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Running notebook: Looking behind and ahead

The reports were good on last weekend's new half-marathon in Lewiston. A couple of people thought staging a 5-kilometer race at the same time got a bit confusing at the end, but that's probably easy to fix. Nice to have it on the calendar.

Be sure to read in Sunday's News the story about how a local runner has learned to appreciate that morning job more than ever in the past year.

Here's the calendar, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* Autumn Challenge 5K (trail), Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. It's part of the Erie County Autumn Festival.

* The Meghan Memorial 5K (cross country), 4432 Bayview Road in Hamburg, 9:45 a.m. Saturday, 926-8805.

* 10th Annual Maggie Lee Memorial Run, 5K, Delaware Park in Bufalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 883-5396. This is a nice little race, and not only because I won an age-group award last year.

* Timon Fall Challenge 5K Run, 601 McKinley Parkway in Buffalo, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 826-3610. I know people who show up just for the cheesecake.

Some Western New York runners are headed to Syracuse for the Syracuse Festival of Races. There is some money for the taking in this event, some done on a random basis. We'll see if the idea of cash as a door prize catches on.

--- Budd Bailey

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