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Running Notebook: Quite wonderful

"It's a Wonderful Run" started three years ago in Seneca Falls as a nice addition to the festival celebrating the movie "It's a Wonderful Life." Organizers got a couple of hundred runners to turn out, and were happy about that.

Imagine their reaction this year, when they went past 3,000 registrations. Amazing.

I knew this was going to be a different sort of event when I walked across the bridge that serves as the starting line. A wedding was about to start right in the middle of the bridge. It didn't look like anyone had running shoes on, though.

The streets were a little crowded, but that's to be expected. And virtually everyone seemed to have a holiday decoration. However, the race did feature a computer chip for the shoe that featured twist ties. That led to everyone crossing the finish line ... and kneeling to try to get the chip off to put in a recycle basket. It caused quite a line. That's something to look at for Year Five.

Elsewhere, the certificates are written for the Runner of the Year series. I'll be mailing them soon. Feel free to drop me an email with your current address, particularly if you've moved in the past year.

The racing season is almost over, but buffalorunners.com tells us we're not done yet.

* Caroler 5K Run, 206 Main St. in East Aurora, 10 a.m. Saturday, 830-6713. Gotta like having a Santa hat as a premium.

* Freezer 5K, 95 Perry St. in Buffalo, 11 a.m. Saturday.

And down the road ...

* Kawelle Ugly Sweater Fun Run, 3K, Glen Park in Williamsville, 9 a.m. on Dec. 22. No results, but a chance to show off an ugly sweater.

-- Budd Bailey

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