It was a rather dramatic moment, at least as these things go in the middle of the pack of a new race in Tonawanda.
Some of the runners in the St. Amelia's Race in Tonawanda were about a mile into the run when they heard the screech of car tires, as a driver was in no mood to listen to traffic volunteers and wait for runners to pass an intersection. Why he was in such a hurry to cross the street wasn't immediately known, but he pulled into a church parking lot.
One of the volunteers yelled in vain to get the driver to stop. It was clearly time to go to Plan B - yelling for a police car which was just down the street. The authorities came with lights flashing, with the help of several runners who were more than happy to point out the car. Life should work out so well at all such times.
No word on what the punishment was, although the running community probably would call for the driver to do laps in a prison courtyard for a few years.
One other note for the non-procrastinators in the audience - online registration for the Turkey Trot is now open.
The running conditions have been terrific lately, so here's the rundown of the schedule courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Taste of Lancaster - Fire Fighters for Food 5K Run, Central Ave. in Lancaster, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 684-4818. It's a chance for me to pay a little tribute to my father, who worked at a plant on the race course more than 25 years ago.
* Chasing Away the Stigma 5K, Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Wonder what happened to a similiarly named race at Niagara University?
* Pennies to Heaven, 767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 863-2684. I believe that this course in a cemetary has more turns than any other in Western New York.
* St. Christopher Summerfest 5K, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 216-4103. Two Saturday night races? That's very unusual.
* EVL-9 and EVL-4 Trail Runs, Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville, 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, 574-0888.
* Telegraph Road Race, 11714 Telegraph Road in Medina, 2 p.m on Sunday, 549-5100. This is the second running of this race, but it has a new location. Everyone hits play at the start of the race, and listens to the Dire Straits song that lasts 14 minutes and 18 seconds. Most ground covered in that time wins. It's a great idea; I wish it was at a more convenient time.
Sunday I'll take a look at the upcoming Color Run in my column.
-- Budd Bailey