Brad Uhlfelder lent new meaning to the term racing double 10 days ago.
It's not unusual for runners to double up on races over jjTC weekend, doing, say, a 5K on Saturday and coming back and doing a 5-miler or 10K on Sunday.
But Uhlfelder, of Owings Mills, traveled to Newark, Del., in the morning, ran in the Du Pont-Teflon 5K, returned the same day and competed in the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn 5K at Hunt Valley that afternoon.
"Over the next few months, I'm going to make my assault on the roads and I thought I would make a statement," Uhlfelder says.
The kicker is he won both races.
"I was tempted by the two purses that day," Uhlfelder says. "They were giving away $50 for whoever was leading at 1, 2 and 3 miles. And they were offering $100 for a course record.
"Some of the high school kids lined up and went after that first mile. I kind of decided I wasn't going to let anybody have it. I did the first mile in 4:28."
He was also the leader at the second and third miles, and his 14-minute, 28-second finish was a course record.
He had more of a test in the afternoon with Doug Mock and Dave Berardi on hand.
"They had me a little worried because I had spent a lot of time in the car and I was a little stiff," Uhlfelder says. "I just basically hung on those guys and took over with a mile to go. I was really happy to be able to beat them after having run in the morning."
Call him the marathon man.
In an odyssey that has taken him from Los Angeles to Washington, from Klamath Falls, Ore., to Miami, Jerry Dunn is on a quest to set the world record for most marathons run in a year.
His was "93 in '93" and his original intention was to complete 93 marathons during 1993. If successful, he would surpass what generally had been regarded as the record for most marathons completed in a year, 87, by England's Steve Edwards in 1990.
His finish in Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon brought him to 87 after he had run the Marine Corps course Saturday for his 86th and a 26-mile, 385-yard distance along the C&O; Towpath Friday.
"My typical format is that I run the course the day before the race," says Dunn, 47, a massage therapist from Indianapolis. "New York is scheduled to be my 93rd, and in order for that to happen, I had to schedule another race in my schedule. It was the suggestion of the Marine Corps race director to go down to C&O; Towpath on Friday."
He also has increased his 1993 target to 103 when, after getting on the marathon trail, he heard that others had run more than Edwards' 87 in a calendar year.
"There are a couple of people who are claiming 94 and 101," says Dunn, who is endorsed by the nutritional supplement Green Magma. "That's why I picked 103. The highest number I've heard is 101. The reason Edwards has the most legitimate claim is that he made it in recognized marathons.
"And it's for that reason that I've tried primarily to stay on recognized courses."
His inspiration is his father, who died at 47. But there are other reasons.
"One, my father who died because he was not fit, smoked too much and was overweight," Dunn says. "In anticipation of turning 47, I tried to find something to exemplify staying fit. Two, I'm celebrating 10 years of sobriety. And three, I'm trying to break a record."
But what will he do when 1993 draws to a close?
"My pat answer is I'm going to Disney World because Disney is having its first marathon in January," he says. "But on a more serious note, this is my American tour. I hope to do one in Europe next year."
The top five runners in Saturday's Seaside 10-miler at Ocean City broke last year's winning time. Winner Peter Weilermann finished in 48:00 and most of that was recorded in a head wind. . . . Area finishers in Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon: Karl Petersen, 40, 3:26:45; Alan Field, NA, 3:39; Mike Baziz, 52, 3:49; Richard Kline, 44, 3:53:56; Jesse Henighan, 48, 4:11. . . . The weekend's top finishers: