Coming up in Sunday's running column is the story behind the cancellation of the annual Mississippi Mudds race, held since 2000. There's a lot more to it than anyone could have guessed.
The season for four-mile runs is upon us. There aren't many of them over the course of the year, but we've got three within a couple of weeks. Two of them are back-to-back starting tonight. Here's the weekend wrap-up of races, courtesy of Buffalorunners.com:
* Tim Frank Memorial Canal Fest Run, 4 miles, 17 Broad St. in North Tonawanda, 7 p.m. tonight, 688-7839. You might recall that this race was run last year on the hottest night of the decade. Tongiht should be better. This is always a well-done race, even if it takes me a while to figure out on which side of the canal the race is staged.
* SVS 5K Summer Sizzler Walk/Run, 6441 Seneca St. in Elma, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 949-4256.
* Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase, Bidwell and Elmwood in Buffalo, 7 p.m. on Friday, 881-1652. This race puts some effort into its t-shirt design, and this year's is a classic. Oh, and it's also a chance for runners at my level to lose to a much better class of athlete, since the prize money usually attracts some top international runners.
* Laurel Run 8K & 5K, Silver Creek Village Square, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 661-4735.
* Crabapple 5K, Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 897-7207. And don't feed the deer in the park.
* Character Chase 5K, 150 Pleasant Ave. in Hamburg, 11 a.m. Saturday. Make sure you know in advance where the post-race party is located. I didn't last year. This is a nice little race back for its second year, even if July 1 deadline for a t-shirt seems a little early.
* Lindsay Matthews Scholarship Race, 5K, 6909 Milestrip Road in Orchard Park, 10 a.m. Sunday, 667-3786. I ran this race last year, and wasn't expecting such a big hill along the way.
* St. Mary's Church Chowder Chase 5K, 6919 Transit Road in East Amherst, 11:15 a.m. Sunday, 636-4617. I think this race is technically in Swormville, which is some cases has been spelled Swormsville. Wherever it is, let's hope things go well in the church's first try at the racing business.
-- Budd Bailey
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