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Running notebook: The long runs

A couple of notes about marathons:

The Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, and it's always a highlight of the running year. I'm always impressed just how many Western New Yorkers make the trip to run in the event. I've talked to one of them and you'll read about him in Sunday's running column.

Closer to home, Krysten Stoll has been busy setting up a Facebook page called "Cheer on Buffalo Marathoners." The idea is to generate more spectators to support the runners at the event. Sounds like a great idea. Facebookers, take a look.

The running calendar just got busy. Here's the weekend slate, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* Young Life 5K Run, S4999 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg, 9 a.m. Saturday, 825-6702. No one goes away hungry from this race, and there are some hills on the course to make it interesting.

* Mathletes 5K, 1339 Indian Church Road in West Seneca, 9 a.m. Saturday, 870-8956. This race honors the memory of late school teacher Cindy Frank. If they ask runners to do some calculations along the way, I might have a chance to medal for once. By the way, this race had some organizational problems, and those in charge did a great job of putting everything together on short notice. They'll have more than 300 there Saturday.

* Health Fair 5K, North Tonawanda Middle School, 9 a.m. Saturday, 807-3715. Say, a 5K race for $10? I know some friends who might like that idea.

* Anew Run, 83 South Main St. in Jamestown, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 661-3894.

* Feel the Spirit, 921 Cleveland Dr. in Cheektowaga, 11 a.m. Saturday, 380-0231. Finally - a race on Saturday designed for those on the late shift. The people here have always been friendly and helpful.
 
* Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter 5K, Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College, 10 a.m. Sunday, 888-2977. Note the new starting time, which no doubt is caused by a new course. It's a News Runner of the Year race, and the new course has to be flatter than the old one.

-- Budd Bailey

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