August 16, 2013 - 12:14 AM
It's the only race of the year that is held at dusk, and more than 1,000 runners again invaded Williamsville on Wednesday night to take part. What's more, it always seems to fall on a clear night so that runners will have more than enough light to avoid the odd pothole while finishing the race.
In fact, the race has come close to outgrowing its starting area. There are plenty of people jammed into a small road. But it's a problem other races would like to have.
The race schedule this weekend is crowded, but they should be held under perfect conditions. Here's the rundown from buffalorunners.com:
* iWacko Sarah Johnson Memorial 5K Run, Clark's Park in Wilson, 9 a.m. Saturday, 440-6516. Good to see this race stage a second running in tribute to the woman who was killed in a house explosion last year.
* Sunset Bay Experience 5K, Sunset Bay Beach Club in Irving, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 907-0219.
* Beast of Burden Ultra Marathon, 50 and 100 miles, 718 Market St. in Lockport, 10 a.m. Saturday, 609-9000.
* 32nd annual Don Carroll Toys for Kids 5K Run, Jackson Square in Batavia, 6:15 p.m. Saturday, (585) 250-4222.
* Run for Row 5K, Como Park in Lancaster, 9 a.m. Sunday, 891-3941.
* 2013 TRZ, 5K and 10K, Firemen's Grounds in Frewsburg, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 397-2519.
Also coming up on Sunday - a column in The News on one of the most important figures in Western New York's running history as he says goodbye. Don Mitchell has always been a friend to this column, no matter who wrote it, and he'll be missed by all of us.
-- Budd Bailey
August 8, 2013 - 11:14 PM
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:
August 1, 2013 - 3:22 PM
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
July 26, 2013 - 12:16 AM
It was certainly a memorable night at the Subaru Race last week. It started in broiling weather, and was cooled a bit in mid-race by clouds to the north that blocked the sun. Those same clouds produced violent thunderstorms later in the night. Race director Jim Nowicki was thankful that at least the storm held off until well after the event was over. That sort of storm would have caused many, many problems had it turned up about 7:15 p.m.
By the way, I was in the truck that led the men's leaders around the course. World-class athletes are amazing to watch. The lead pack cranked out 4:40 miles like clockwork for three miles, and then the eventual winner turned it up a notch. By the way, all of the top runners were complaining about their times afterwards. I was tempted to tell them: "It was hot!"
It's a busy Saturday and a barren Sunday on the race schedule. Last Sunday featured four races. You'd think someone might have noticed that and done a little shifting to try to draw a bigger crowd. Here's the lineup, courtest of buffalorunners.com:
* Lake View Field Day 5K Ruyn, Center St. & Lake View Road in Lakeview, 8 a.m. Saturday, 698-4005. It's a tradition - the earliest non-marathon of the year.
* East Aurora Rerun, 5K, Firemen's Field in East Aurora, 9 a.m. Saturday, 652-3732.
* St. Amelia Amazing Race 5K, 210 St. Amelia Dr. in Tonawanda, 9 a.m. Saturday, 834-5741. The organizers were very helpful and nice on a registration issue I had. Their first race is off to a good start.
* Jason Raby Memorial 5K Run, Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, 11 a.m. Saturday, 751-8281. I should ask someday what the Lewiston-Porter school is doing in Youngstown.
* St. John's Bash and Dash 5K, 1085 Englewood Ave. in Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Saturday, 435-5115. And the Ronald McDonald House Run comes up on Wednesday, which is always one of the big races of the summer.
-- Budd Bailey
July 18, 2013 - 3:58 PM
Either way, it's a good idea to help make the event even bigger and more inclusive. We'll be following this story in the months to come.
In the meantime, here's the weekend schedule, courtesy of Buffalorunners.com. It's supposed to cool down by Saturday. Based on the Canalfest run last weekend in 86-degree temperatures, I'm all for that:
* Buffalo Orienteering Club 5-Mile Trail Run, Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, 6:30 p.m. tonight, 652-8727. Stay hydrated.
* Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase, Elmwood and Bidwell in Buffalo, 7 p.m. Friday, 881-1652. This always has the best field of the season. Now we just need those thunderstorms to arrive after everything is over.
* Laurel Run, Silver Creek Village Square, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 661-4735.
* Crabapple 5K Run, Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 897-7207. This a nice little event; just don't feed the deer while you are there.
* Niagara Catholic Alumni Run, 5K, 520 66th St. in Niagara Falls, 10 a.m. Saturday, 531-6198. I ran this race last year; it's not a common route through the neighborhoods just east of the I-190.
* Character Chase 5K, 150 Pleasant Ave. in Hamburg, 11 a.m. Saturday.
* Run for Rover 5K, LaSalle Park in Buffalo, 9 a.m. Sunday, 883-8544. I'm not sure I've missed one of these races, which usually competed with the Boilermaker Run in the past. It's turned into quite the festival for dogs.
* Lindsay Matthews Scholarship Race, 5K, 6909 Milestrip Road in Orchard Park, 10 a.m. Sunday, 667-3786.
* Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K, Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Sunday, 803-2301. I'll have a preview of this race in Sunday's News.
* St. Mary's Church Chowder Chase 5K, 6919 Transit Road in East Amherst, 830-6617.
--- Budd Bailey
July 12, 2013 - 12:13 AM
At registration, organizers handed out the usual shirt for this year's race. Then they added a leftover shirt from a race two years ago, plus a water bottle, plastic mug, pen, etc. I felt pretty spoiled.
Then the race took place, and I felt less spoiled. After a brief drop from the starting line in downtown Akron, runners went more or less uphill for the next two miles. Akron Falls Park really is nice, but I was too busy panting at times to appreciate. Outside of runs in Chestnut Ridge, I can't remember more hills - with the possible exception of the Bunny Hop in East Aurora. But at least the final mile was downhill.
The weekend got off to a good start on Thursday night with the Old Home Days 5K. Here's the rest of the weekend schedule from buffalorunners.com:
* Tuscarora Nation 10K Ru8n, Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Lewiston, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 940-0852. This always comes close to the 4th of July 10K in Lancaster. Considering how few 10K races there are, it's easy to wonder if this race would do better in a different time slot. But it has been around in July for several years.
* Tom Drake Memorial 5K Thunderbird Club Run, Mayville Lakeside Park, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 607-0328.
* Bonafest 5K Run, Murphy Building on St. Bonaventure Campus, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 790-0056. This is billed as non-competitive but times will be taken and posted.
* Peaceprints 5K, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, 856-6131.
* Tim Frank Memorial Canal Fest Run, 4 miles, 325 Franklin St. in Tonawanda, 10 a.m. Sunday, 510-3971. This race had been a fixture on Thursday night, but Canal Fest organizers decided to use it to kick off the proceedings. It's always a good time, and the course is not exactly Akron Falls Park when it comes to changes in elevation.
* FG III Memorial 5K, Evans Town Park in Angola, 11 a.m. on Sunday, 598-9121.
--- Budd Bailey
July 5, 2013 - 12:03 AM
The competitive was quite good too. Jacob Krolick beat Chris Walters by 12 seconds in the men's race. Jennifer Koeppel-Acker was the women's winner by close to a minute over Katie Niblock. The wins were good for 12 points in the News' Runner of the Year series.
It's not exactly a busy weekend on the race schedule, according to buffalorunners.com. The Independence Run, a 5-kilometer race, goes off in Akron at 11 a.m. SAturday. Visit the American Legion Post at 9 Eckerson Ave. in Akron before the race to register. Call 390-7510.
On Sunday, you'll have plenty of time to rest up and read the story on a popular television personality who is a regular on the local running scene.
-- Budd Bailey
June 27, 2013 - 6:42 PM
Anyone who has seen Vasilis Kariolis run in the Corporate Challenge in the past two years knows how good he is. That's because he won twice. Kariolis is off to an eight-point lead over David Keenan, with some other runners within striking distance.
On the women's side, Aileen Hoak is in the driver's seat. She is 13 points up on Jennifer Koeppel-Acker, with Allison Carr another two points back. Hoak's second-place showing in the Buffalo Marathon showed that she's running very well.
You can check out the standings at buffalorunners.com. You might notice there are some new faces in the top 10, which is always fun to see.
Now for the list of upcoming races, also from buffalorunners.com.
* Road 2 Recovery Mental Health 5K, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 883-3331. Sounds like it might be a little soggy, but this is a well-run race under any conditions.
* 50 Yard Finish Half-Marathon & 5K, 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park, 7 a.m. Saturday, 830-6703. There's a lot less drama leading up to this one, which is more than welcome.
* D&F 5K Challenge 1170 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 363-6383.
* Bemus Point 10K, Long Point State Park Bath House, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-0788.
-- Budd Bailey
June 20, 2013 - 11:35 AM
In any event, the race went off nicely. Someone put a lot of hills in the first two miles - we were in Orchard Park - but the course calmed down after that. Organizers are already talking about next year, a good sign.
More races are coming up this weekend, although the schedule has turned light. Here's the list, compiled by buffalorunners.com:
* St. Gregory The Great Great Race, 5K, 100 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville, 7 p.m. Friday, 479-2442. It's a News Runner of the Year race, and it might be the flattest course in Western New York. The event usual draws a big crowd.
* MSMH River Run, 5K, 145 North 4th St. in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Saturday, 298-2249.
* ChrisFit Fest 5K, 841 Center St. in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Sunday, 524-3001. When did Lewiston become the running capital of the region? Apparently - this weekend.
And in addition, there's time here for one more shameless plug. The Buffalo Broadcasters Celebrity 5K Run will be held at the Central Wharf on Wednesday. It starts at 7 p.m. The shameless part is that I'm a member of the organization, even if I don't qualify as a "celebrity." It's a nice course on the waterfront that's great for a summer night.
-- Budd Bailey
June 13, 2013 - 1:07 PM
There are seven races coming up on Saturday. All right, a Saturday in June usually offers a good chance of top-notch weather, so it's easy to see why the field is crowded. But next week, there's only one race on Saturday and Sunday, and it's in Lewiston. The following week, there's one Saturday/Sunday race, and it's the half-marathon in Orchard Park.
In other words, a great many races will be competing for a sliver of the market this week. If they had waited a week or two, they might have done a lot better in terms of attendance. There's probably a lesson there, particularly for new events.
Here's the weekend schedule, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* OLSH 5K, 3148 Abbott Road in Orchard Park, 6 p.m. Thursday, 445-5022. The description mentions "intermittent hills," a refreshing change from a world where every single course is fast and flat - even when it isn't.
* Ripley's Race to Wellness, 1 Park Ave. in Ripley, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 736-2631 x240.
* Warm Up for Relay 5K, 491 High St. in Lockport, 9 a.m. Saturday, 478-4836.
* Red Devil Run for Recovery, 5K, 9365 Clarence Center Road, 9 a.m. Saturday, 634-9565.
* Run Along Jericho Road 5K, 184 Barton St. in Buffalo , 9 a.m. Saturday, 348-3000 x405. Broadcasters know this address as the former homes of Channel 2 and Channel 17. The course sounds like it should be fun and different, since not too many races are staged over there.
* Trooper Brinkerhoff 5K, Boston Town Park, 10 a.m. Saturday, 604-8949.
* Moving Towards a Cure for Brain Tumors 5K Run, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 727-781-4673.
* Love Everybody 5K, 250 Northwood Ave. in West Seneca, 6 p.m. Saturday, 771-3076. It's a new race in a rare Saturday night slot, and organizers have been working hard for months on it. Applications were approaching 400 at last look, so someone is doing something right.
--- Budd Bailey
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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.
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