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Running notebook: New champ

Care to guess what the most popular 5K race in Western New York this year was?

We have a new champion. The Lindsay's Legacy Run took over that title on Saturday, with more than 1,200 runners. What was striking about the race was the number of participants from the "Girls on the Run" program, which tries to mentor girls into the spot. It obviously has taken off. I did a story on the group when it was first starting up, but that may deserve a follow-up sometime soon.

The Turkey Trot filled up its registration quota a couple of days early, despite increasing the number by a few hundred. Looks like I'd better go get in line now in order to start running when the gun goes off. (Kidding. Just kidding.)

Here's the weekend's schedule, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* Martime March 5K, 3 Porter Ave. in Buffalo, Saturday at 11 a.m., 574-4101. I've never done this race before, but running along the waterfront at this time of year is always an adventure.

Didn't take long to type those races up.

-- Budd Bailey

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