One of the winners at a cash prize at a recent Western New York race has confessed that he had been taking illegal substances for two years. That's going to have some ripple effects down the road. Details are in Sunday's column.
Elsewhere, I've gotten review copies of a few books lately. The first one I've read is "The Longest Race." It's a rather thoughtful account of an 11-year-old ultramarathon, but my guess is that it will have trouble finding an audience. Find my full review here.
Do you think some race directors looked outside Thursday and Friday and asked why the weather couldn't be like that over the weekend. We return to fall soon. Here's the calendar from buffalorunners.com:
* Strider Glider Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), Westwood Park in Lancaster, 9 a.m. Saturday, 713-6102. It sounds like the Lancaster Striders have something of a unique course and event, which is always welcome. We'll see how Year One goes.
* Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic, 5K, Goat Island in Niagara Falls, 10 a.m. Saturday, 282-1228. There's prize money to be won here, so usually some good runners show up. The race also puts the names of last year's competitors on the back of its shirt, which is good for bragging to non-running friends.
* Bob Ivory Run, 5K, 845 Kenmmore Ave. in Tonawanda, 9 a.m. Sunday, 270-4113. I'll have to ask why this race was moved from the first Sunday in November. I can use that hour of sleep. It's a Buffalo News Runner of the Year race, and thus the next-to-last chance to move up in the standings. It's also a chance to get some more items with Bob Ivory's name on them. I always kid Bob that he's rivaling Tommy Hilfiger for branded merchandise.
* Paint the Village Pink 5K, 4925 Main St. in Williamsville, 1 p.m. Sunday, 516-641-3587. This is an interesting idea - a Sunday afternoon race. What's more, it's the Bills' bye week, so you won't miss any football.
--- Budd Bailey