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Running notebook: Dead solid perfect

There were few complaints about the weather on Saturday when it came to running. Temperatures were just about perfect for racing, and the times reflected that. Just as a personal example, in the race at Lebro's in GetzvilleI ran my fastest time in almost two years ... and finished next to last in my age group. However, I did get the same attractive vest as the winner.

There is plenty of racing coming up this weekend as well, and it looks like temperatures will cooperate. The list is courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* Nike Hospice Dash, Half Marathon, Artpark in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Saturday, 998-5777. Sounds like year one is going to be a success for this race. There is also a 5K race at Porter-on-the-Lake Park in Youngstown that starts at 10.

*  Flight 3407 Memorial Race, 5K, Town Place Park in Clarence, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 636-0209.

* Genesee ARC Friends and Family 5K, 4603 Barrville Road in Elba, 10 a.m. Saturday, (585) 343-1123.

* Tails on Trails Canine 5K, Birdsong Park in Orchard Park 10 a.m. Saturday, 662-6450 x2. Oh, and dogs run for free.

* Jill Mattice Memorial 5K, Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, 11 a.m. Saturday, 207-7608.

* Bemus Point 15K, Long Point State Park, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-0788.

* Linda Yalem Safety Run, 5K, Alumni Arena at UB's Amherst Campus, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 645-2055. This is a News' Runner of the Year race, and always has a large field.

--- Budd Bailey

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