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Running notebook: What time is it?

One of the big subjects of conversation at the Wendelville race on Wednesday night was, oddly enough, Paul Ryan. That's right -- the Republican candidate for Vice President.

As you may have heard, Ryan first said his time for his only marathon was two hours and 50-something minutes. That's very impressive. Then Runners World did a little checking and discovered that his time was actually 4:01:25.

Ryan backed off his statement on Tuesday with this quote: "I hurt my back when I was in my mid-20s, so I had to stop running. And so obviously, my perception of races and times was off,” he said. “I thought that was an ordinary time until my brother showed me a 3-hour marathon is, you know, very -- crazy fast. I ran a 4-hour marathon."

The talk at the race Wednesday centered around one key point: Runners remember their times. They can even be boring about personal bests and first marathons, etc., but they know them cold.

My guess is that the slip-up isn't likely to be a factor in the election. I'm not sure how runners vote. Still, it's not good to be associated with jokes along the lines of "Paul Ryan told me tonight that he ran the 5K in 12:35."

Changing the subject drastically, get well wishes go out to Dick Sullivan, a fixture on the local running scene forever. Dick had some health problems recently and had to spend some time in the hospital, but he is said to be recovering nicely. Brother Ted says Dick has his eye on running the Turkey Trot.

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

* Finn McCool 4 Mile Odyssey, Cazenovia Park in Buffalo, 8 a.m. Saturday, 830-6703. Dan Horan is promising new obstacles for this year's event. Personally, an 8 a.m. start is a big obstacle for me (which is what happens when you work at night).

* Peach Festival 5K, 493 Center St. in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Saturday, 297-5831.

* Run for Life 5K, 4928 Seneca St. in West Seneca, 9 a.m. Saturday, 864-4571.

* Run with the Angels 5K, 24 Shoshone Dr. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 834-7120 x306. The students at Holy Angels come out and support this race, giving the field a youthful look.

* Derby Fair 5K, 7431 Erie Rd. in Derby, 10 a.m. Saturday, 947-0945.

-- Budd Bailey

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