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Running notebook: Finally [tied for] first

I knew that if I kept looking, I'd find a competition for runners that I could win.

Such "success" came last week when the Friends of the Night People staged its annual 5K run. The event accepted donations of old t-shirts, a fine idea. It had a special category for t-shirt for the longest distance from Buffalo.

I grabbed a shirt I picked up in a race in Seattle several years and donated it. I was announced as the winner, although a computer check revealed that a shirt from San Francisco traveled just a little bit farther. So ... we'll both be awarded the prize of an oil change and interior cleaning.

In the department of real running accomplishments, check out Sunday's running column for an account of what the Boston Marathon was like from the pack.

Now for the weekend schedule, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* SFC Race for a Cause, 2745 Seneca St. in West Seneca, 6:30 p.m. today, 824-4655.

* Buffalo Undy 5000 5K, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 9 a.m. Saturday, (202) 628-0123 x104. Can't wait to hear reports about the walk-through, inflatable colon.

* Kaleida Spring into Fitness 5K, 100 High St. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 859-7069. This is a new race, and I can't say I've done much running in that neighborhood before. Should be fun.

* BPAC 6-Hour Distance Classic Ultra, Northtown Center in Amherst, 8 a.m. Sunday. We salute anyone willing to take part in this one.

--- Budd Bailey

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