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Running notebook: Rugged training schedule

I received a note from Christina Gesi of Georgia. Her husband, Paul, grew up in Tonawanda and is getting ready to run in the upcoming New York City marathon. The catch is where he did his training for the race: Afghanistan

Christina reports that Paul was in Camp Eggers, and ran 1,600 while he was deployed. There's nothing like 80-mile weeks in one of the world's most polluted cities to build up endurance. New York ought to be easy after all that, so best of luck to him.

Now the weekend schedule, courtesy of

* Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic, 5K, Goat Island in Niagara Falls, 10 a.m. Saturday, 282-1228. This remains a great course, even if standing water can be a problem on a given day. Prize money for the top five ought to attract some really good runners.

* Heritage 5K, Ellery Town Park in Greenhurst, 10 a.m. Saturday, 985-6712. By the way, Greenhurst is northwest of Jamestown on Chautauqua Lake.

* Cancer Warrior 5K, Saylor Community Building, 12861 Route 438 in Irving, 10:30 a.m. Saturday 532-8450 X5722.

* Making Tracks for Families 5K, 2909 South Park Ave. in Lackawanna, 10 a.m. Sunday, 858-2671. The race is held in Holy Cross Cemetery, you won't find a course with more turns in it over 3.1 miles than this one.

--- 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.