*TC Sure, the Baltimore Road Runners Club will have its Lady Avia 5K, the Annapolis Striders its Annapolis Ten-Mile Run and the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club its Bel Air Town Run 5K at their traditional early morning Sunday starts, but come the summer months, many of the area's running clubs go to something different.
Evening runs . . . often on the track . . . and during the week.
Beginning June 17 and continuing through Aug. 19, the Annapolis Striders will hold their Summer Fun Run Series on Thursday evenings at Bates Track in Annapolis.
The Baltimore Road Runners Club commences its annual four-part Summer Track Series June 23 at Catonsville High School.
And the Westminster Road Runners Club begins its six-part Twilight Series on June 3 with its Two-Mile Track Run at Western Maryland College.
The reasons for the evening departure are obvious to those who run through the summer: Increased daylight hours give runners additional time to train, evening runs are cooler and track work improves a runner's speed and stamina for the fall season.
Says the Annapolis Striders' Evan Thomas about the club's 6 p.m. starts: "It gives people time to get home from work and it's a little cooler."
The Annapolis program begins with a one-mile fun run and is followed by a four-miler.
Fun is always the order of the evening.
"We always have the kids run first," Thomas says. "It's always followed by watermelons and ribbons. Some days, they might even get a whistle from my bag of goodies."
For information on the Annapolis Striders' program, call its hotline at (410) 268-1165; for information on the BRRC Track Series, call Scott Lutrey at (410) 544-2849; and for information on the WRRC Twilight Series, call David Herlocker at (410) 848-8332.
Registration and packet pickup for Sunday's 5Karibbean Run will be Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. and Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bay Cafe, 2809 Boston St. Cash awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers. . . . Ron Hill, 55, former Maryland Marathon winner, finished Sunday's Constellation Classic 10K in 39:40. . . . Christopher Rauber and Maria Pazarentzos won their divisions of the Western Heights Middle School 5K at Hagerstown on May 16. . . . Saturday's top finishers:
Edgewood Community Fair 5K At Edgewood Males: 1. Eric Estrada, 15:47; 2. Brian Fitzpatrick, 16:17; 3. Mark Bogardy, 16:30; 4. Charlie Koester, 17:10; 5. Todd Unger, 17:20; 6. Paul Mowarth, 17:25; 7. Rick Schmidt, 17:38; 8. Duane Christy, 18:50; 9. Mark Anderson, 18:20; 10. Kerry Bauruth, 18:23.
Females: 1. Barbara LaGodna, 21:33; 2. Erin Fitzgerald, 22:38; 3. Beth Hadrygs, 24:06; 4. Joanne Fotia, 25:04; 5. Anna Hinojosa, 25:26; 6. Martha Mitchum, 26:59; 7. Pam Morrison, 29:54; 8. Joanne Harris, 30:49; 9. Jeannine Quinn, 34:43.
RASAC Meadowvale Mallard 5K At Susquehanna State Park Males: 1. Joe Knisely, 18:02; 2. Larry Emanuel, 18:42; 3. Mike Heiberger, 18:44.
Females: 1. Betty Lou Tucker, 21:33; 2. Joyce Steinberg, 23:13.
Friday, Crustacean Crawl 4-miler, Goucher College, 7 p.m., (410) 666-1840.
Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.
Saturday, RASAC Memorial Day Wilderness 5-Miler, 8 a.m., (410) 836-3192.
Sunday, People Encouraging People 5Karibbean Run, Boston Street, 9 a.m, (410) 494-8649.
Monday, MCRRC Ekiden Relay, Kensington, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.
Monday, HCS Fruit Relay 10M, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
June 3, WRRC Twilight Series #1, Two-Mile Track Run, Western Maryland College, (410) 848-8332.
June 4, MCRRC Go For the Gold Track, Rockville, 7:15 p.m., (301) 353-0200.
June 5, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.
June 5, Sri Chinmoy Runners Are Smilers 2-miler, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., (410) 467-3223.
June 5, Roll, Stride and Ride Triathlon (6M in-line skate, 13.6M bike, 3.4M run), Columbia, 9 a.m., (410) 882-6103.
June 6, BRRC Championship 5K, Lake Montebello, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.
June 6, RASAC Bel Air Town Run 5K, Bel Air, 8 a.m., (410) 879-0056.
June 6, The 45th Anniversary of the State of Israel 5K Run, Owings Mills, 8 a.m., (410) 882-5455.
June 6, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
June 12, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.
June 12, Crofton Kiwanis 10K, Crofton CC, 8 a.m., (410) 721-0595.
June 12, Annapolis Striders' Junior Striders' Track Series, Annapolis, 6 p.m., (410) 268-1165.
June 13, The Five-K Smiler, Rash Field, 8 a.m., (410) 882-5455.
June 13, RASAC M&M; Gunpowder Park 5-Miler, Fallston, 8 a.m., (410) 836-1784.
June 13, MCRRC Agender Jog PGRC Challenge 5-miler, Silver Spring, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.
June 13, Berrywine Plantation 5K, biathlon, Libertytown, (410) 882-6103.
June 13, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.