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Running notebook: A series of firsts

It was a week of firsts in running, in some silly and some interesting ways. Here's my list:

* I discovered almost my accident a unique trait of the t-shirt given out at the Wendelville Harvest Moon race. Quite by accident, I found out that my new shirt glows in the dark.

* On Sunday, when I picked up my bib number and shirt from the Headway Run along the waterfront, my goodie bag contained ... a flyswatter. I've been doing races since 2001, and never received one of those before.

* The Headway Run starts by the Hatch and heads to the lighthouse at the Marina before turning around and heading out into the city. Going the other way near the lighthouse was a runner who seemed a little small be doing so well. He kept it up. Liam Regan finished second at the ripe old age of 11. Very impressive. His time for 5-kilometers was 19:06.

Who know what awaits us this weekend? Here's the list from buffalorunners.com:

* Brothers of Mercy Oktoberfest and 5K Run, 4520 Ransom Road in Clarence, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 759-7808. Oktoberfest in September? Is that legal? It's an interesting course around a nature preserve.

* Lackawanna Fire 5000 "80's Retro Run!", 2900 South Park in Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 200-2908. No, you don't have to wear a hairstyle straight of Duran Duran to run, but it wouldn't hurt.

* Run for Life, 5K, 4928 Seneca St. in West Seneca, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 864-4571.

* Connor's Wiener Run, 5K, 8934 Old Lakeshore Road in Angola-on-the-Lake, 10 a.m. on Saturday, 926-2218.

* WNY Hispanic Veterans Memorial Monument 5k, Central Wharf in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 207-3863.

* Food is our Medicine 5K, 12857 Route 438 in Irving, 9 a.m. on Sunday, 532-4900 x5022.

* 8 in the Rough Trail Run, 8.7 miles, Sprague Brook Park casino in Glenwood, 10 a.m. Sunday 574-0888.

* Niagara Celtic 5K, Krull Park in Olcott, 10 a.m on Sunday, 417-2410.

* Shea's Run for the Arts, 5K, 646 Main St. in Buffalo, 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, 553-0179. This is rather late for a Sunday run, especially during Bills' season. But Shea's does put on a good race, and their early-bird discount has always been an attractive draw.

On Sunday, I'll talk to a new Western New Yorker with some unexpected experience at the marathon.

-- Budd Bailey

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