Farley Simon, 34, a Marine stationed at Marine Headquarters in Washington, was hoping to run in the Columbus (Ohio) marathon next week, since it is the first qualifying race for the U.S. Olympic Trials next March at the same site, but this race is closer. Last year Simon swore he would not return after questions were raised about the Marine running the course with him and handing him water, and when he cut part of the course near the 23rd mile. Simon was second to Jim Hage last year, fading during the final two miles and finishing in 2:22:37. He won in 1983 in 2:17:46.

Ann Wehner, 29, a chemical engineer with the Du Pont Co. in Delaware, is running her first marathon since having a baby girl in May. In the 1988 Marine Corps Marathon Wehner was running with her husband, John, trying to help him qualify for Boston when, within a mile of the finish, she found herself very close to catching women's leader Lori Lawson. Wehner came within a few hundredths of a second, chasing Lawson across the 14th Street bridge and along Route 110 for the final sprint. This year she will be trying to regain her old form and to re-qualify for Boston (with 3:40 or better). She's not overconfident, but said she should make it easily.

Michael King, 32, helps run the family business in the pro shop of the Mocassin Run Golf Course near Philadelphia. He was paralyzed in a motorcyle accident when he was 20 years old. In the summer of 1985, while wheeling across the country to raise $100,000 for local rehabilitation centers, he heard about sports available for wheelchair athletes. "It's just a crazy idea I came up with and I'm strongheaded enough that when people said I couldn't make it, I wanted to try," he said. King is projecting a time of 1:55, which would give defending champion Kenny Carnes of Morningside (1:54 last year) tough competition. King posted a 1:51 at Boston.

Kenny Carnes won't be easily beaten in the wheelchair division. He projected 1:55 last year, and this year says he can go 10 minutes faster based on marathon times of 1:32 and 1:29 he clocked during the 52.4-mile Race of Champions here last month.

THE COURSE

26 miles 385 yards, TAC certified. Start -- Route 110 (Jefferson Davis Highway) near the Iwo Jima memorial. Head south, turn right on 15th Street, then right onto paved cutoff to Joyce Street. Pass under I-395, turn right onto Columbia Pike, then south past the Pentagon. Runners follow Route 110 north past War Memorial, then turn right to cross Key Bridge into Georgetown. They proceed on M Street to 30th Street to K Street and past the Kennedy Center before turning left at the Lincoln Memorial Circle onto Constitution Avenue. Near the Washington Monument, the runners turn onto 12th Street and then to Madison Avenue along the Mall. After going around the Capitol, runners follow Maryland Avenue to Independence Avenue back toward the Lincoln Memorial. Runners then follow Ohio Drive to West Basin Drive and lap the Tidal Basin in a clockwise direction and bear right toward the Jefferson Memorial. They then follow Ohio Drive toward Hains Point and then come back north along the Washington Channel and make a sharp right onto I-395 South, over the 14th Street Bridge. Runners bear right at the Pentagon along Boundary Channel Drive back to the finish.

SPECTATOR INFORMATION

BEST VIEWING SITES: Roosevelt Bridge (for the start, seven-mile point and finish), Lincoln Memorial (for the 10- and 16-mile points) and the 14th Street bridge near the Jefferson Memorial (for miles 17, 19 and 23).

PARKING INFORMATION: Parking for the duration of the race will be available in the Pentagon north and south lots. There will be no parking around the Iwo Jima memorial. Shuttles will carry runners and spectators from the Pentagon to the memorial and back. To catch the shuttles in the south lot, go to regular DOD shuttle bus stops; in the north lot, go to the west end of northernmost parking lane. Operation schedule: North/south lots to/from memorial, 7-8:45 a.m.; memorial to/from south lot, 1-3 p.m.; memorial to/from north lot, 1:50-3 p.m. Shuttle operation ceases 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. to allow runners to pass.

METRO SCHEDULE: Metro will operate on normal schedules, opening at 10 a.m. The closest stations to the starting line are Rosslyn (Orange/Blue lines) and Arlington Cemetery (Blue line).

MEN ......................... Hometown ............... Time

1976 Kenny Moore ............ Eugene, Ore. ........ 2:21:14

1977 Kevin McDonald ......... Greenville, S.C. .... 2:19:36

1978 Scott Eden ............. Richmond ............ 2:18:08

1979 Phil Camp .............. Pensacola, Fla. ..... 2:19:35

1980 Michael E. Hurd ........ Britain ............. 2:18:31

1981 Dean Matthews .......... Atlanta ............. 2:16:31

1982 Jeff Smith ............. Cumberland, Md. ..... 2:21:29

1983 Farley Simon ........... Alea, Hawaii ........ 2:17:46

1984 Brad Ingram ............ Mansfield, Ohio ..... 2:19:40

1985 Thomas Bernard ......... Hayes, Va. .......... 2:19:16

1986 Brad Ingram ............ Mansfield, Ohio ..... 2:23:13

1987 Jeff Scuffins .......... Hagerstown, Md. ..... 2:14:01

1988 Jim Hage ............... Lanham .............. 2:21:59

1989 Jim Hage ............... Lanham .............. 2:20:23

WOMEN ...................... Hometown ............... Time

1976 Susan Mallery .......... Columbus, Ohio ...... 2:56:33

1977 Susan Mallery .......... Columbus, Ohio ...... 2:54:04

1978 Jane Killion ........... New York ............ 3:03:34

1979 Joanna Martin .......... Quantico, Va. ....... 2:58:14

1980 Jan Yerkes ............. Buckingham, Pa. ..... 2:41:48

1981 Cynthia Lorenzoni ...... Charlottesville ..... 2:50:33

1982 Cynthia Lorenzoni ...... Charlottesville ..... 2:44:57

1983 Suzanne Carden ......... Stroudsburg, Pa. .... 2:45:55

1984 Pamela Briscoe ......... Chevy Chase ......... 2:43:20

1985 Natalie Updegrove ...... Richmond ............ 2:44:42

1986 Kathy Champagne ........ Plattsburgh, N.Y. ... 2:42:59

1987 Mary Robertson ......... Richmond ............ 2:44:36

1988 Lori Lawson ............ Philadelphia ........ 2:51:26

1989 Laura Dewald ........... Grand Rapids, Mich... 2:45:16