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Running notebook: Going the distance

It's marathon weekend. Many hundreds of runners will be going through the streets of Buffalo on Sunday morning. I'll talk to the only person who has done all 22 Buffalo Marathons in my preview article coming up before the race.

Meanwhile ... there's another interesting race that will be held on Monday afternoon that sort of slipped under the radar. It's in Gasport, up in Niagara County, and it features a unique idea.

Dire Straits once recorded a song called "Telegraph Road" that lasts 14 minutes and 18 seconds. In Monday's race, all runners will be asked to have some sort of music-playing device (iPod, mp3) with that song downloaded. Everyone hits play and then takes off down Telegraph Road in Gasport, with a turnaround at Route 31. When the music stopped, musical chairs style, the person who covered the longest distance wins.

What a great idea for a race. I'm not sure 3 p.m. is a great time for the race, since many might not be able to make it because of Memorial Day plans. Still, this has a chance to catch attention. Can't wait for the In-a-gadda-da-vida Run of 20-plus minutes.\

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

* Run for Justice 5K, 6320 Main St. in Williamsville, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 361-9050. This new race's director is Ann More, who you read about around the holidays. She's done many races over the years, so she knows what works and what doesn't.

* Buffalo Marathon and Half-Marathon, Hyatt Hotel in Buffalo, 7 a.m. Sunday, 694-5154. This race keeps getting better and better. We'll see how the slight course adjustment works out.

* Telegraph Road Race, 9058 Telegraph Road in Gasport, 3 p.m. Monday. No entry fee.

-- Budd Bailey

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