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Running notebook: Eight was enough

Road races are rarely described as poignant, but that feeling certainly swept over Thursday night's Run for Hope in Tonawanda.

Sal Teresi had been staging the race in memory of his late wife, Connie. This year was race number eight, and it was the last one. The Run for Hope wasn't the biggest race in town, but it always had a good heart and usually featured Sal's many friends. The Run for Hope had a nice run, and raised some money for pancreatic cancer.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other races on the weekend calendar. Here's the list from buffalorunners.com:

* Dunkirk Lakefront 5K, 30 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk, 9 a.m. Saturday.

* Erie County Fair 5K, Fairgrounds in Hamburg, 9 a.m. Saturday, 649-3900. As I've mentioned before here, this race starts and finishes on the track at Buffalo Raceway. It's great to see interesting finishes in area races.

* Christine Padasak Memorial/Autism Awareness 5K, 393 North St. in Springville, 9:30 a.m.on Saturday, 949-4072.

* Stephen's Cross-Country Run 6K, Long Point State Park in Bemus Point, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-0788.

Meanwhile, the annual RUT race is coming up on Monday and the Moonlight Run will be held on Wednesday. Both are very popular in very different ways.

By the way, registration is underway for the Turkey Trot. Go to the YMCA website for information.

-- Budd Bailey

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