It's the last big weekend of the running year. What's more, it is not expected to be eight degrees out. So a few hundred people will put on gloves and long pants and hit the streets this weekend.
The schedule, with my last thank-you of the year to Jeff John and Buffalorunners.com:
* Caroler 5K, 27 Riley St. in East Aurora, 4 p.m. Saturday, 830-6713. This is a new race, and I've heard of quite a few people who plan to be there. It's part of the 38th annual Carolcade in East Aurora.
* Freezer 5K, 30 Mississippi St. in Buffalo, 11 a.m. Sunday, 574-0888. This is the second annual race; last year's debut caught a lot of people by surprise by how big the turnout was. The organizers will try to repeat the winning formula this time around.
Congratulations to Henry Sypniewski, for winning the USATF's Paul Spangler Award as the most outstanding masters runner in the oldest age category.
--- Budd Bailey