The Baltimore Road Runners Club stages a third of its races, as well as its A Place for Your Pace program, in the pristine setting of the Loch Raven watershed.
In the warmer months, when the pines that line Loch Raven Drive provide respite from the sun and heat, it is a blessing. In the winter, when temperatures fall below freezing and the wind kicks up as it did in Sunday's Valentine's 8-Miler, it can be a curse.
Neville Anderson made the Valentine's an even tougher race when he went out at a 5-minute, 16-second first-mile pace, much to the surprise of first-place finisher Andy Passmore.
"I just ran 5:20s all the way to the turnaround," Passmore said. "I had a 48-second lead at that point. I saw Neville coming back, and it looked like he was struggling."
"That was suicidal," Passmore, who finished in 43:47, told Anderson as they compared notes after the race. "You're not going to win a race like this going out that fast. You will still feel the effects of oxygen depletion in the second mile. You've got to do that in a cross country race, where you're jockeying for position, but not in a race like this."
Anderson, who wanted to get in a good, hard run before Sunday's Washington's Birthday Marathon, gladly accepted Passmore's advice, but wasn't offering any excuses for his second-place run.
"I go where I can get to," said Anderson, who lives in West Baltimore and trains in Druid Hill Park. "Washington's Birthday is this week. I would like to jump in there and do a 2:20."
That's a lofty goal for Anderson, 30, who played baseball and basketball in high school but who began running competitively only two years ago.
"He really puts his heart and soul into it, no matter what he runs," said Bob Ray, who oversaw the finish line in the Valentine's 8-Miler.
NOTES: Marge Rosasco won the female division of the Valentine's 8-Miler. She and Passmore won $50 gift certificates for Peerce's Plantation, which overlooks the start of the race. . . . The top finishers:
Males: 1. Andy Passmore, 43:47; 2. Neville Anderson, 45:18; 3. David Lowe, 48:09; 4. Bill Peeling, 48:26; 5. Charles Shifflett Jr., 48:42.
Females: 1. Marge Rosasco, 50:05; 2. Marianne Jensen, 52:04; 3. Nancy Gugerty, 52:32; 4. Joy Glass, 53:53; 5. Barbara Willig, 55:22.
There will be a new course for the 14th annual Constellation Classic 10K, to be run May 24 at 8:20 a.m. The course, which
had gone north on Calvert Street, will begin, as in past years, on Light Street, but will proceed east. The new course: Light Street to Pratt Street, east on Pratt to President Street, south on President to Fleet Street, east on Fleet to Central Avenue, south on Central to Aliceanna Street, east on Aliceanna to Boston Street, to Highland Avenue, north on Highland to Hudson Street, to Boston Street and back on the same course to the Inner Harbor. The race, which is certified by The Athletics Congress, will finish on Key Highway. . . . The second annual Constellation Running & Fitness Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day before the race at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. For information on the Constellation, call the BRRC hot line at (410) 323-7860. . . . Sunday's top finishers:
RASAC Tuneup for Md-DC Club championship 10-miler
At Aberdeen Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 54:37; 2. Jeff Hinte, 55:20; 3. Rick Schneider, 61:01; 4. Duane Christie, 61:37; 5. Dan Anderson, 62:53.
Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 67:10; 2. Lucy Howard, 70:34; 3. Barbara Johnson, 71:29; 4. Tracie Lawler, 71:29; 5. Katherine Cosenza, 74:56.
WRRC Treat Shop Eight-Mile Shuttle Relay At Westminster 1. Jenny Caple, Bob McCubbin, 53:27; 2. David Herlocker, Bill Glover, 54:42; 3. Sue Glover, Sharon Hull, Eric Gyaki, 56:29; 4. Tim Hugg, Liuda Galinaitis, Roger Kilgore, 57:42.
Upcoming: Sunday, BRRC Cherry Pie 10-Miler, Patterson Park, 9 a.m., (410) 323-7860.
Sunday, Annapolis Striders' Valentine's Twosome Relay 5K, Severna Park Middle School, 10 a.m., (410) 268-1165.
Sunday, Washington's Birthday Marathon, Greenbelt, 10:30 a.m., (703) 256-2327.
Sunday, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
Feb. 22, Annapolis Striders' Washington's Birthday 5K, Arnold, 10 a.m., (410) 268-1165.
Feb. 23, Md-DC Road Runners Club Championship 10-Mile Team Challenge, Howard Community College, 8 a.m., (410) 964-1998.
Feb. 23, Colonial Half-Marathon, 5K, Williamsburg, Va., 1 p.m., (804) 221-3362.
Feb. 29, RASAC Polar Bear 5K, Street, 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.
March 1, Myers Memorial 8K, Brooklyn, 9 a.m., (410) 882-5455.
March 1, The Bethesda Chase 20K, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 10:15 a.m.
March 1, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
March 7, WRRC Target Affinity 5K, 10K, Western Maryland College, 8 a.m., (410) 848-9248.
March 7, RASAC Last Train to Boston Marathon, Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood area, 11 a.m., (410) 661-6099.
March 8, B & A Trail Marathon, Severna Park High School, 7:30 a.m., (410) 721-1442.
March 8, BRRC Layne Half-Marathon, Lake Montebello, 9 a.m., (410) 323-7860.
March 8, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.