- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 2, 2006

The race director for the National Marathon sure seems patriotic. Keith Dowling, a former elite marathoner, was even born on the Fourth of July in 1969.

Dowling also is kicking off online registration for the March 24, 2007, National Marathon in Washington — on Independence Day, no less — with a “Dollar per State Rate” of just $50 for the 26.2-mile event and just $40 for the half marathon.

According to Dowling, the offer begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4 and expires July 7 at 11:59 p.m., returning to the standard rate of $75 for the marathon and $55 for the half through Sept. 12, 2006.

The National Marathon and Half Marathon debuted March 25 with nearly 2,200 registrants and 1,800 finishers.

“Year one was all about focusing on the major ‘big ticket’ items,” Dowling said. “Our goal was to create a strong first impression and provide the runners with a solid organizational foundation in which a rich tradition can grow.”

For more information and to register for the second National Marathon, check out www.NationalMarathon.com.

Army ends recruiting — The Army Ten-Miler set a registration record, closing registration for the 22nd annual race June 20. The Army race signed up 24,000 runners in a record 81 days, 20 days quicker than it took it to fill 20,000 spots last year.

It is just 97 days away and the hundreds of people who failed to register on time are nearly promising first- and second-borns to enter the sold-out race. There is an entry transfer process, through which those who entered the race but can’t run may pass their entry to someone who missed the deadline.

Nearly the minute after registration closed, transfer messages began appearing on ArmyTenMiler.com.

“I already booked my nonrefundable flight not knowing that the race was full,” Steve in Kansas said in a post to the transfer section of the Web site on June 29.

But Karen Munter went even farther in a post titled “Desperate Housewives” on June 25: “Running ten miles would be HEAVEN compared to spending one more day in the house with our 4 and 3 children [all younger than 9]. Let alone the training we’d have to endure!! [smiley face] We are simply girlfriends who shared a common goal … need to join a third girlfriend who registered in a timely fashion. We [stink]. Please transfer to us. We NEED this.”

Short and sweet — Looking for a good mile race on the track? The Annapolis Striders has a four-lapper in two weeks.

The John Wall Memorial One Mile Track Race will be July 15, with the first heat at 8 a.m, at Broadneck High School, off of College Parkway (Cape St. Claire) in Annapolis.

This race memorializes a former Annapolis Strider, the late John Wall — an American relay team member in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

For more information, call Will Myers at 410/987-4883.

Be safe out there — Road Runners Club of America has compiled a list of tips for running in the heat because every year athletes die because of heat-related complications. For a list of all their advice, check out the RRCA Web site at rrca.org.

Most importantly, stay hydrated and replenish your electrolytes. Planning a route to include water foundations is important, as is finding courses in shaded parks and wooded areas where temperatures are cooler than under direct sunlight.

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