John Beishline can count the number of races that he's been forced to cancel in his duties as a starter over the years on one hand. The number increased by one last Sunday.
A race at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park had to be wiped out because of lightning. A storm passed through the area right at race time. There are guidelines for such matters. If a storm pops up before the start of the event, the race is supposed to be delayed for 20 minutes. If more lightning is seen during that time, the race is cancelled.
Some runners complained, but it's hard to argue with leaning toward caution. I've run in races a couple of times in which I didn't feel overly safe because of a storm in the area, and it's not a good feeling.
Now for the weekend schedule, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Nancy Price Memorial 5K, Veterans Park in Youngstown, 9 a.m. Saturday.
* Elba Presbyterian Church 5K, Veterans Memorial Park in Elba, 9 a.m. Saturday, 374-4741.
* Habitat Run 5K, 1675 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, 9 a.m. Saturday, 863-8203. My first road race came about 10 years ago, and it was a Habitat Run. It's nice to see it back on the schedule after a break a couple of years ago.
* Christine Padasak Memorial Autism Awareness 5K, 393 North St. in Springville, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 949-4072.
* Sunset Bay Experience 5K, 1028 South Shore Drive in Irving, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 907-0219.
* Don Carroll 5K, Jackson Square in Batavia, 5 p.m. Saturday (585) 343-7440.
* Mississippi Mudd's 5K River Run, 313 Niagara St. in Tonawanda, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 913-0621. This might be the biggest race of the year on a Saturday night, and it's a first-class operation.
* A Run for Row 5K, Como Park in Lancaster, 9 a.m. Sunday, 891-3896.
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-- Budd Bailey