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Running notebook: New on the calendar

    Get ready for another half-marathon in the Buffalo area. The Rapid Running Buffalo Half Marathon will be held on June 30, 2012.

   The plan is to start the race at 7 a.m., and finish at the 50-yard line of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bands are planned for every other mile of the course as well as in the finish area.

   For those who think 13.1 miles is a little too long, a 5-kilometer race is slated to start at 7:15 a.m.; it will be interested to see how many runners will get up that early for a 5K event.

   The full pricing of the race has not been set, but starting rates are $75 for the half-marathon and $25 for the 5K. A Health and Fitness Expo will be held on June 28 & 29 at the Bills' Healthy Zone Field House.

   One other note: I received my first "robo-call" for a race the other day. It was a recording over the phone urging me to sign up for the Snowball Run on December 10. It's an interesting concept, although I've been trained by elections to believe that the only voices on such calls belong to Chuck Schumer or Rudy Giuliani.

   For those who suffered through a weekend without a race in the area last week, there are a few options coming up. The list is courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

   * Reindeer Run 5K, Medaille College in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 880-2130. Looks like we won't have the traditional ice in Forest Lawn on Saturday morning, thanks to some temperatures above freezing. And the windshirts are a great premium.

   * Holly Jolly 5K, 4050 N. Buffalo St. in Orchard Park, 12 noon Saturday, 830-6713.

   * BuffaloRunners 10K, Chestnut Ridge Park Casino in Orchard Park, 9 a.m. Sunday, 649-1530. This is designed to show support for the website, buffalorunners.com. There are no awards, but runners will be timed. Competitors are invited to bring food and drink.

 --- 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.

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