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In 48 states, all he's saying is give Peace a chance


If this is Tuesday, this must be Florida -- or one of the 47 other states Baltimorean Gary Pedroni will be running through in the next three months.

Pedroni, a former high school and community college teacher who spent last semester teaching at Harvard University, is on an extended semester break.

He is in the midst of the USA Peace Run, an 11,000-mile, 118-day odyssey that will keep him running throughout the 48 contiguous states.

"We started in New York and we end in New York on Aug. 14," Pedroni says. "Peace Run America will be a continuous torch run."

Two weeks ago, Pedroni and fellow Baltimorean Bruce Holtman carried the torch through Maryland on a 95-mile state route from the Delaware border to Washington.

"We will cover 50 states, but there will be separate runs in Alaska and Hawaii," says Pedroni. "I expect to run in all the [contiguous] states."

He is part of a relay team that will cover between 90 and 100 miles a day.

"If I stay healthy, I hope to run some distance in every state," Pedroni says.

The USA Peace Run, part of a simultaneous running event that includes legs in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia, began in New York on April 17. Two of the legs feature a 45-nation European relay and a run between Egypt and Israel.

"We had a great send-off [in New York]," Pedroni says. "It was a five-borough run that converged at a central point in New York -- at the United Nations Plaza.

"That was sort of the New York peace run. We ran into New Jersey on Saturday [April 17] afternoon. We converged at the UN with [New York] Mayor [David N.] Dinkins, the mayor of Albany and lots of other notable people."

The most exhilarating part of the run?

"For me, it's an inspiration to carry the message of peace to other people," Pedroni says. "This is not just a run for members of the relay team; this is a run for the positive message of peace to others. For me, to see others get involved is the greatest inspiration.

"It was so inspiring to see young boys and girls [at a stop at a New Jersey school] taking part in ultimately what we're going to be doing for the next four months."


Ernie Imhoff, 56, of Baltimore achieved an unusual double on Saturday. The Union Memorial Hospital 8K was his 100th different race; he also has climbed more than 100 different mountains. . . . Maureen Hall made it two victories in two weeks with a victory in Sunday's Governor's Bay Bridge 10K Run at Sandy Point State Park. The Montgomery County Road Runners Club's Dominique DaLuz, 32, edged Chris Ciamarra, 22, by a second in the men's division. . . . There were 360 finishers in the Union Memorial Hospital 8K.

The 5K Run for Israel, planned in conjunction with "Celebrate Israel" -- the Jewish Community Center's weeklong series of activities honoring the 45th anniversary of the State of Israel -- will be held June 6 at 8 a.m. at the JCC. Runners will be eligible for a random drawing for tickets to the 1993 All-Star Game at Oriole Park. Entry fee for those who register before May 15 is $10. Thereafter, the fee is $13 until June 1 and $15 on race day. For information, call race director Les Kinion at (410) 882-5455 or the JCC at (410) 356-5200. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

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