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Running notebook: Worst ever?

It didn't take long for the reviews to come in for the Shamrock Run.

Some said it might have been the worst day for running (if you don't count electrical storms) in memory, while others said it was merely one of the worst days for running in memory.

It was obviously a very wet day, and the wind didn't help either. The course was not on the side of the runners either. Conditions actually weren't too bad when the field turned off of Seneca to run toward the lake on Michigan. Runners were then hit in the face by a wind that seemed to start in, oh, Michigan. And when the next turn sent everyone down Ganson St., the rain was on the driving side.

About the only consolation was that the temperature wasn't 10 degrees colder. If it had been 35 degrees with heavy rain and wind, it would have been really miserable.

A "well done" is in order to everyone who finished, with extra credit to the winners. has the first look at the standings of The News' Runner of the Year competition.

It is a lean week for running. A planned race in Irving has been cancelled. That leaves us with a Saturday morning in Jamestown. You can find the details here.

---Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.