malloy (2:08) breezed on the women's side.
* The Baltimore Road Runners won the team title at the United Way 10-K in Washington, with Scott Douglas, Andy Passmore, Jim Pryde, Layne Party and Jim O'Keefe constituting the squad. Doug Mock took the event in 30:18 and Donna Moore did 37:20 on the women's side.
* Bill Reifsnyder (1:05:33) picked up the half-marathon title at the Duke (Albuquerque) City Marathon, which was won by Ken Wilson in 2:27:26 . . . Jim Knaub bested Ken Carnes by no more than a wheel to capture the 53-mile Wheelchair Race of Champions finishing in Washington Tuesday.
* Participants in Sunday's Glen Burnie B&A; Trail 10-K are instructed to show up at Marley Station Shopping Center prior to 8:30 a.m. from where they will be bussed to the start of the race at Severna Park High School . . . Brad Jaeger has been named director of Tri-Fed/USA, the national governing body for triathloning in the United States. Among his duties will be coordinating triathlon clubs and arranging for a championship for the 40,000 triathletes in the country.
* Aussie Steve Moneghetti blitzed to a 2:08:16, fastest time in the world this year, while taking the Berlin Marathon in front of 25,000. Home-grown Uta Pippig led the women in 2:28:37. Gidamis Shahanga finished second in 2:08:32, followed by Joerg Peter (2:09:23) and Stephan Freigang (2:09:45) in one of the fastest races in years. Both winners got $16,000 and a Mercedes, leaving one to wonder if the German company has any left over to sell after giving them away at so many races.
* Today-Saturday: 11th Senior Olympics, Towson State.
* Saturday: Great Allegany Run 15-K, Cumberland, 8 a.m., 729-3088; Market Street Mile, Frederick, 694-5847; Francis Scott Key Medical Center 5-K, Key Hospital, 9 a.m., 550-0417; 5-K Obstacle Race, Aberdeen Proving Ground, 10 a.m.; Sykesville 5-K, 9 a.m., 795-8959. Place for Your Pace, Ashland trail, 8 a.m.
* Sunday: Columbus Chase 10-K, Howard CC, 9 a.m.; Georgetown 10-K, Wisconsin and M streets, Washington, 9:30 a.m.; RASAC trail run, Rocks State Park, 9 a.m., 836-1784.
* Oct. 14: Bachman Valley half-marathon, Westminster, 8:30 a.m., 876-6201; Seagull 8-K, Anne Arundel CC, 9 a.m.
* Oct. 20: Thomas Run 7-miler, Harford CC, 9 a.m., 734-7737; Bud Light Triathlon Series Championship, Las Vegas; Lake Marburg Triathlon, Codorus State Park, Hanover, Pa., 9 a.m.
* Oct. 21: Rotunda 10-K, Rotunda Mall, 8 a.m., 494-8649.
* Oct. 27: Gator 5-K, St. Paul's School for Girls, 9 a.m., 823-6323.
* Oct. 28: Key School 10-K, Annapolis, 9 a.m.; Alzheimer's Memory Walk 5-miler, Rash Field, 9 a.m.
* Nov. 4: BRRC kids' cross country, Goucher College, 9 a.m., 882-4353.