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Running notebook: Waves of enthusiasm

Did you ever think there would be a 5-kilometer race in which the field was so big that it had to go off in waves? Saturday's Lindsay's Legacy Run was that day.

About 2,000 runners registered for the race, a simply amazing total. Part of the success story there is the growth of "Girls on the Run," which has taken off in a relatively short time. That portion of the field again took over a Tonawanda street before and after the race. I wondered if the race had outgrown its postrace home of the American Legion Hall, but using the street helps thin out the inside gathering. Besides, at this rate organizers will need the First Niagara Center for its party in a year or two.

Elsewhere, just for fun I did a search to see if anything was up with Rapid Running, the group that cancelled the half-marathon in Orchard Park in June on short notice. I found a story that it was looking for an alternate location for its cancelled Sheboygan, Wisc., half-marathon in October. I also found a number of people posting complaints about a lack of refunds. Wisconsin government officials were investigating. All of this may, ahem, sound familiar.

The calendar is getting lighter, here's what Buffalorunners.com has coming up:

* Michelle's Memorial 5K, 28 Main St. in Middleport, 9 a.m. Saturday, 783-2432. Good to see the Mr. Ed's Race get some company on Middleport's race calendar.

* Maritime March 5K, 170 Ohio St. in Buffalo, 11 a.m. Saturday, 574-4101. This race has a new location, as organizers wisely figured that having the run in one spot (around LaSalle Park) and having part of the postrace festivities in another spot was not ideal. Running around the Waterfront should work better in that sense. Funny how many races are right by the water after Nov. 1.

--- Budd Bailey

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