I had to work late on Saturday night, so I missed the ceremony - if that's the right word - that marked the group run concerning the Boston Marathon tragedy at Delaware Park early Sunday morning. I showed up a little after 10 a.m., and was very impressed by all the runners in attendance. I ran a couple of laps, and every so often I had to stop and chat with someone I knew - including some runners who had been in Boston.
My favorite story of the day came when I heard someone who wasn't able to finish the race because of the bombing was given a previous year's medal by another runner. Makes you proud to be a runner.
I'll have the story of one runner's trip to Boston in Sunday's column.
Here's the weekend running calendar, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Buffalo Undy 500, Delaware Park, 9 a.m. Saturday, (202) 628-0123 x104. This attracted a crowd last year, so it's here for Round Two.
* Saps Run, 10K, 31 N. Main St. in Franklinville, 9 a.m. Saturday, 372-8184.
* Kaleida Spring Into Fitness 5K, 100 High St. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 859-7069. It's a new course this year, perhaps because of some of the construction in the area.
* BPAC 6-Hour Distance Classic, Northtown Center in Amherst, 8 a.m. Sunday. It takes a special type of athlete to try this one.
-- Budd Bailey