I have visions of runners looking at the weather forecast for the next several days, seeing temperatures above freezing, and rejoycing. Some of the roads and sidewalks around the area have been pretty bumpy for a while, and it would be nice to see some pavement again.
The thaw won't be of much help Saturday morning, arriving a bit too late. On the other hand, the conditions should be perfect for the run up the HSBC Center steps.
Here's a list of the more convention races, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Beast of Burden 100 Mile Ultra and 24-Hour Marathon, Goehle Marina on Market St. in Lockport, 7 a.m. Saturday, 609-9000. Good luck to all of those runners; their endurance is very impressive.
* Lockport Y-10, 19 East Ave. in Lockport, 10 a.m. Saturday, 434-8887. A lot of runners love this race and the challenge it offers. I don't like scheduling Runner of the Year races in potentially bad weather, which this one sometimes faces, but it's a good race for those who like a challenge.
* Dash for the Dome 5K, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 827-1584 x204. The best part of this race might be the party, held inside the Botanical Gardens. It's 72 degrees inside there.
--- Budd Bailey