It's not that Robin Williams ever has needed a reason to run.
He has run since he was a student at Pine Grove Middle School in Carney -- "I won a turkey in the ninth grade and that's when I knew I had some ability," he says. He ran to get in shape for basketball at Salisbury State. And Williams, 32, has raced competitively on the area road-racing circuit since he finished college.
Come November, he will be running on a Caribbean cruise that also happens to be his honeymoon.
"I'll be running on the boat," says Williams, who lives in Baynesville. "If you're a real runner, you'll always find places to run."
Appropriately, he met his fiancee at a race, last year's Father's Day 5K in Towson.
"I just went there to run a race and who would have known I was going to meet my potential bride-to-be?" he says. "We had breakfast after the race. It was just mutual interest. We went to an Orioles game about a month later and we've been going out ever since."
Williams and Megan Cauley will be married on Nov. 19.
"She's not real fast, but she has turned out to be a real find," he says.
With comments like that, he better keep in running shape.
To that end, Williams has been running in the Clydesdale division, a category for 200-pound-plus runners, since college.
"Running has always been easy for me for some reason, even for a big person -- I'm 210 pounds," he says.
He has won the Clydesdale division of the Constellation Classic 10K (twice), Clyde's American 10K, the Zoo Zoom 5-Miler, the Columbus Chase and the Howard County Striders' Metric Marathon.
"I pretty much stick to the 10Ks," he says. "I will run up to a 15- or 20-miler, but the marathons really tear me up."
His problem of late has been keeping up his weight.
"I have a hard time maintaining above 200 pounds," says Williams, who ran the now-defunct Maryland Marathon in 1979. "The more mileage you do, the harder it is to keep the weight up. I just want to keep running.
"Two-hundred pounds is normally the cutoff. There's about a dozen or so of us. We know who each other is. It's competitive and it's a fun thing to shoot for. Every Constellation 10K, they tell me, 'I'm going to get you today.' But I end up beating them."
It's heating up
In addition to the Myers Pavilion 8K in Brooklyn on March 6 at 9 a.m., race director Les Kinion has announced the following races: March 20, St. Patrick's Day Parade Run 5K, 1:40 p.m., Centre and Charles streets; April 17, Oriole Advocates 8K Home Run, Camden Yards, 9 a.m.; May 15, Preakness Parade Run 5K, Charles Street, afternoon; May 22, Constellation Classic 10K, Inner Harbor, 8 a.m.; June 12, 5-Smiler, Inner Harbor, 8 a.m.
"Because Easter falls on April 3 this year, the Oriole Advocates race will be held two weeks later than usual," Kinion said.
For information on any of the races, call Kinion at (410) 882-5455.
The weekend's top finishers:
Annapolis Striders' Washington's Birthday 5K
At Bay Hills
Males: 1. Robert Marino, 15:56; 2. Mark Jones, 16:02; 3. Dave Webster, 16:08; 4. Richard Elmore, 16:40; 5. Eric Schrader, 17:03; 6. John Benkart, 17:08; 7. Matt Mace, 17:15; 8. Scott Eden, 17:23; 9. Jim Griffith, 17:27; 10. Mike Hoffman, 17:35.
Females: 1. Jennifer Sullivan, 20:03; 2. Cynthia Kelly, 20:19; 3. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 21:09; 4. Carla Bastore, 21:12; 5. Shauna Donahue, 21:29; 6. Kathryn Wittmer, 21:30; 7. Cindi Contarino, 21:46; 8. Jean Albaugh, 22:00; 9. Meredith Bonta, 22:20; 10. Beverly Woodward, 22:37.
BRRC Valentine 8M At Loch Raven Males: 1. Brad Uhlfelder, 42:41; 2. Geoff Buchan, 42:56; 3. Scott Paris, 45:37; 4. Jim Robinson, 46:00; 5. Paul Howarth, 46:45. Masters: 1. Dave Lowe, 51:33.
Females: 1. Carole Rosasco, 57:06; 2. Christy St. Clair, 61:01; 3. Karen Stolks, 62:25. Masters: 1. St. Clair.
RASAC Tune Up for Md-DC Championship 15K At Aberdeen Males: 1. Larry Emanuel, 1:05:30; 2. Dan Anderson, 1:06; 3. Mike Heiberger, 1:06:44.
Females: 1. Cathleen Cosenza, 1:19:03.
Saturday, Polar Bear 5K, Aberdeen Proving Ground-Aberdeen area, 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.
Saturday, BRRC Cross County 5-Miler, McDonogh School, 10 a.m., (410) 243-3153.
Sunday, RRCA Club Challenge 10-Miler, Howard Community College, 8 a.m., (410) 461-1406.
Sunday, Department of Parks and Recreation Track Development Program, 5th Regiment Armory, 10 a.m., (410) 396-7079.
March 5, RASAC Last Train to Boston Marathon, Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood area, 11 a.m., (410) 638-1091.
March 6, B&A; Trail Marathon, Severna Park High School, 7:30 a.m., (410) 268-1165.
March 6, BRRC Layne Half-Marathon, Lake Montebello, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.
March 6, Maryvale Rite of Spring 5K, Maryvale, 9 a.m., (410) 377-8882.
March 6, Myers Pavilion 8K, Brooklyn, 9 a.m., (410) 882-5455.
March 6, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
March 12, WMC 5K Track Run, Western Maryland College, 9 a.m., (410) 848-8991.
March 12, BRRC Cross Country 6-Miler, Herring Run, 10 a.m., (410) 243-3153.
March 13, RASAC Kielbasa 6.1-Miler, Bel Air, 9 a.m., (410) 838-9423.
March 13, MCRRC Piece of Cake Triple 5K, 10K, 15K, Gaithersburg, 9:30 a.m., (301) 353-0200.
March 13, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.