But let me say this - the eastern part of the Dakotas would be a great place to have a marathon. Because, it's mighty, mighty flat. Wow. You couldn't almost see the finish line from the start of a marathon, even if it were 26.2 miles straight down a road.
I'm back for a big weekend in local running, with a couple of races of note coming up:
* WNY Running Hall of Fame 5K, Elmwood & Bidwell in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. tonight, 479-8511. The Class of 2013 is introduced to the running community tonight, as five more members go in. The race course is a fast one as well. This has been a nice night over the last two years, and it should be another good one tonight. One warning: remember that you get what you pay for when it comes to the master of ceremonies of the induction ceremony.
* Rowin', Throwin' & Growin' 5K, 511 Ohio St. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 713-0262. It's an unusual name for a race, so you should know it goes to benefit Carly's Club. Easy to wonder if the $35 day-of-race registration fee will scare some people off.
* Dan Feather Memorial 5K, 487 Baker St. in Jamestown, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-2203 x230.
* Fleet Feet 15K Run into Buffalo, Canalside in Buffalo, 8 a.m. Monday, 332-3501. It's the only 15K run of the year, and this has quickly evolved into a nice event. Fine course, too.
-- Budd Bailey (pardon my shameless plug of linking my name to information about my newly-released book)