You would have had to be running in a time capsule not to have heard of Bob Ray's streak.
Ray, of course, has -- at 28 1/2 years -- what is believed to be the world's second-longest record of having run every day.
The Howard County Striders' Allan Field, the president of the Baltimore Road Runners Club from 1984 to 1986, has a nice streak of his own. Field has run at least one mile every day for 15-plus years.
"I think what got me into it was I was so inconsistent as a runner before I started on this streak," Field said.
In the latest Howard County Striders' newsletter, club president Nadia Wasserman writes: ". . . The most durable Strider I know of is Allan Field. . . . When Allan's streak started, Cal Ripken was still in the minor leagues."
Run and feel good about it.
That's the opportunity the Annapolis Striders are providing for their annual Cold Turkey 20K Run on Nov. 26 at South River High School in Edgewater.
Entry fee is a bag of non-perishable canned food, which will be donated to the Annapolis Salvation Army. Entry fees ($3 for Striders; $4 for others, $1 more on race day) of those who are unable to bring food also will be donated.
"It's Thanksgiving weekend," race director John Magnan said last week. "It's an opportunity to give food for the needy through the Salvation Army. We'll give it to the Salvation Army."
For information, call (410) 268-1165.
Organizers of the U.S. Olympic Trials Men's Marathon are expecting between 110 and 120 runners once qualifying for the Feb. 17 race concludes in December.
The trials will have a top prize of $100,000, the largest first-place purse of any marathon, excluding time and record incentives.
A family fun run, a wheelchair 10K, the NationsBank 10K, a wheelchair marathon and the 19th annual Charlotte Observer Marathon will be run on the same day.
Runners in the marathon will be running the same course as the Olympic hopefuls.
For information, call (704) 358-5425.
Howard County Striders who finished the Chicago Marathon: Jim Disciullo, 2:51; Ray Frankewich, 2:59; Kelly Barton, 3:04; Vicki Lang, 3:12; Phil Lang, 3:12. . . . The week's top finishers: