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Running Notebook: Going the distance

     Oops!

     Everyone running the Buffalo Broadcasters Celebrity 5K race on Wednesday night had one of two reactions. Either it was a case of "Boy, was I fast!" or it was a matter of "Boy, the course was short."

     Now that many runners have GPS watches, we know that the course was about 2.90 miles, about two-tenths short of the 5K distance. Hard to say what happened.

     Yes, it's still a race, but most of the runners like to see how long it takes to run a specific distance because they'll never compete for a victory. So this one needs to be fixed for next year.

     Here is the holiday weekend schedule, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

     * Tommy's Run 5K, Yates Park in Orchard Park, Saturday at 10 a.m., 662-6659.

     * Dick Bessel Independence Day Run, 2.3 miles, 2255 Baseline Road in Grand Island, Monday at 9 a.m., 773-9680. I ran this race last year for the first time; I even remembered to park north of the parade route so I could leave after the race.

     * Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club 10K, 5540 Broadway in Lancaster, 9 a.m. Monday, 683-1485. It's a News Runner of the Year race, and it's usually hot. This is something of a holiday tradition for local runners for the past 34 years.

--- Budd Bailey