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The Baltimore Road Runners Club is no stranger to major road races.

The club played a vital role in the production of the now-defunct Maryland Marathon, and presently it conducts a variety of high-profile races -- the Constellation Classic 10K, the Zoo Zoom 5-miler, the Executive Stampede, the Lady Avia, the Crustacean Crawl 4-miler and the North Central Trail Marathon -- at a variety of distances.

For the most part, those races are spaced over the racing season, but this year, the club finds itself with two of those major races in six days.

That is because the Constellation, traditionally run on Memorial Day weekend, has been moved up a week to Sunday and the Crustacean Crawl is scheduled for the following Friday.

And no one knows that better than a harried Jeff Sanborn, BRRC president who doubles as Crustacean Crawl race director. Sanborn, a history teacher at McDonogh School, is the boys and girls outdoor track coach there and, as such, is in the middle of the high school championship season, as well.

"I've got a championship meet at McDonogh the Saturday before Constellation," Sanborn, 39, said last week. "Then we have the Constellation on Sunday. Then we come back with the Crustacean Crawl the same week. It's a fairly hectic week. Spring for me is always hectic.

"Thank God, my wife is a saint. If it's not a track meet, it's a meeting here and a meeting there. It's a busy time of the year. We kick back a little in the summer."

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