Local runner Peter O'Neill will be competing in his 10th Baltimore marathon this weekend
Peter O'Neill is the vice president of sales operations at Charles Schwab. Most days he goes to work wearing his nice, pressed suit, but today he's more excited about a highlighter-yellow cap he has the honor of wearing. O'Neill is one of three Lutherville-Timonium residents who will be honored this weekend at the Maryland Running Festival. He picked up the cap earlier in the afternoon from the festival, along with a custom Under Armour running jacket with an inscribed "10" on the sleeve. "I've been running all my life. I played sports growing up and I always admired long-distance runners. Never thought I could do a marathon but when I was living in San Francisco I decided I was finally going to do one," he said. That was 20 years ago. …
Part 1 of Patch series features one of three men who will be honored by the Baltimore Running Festival this weekend for having run every year of the decade-old event.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Michael Smith, 58, says his wife is all the motivation he needs to reach the finish line. The Timonium resident has been running since 1978. This weekend, he will celebrate his 10th Baltimore marathon—a feat that Baltimore Running Festival organizers will honor this weekend. Patch caught up with Smith who has been training for Saturday's 26.2-mile endurance test. His wife Lynn, who he has playfully dubbed his manager, has been there for him step for step and stride for stride. "I couldn't do it without her," he said, smiling at her from across the room. Michael said that he usually plans for a long run on Saturday mornings. The lengths of his runs have gotten longer in the weeks leading up to the marathon. He'll leave the house early in …