The organizers of the Turkey Trot deserve a little postrace recognition. I can't say I heard any complaints, and I didn't see any problems. The runners seemed to enjoy the good weather, there was room to breathe in the Convention Center after the race, and buses came along in short order to transport some of the athletes back to North Buffalo.
When I checked out the list of finishers, I was happy to see the name of Jack Hesslink at the bottom of the list. Mr. Hesslink was one of my gym teachers while I was in high school back in Clarence in the Stone Age, and it's good to see him out for a walk while in his 80's for the Trot. He's still setting a good example for the rest of us.
The calendar is about to flip, but the race calendar still has some events. The list is from buffalorunners.com:
* Reindeer Run, Medaille College in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 880-2130. We wondered what this race would do with Forest Lawn closing its facilities to races. Race officials took the logicial route - cross the street to Delaware Park. Just be careful, kids, when crossing the 198.
* Holly Jolly, 4190 N. Buffalo St. in Orchard Park, 12 noon on Saturday, 830-6713.
--- Budd Bailey