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Running notebook: Hitting the peak

It's the biggest weekend of the year for runners locally. The Buffalo Marathon will take place on the streets of the city on Sunday morning. About 6,000 people will take part in the proceedings, including the half-marathon and the relay.

But this year, it's a little bigger. The Western New York Running Hall of Fame is ready to announce its first class of inductees. Ten people were picked for 2011, and the story will be in Sunday's News.

Here's the weekend running schedule, provided by

* Buffalo marathon & half-marathon, Hyatt Hotel in Buffalo, 7 a.m. Sunday, 694-5154.

* Down on the Farm, 5K, 1379 Elton Road in Farmersville Station, 12 noon on Sunday, 664-5115. If you are on Route 16 near Machias, head east to get to Farmersville Station.

A couple of other notes to mention:

Don't forget the marathon expo at the Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can get discounted entry forms for the Niagara Falls International Marathon and the Subaru Four-Mile Chase at that function.

National Running Day is June 1. Several running clubs around the country are getting together to celebrate this third annual event. It's one of the pet projects of WNY native Mary Wittenberg of N.Y. Road Runners. Go to for more information.

--- 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.