Ever see the movie, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"? It was on Turner Classic Movies this past week, and is rated as a four-star classic. I wouldn't call it a running movie, since it's just a subplot to the bigger theme of alienated young adults in Great Britain about 50 years ago. The lead character discovers he has running ability while in jail. It's worth a rental.
Enough film criticism. One other note off the subject of the calendar -- I noticed the hard way that my subscription to Runner's World had run out. I've mentioned before in this space how good the journalism is in that publication. However, it must be the only magazine in America that doesn't send out 12 renewal notices in the six months leading up to the expiration date. Very odd
You might have to get out a long-sleeved shirt to run this weekend, thanks to that cold front that went through Thursday morning. Here's the busy calendar, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Run for Life 5K, 4928 Seneca St. in West Seneca, 9 a.m. Saturday, 864-4571.
* Lebro's Fall Classic 5K, 330 Campbell Blvd. in Getzville, 10 a.m. Saturday, 689-4507. This is always a nice race with plenty of activities for the kids. Besides, it's one of the few races left to hand out fleece shirts.
* Connor's Hot Dog Stand 5K, 8934 Old Lakeshore Road in Angola-on-the-Lake, 10 a.m. Saturday, 926-2218.
* Lighthouse Baptist 5K, 383 Wheatfield St. in North Tonawanda, 2 p.m. Saturday, 998-8057. I know there are runners who want to do as many races as possible; the 2 o'clock start is made for them.
* 8 in the Rough Trail Run, 8 miles, Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, 10 a.m. Sunday.
* Shea's Run for the Arts 5K, 646 Main St. in Buffalo, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 553-0179. This race has the habit of giving a big discount to those who register well in advance. It's has really paid off well in terms of attendance; I'm surprised more races don't copy that example.
Coming up in Sunday's running column, I'll have a look at a new race that fills a nice on the calendar nicely.
--- Budd Bailey