Exercise caution as days get dark earlier


Police jurisdictions in the metropolitan Washington area are cooperating with the Road Runners Club of America on problems encountered by female runners and walkers.

As the days grow shorter and it gets dark earlier, the RRCA draws attention to the following safety tips -- no matter where you are running:

* Don't wear headphones.

* Vary your route.

* Run with a dog or partner.

* Avoid isolated areas.

* Notice details of strangers and trust your instincts.

* Call police if someone bothers you or you notice a person out of the ordinary.

A place for kids

The Kids Cross Country Classic, sponsored by Baltimore Road Runners Club, will be held Nov. 7 at Goucher College.

The format will feature 1 1/2 -mile runs for different age groups.

Like the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Bill Brown Youth Cross Country Series, it is an ideal way to introduce youngsters to the sport.

Applications are available at the Athletic Attic and the Hess Running Center.

For information, call Jim Harrison at (410) 882-4353.

Talent night

How's this for a workout?

Dave Berardi, Chris Chattin, Jerry Clapper, Jeff Cannada, Jim Hage and Doug Mock have been working out together on Wednesday nights.

"Jim and I run the marathon, but there are a lot of distances out there," Berardi says. "The problem now is to try to find tracks that have lights on them."


Saturday's Marriott's Hunt Valley 5K is providing round-trip tickets to anywhere Continental Airlines flies domestically to the top three male and female finishers, all age-group winners and at least five random-drawing winners. . . . Three-time world cross country champion Lynn Jennings will join the Montgomery Country Road Runners Club for a cross country race Nov. 13 at 8 a.m. at Rockville Civic Center Park. For information, call the club's hot line at (301) 353-0200. . . . Top finishers in the Glen Burnie B&A; Trail 10K on Oct. 3 -- Males: 1. Mark Jones, 32, 32:41; 2. Maurice Pointer, 38, 33:38; 3. Matthew Mace, 33, 34:39. Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 27, 37:59; 2. Vanessa Cox, 32, 42:03; 3. Debra Nielsen, 35, 42:22.

Lyn Brooks, 45, of Baltimore and Steven Pittler, 31, of Lutherville will be competing in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii on Oct. 30. . . . Boston and New York City Marathon champion Bill Rodgers and Olympic medalist Frank Shorter will be on hand for Ocean City's Seaside 10-Miler and 5K fun run Oct. 23. Prize money of $5,000 will be awarded. For information, call Les Kinion at (410) 882-5455. . . . The week's top finishers:

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