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Running notebook: Heat wanted

Is it too much to ask that the nice temperatures hang on just a little bit longer? Probably. It is October, after all. But it's still nice not to put away the shorts and t-shirt look quite yet. I'll bet the last weekday night race of the season is happy about the warmth.

Here's the weekend schedule, courtesy of Buffalorunners.com:

* BobKat 5K, 218 Aqua Lane Park, Town of Tonawanda, 6 p.m. today, 725-7414. This one has bounced around the calendar a bit, but it's a nice little race with plenty of warmth. You usually get to meet "BobKat" if you show up as an added bonus.

* Knox International Communityh Race, 5K, Knox State Park in East Aurora, 8 a.m. Saturday, 655-6859. This is a warm-up to cross-country races at the Knox Farm.

* Flight 3407 Memorial Race, 5K, Clarence Town Hall in Clarence, 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

* Muddy Viking Trail Run, 4 miles, 5013 Route 430 in Bemus Point, 10 a.m. Saturday, 830-6713.

* Run for the Park, 5K X-C, 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg, 10 a.m. Saturday, 202-9142.

* Cops & Kids 4 Mile Run, 4455 Porter Road in Niagara Falls, 10 a.m. Saturday, 286-7263.

* Timon Fall Challenge Run, 5K, 601 McKinley Parkway in Buffalo, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 826-3610. I know people who run this race just for the cheesecake afterwards.

* Chowder Challenge, 5K, Pine Woods Park in North Tonawanda, 11 a.m. Saturday, 523-3958. I know people who run this race just for the chowder.

* Race for Excellence, 5K, 496 Hertel Ave. in Buffalo, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 819-4100 x111. This originally was supposed to start at 11, but was moved back. There haven't been many races in this part of the area, so it's nice to see this one give it a try.

* Olivia's 5K Wish Run, Evangola State Park in Irving, 11 a.m. Sunday, 934-7499.

-- Budd Bailey

Running notebook: Cash on the line

As you are about to read below, it's a crowded field of races this weekend. That's to be expected in September around here, perhaps our best month of the year for staging races.

The ECMC's Lifetime Foundation race is of the most interest. That event has tried to strategy of handing out prize money in an effort to attract runners. This year the number is up to $4,000.

I do wonder about that. Last year, that race did 213 runners. That's not bad, but remember the prize money comes off the top of any charitable donation. And it's easy to wonder if the mediocre runners out there (that would be someone like me) wouldn't find prize money attractive, since they'd have no chance of winning, and go elsewhere. The Linda Yalem Run, again held the day after the ECMC race, did more than 1,000 runners last year. Granted that race has a large college campus as a target audience -- more than 200 women and 150 women in the 15-24 age-groups took part in the event. Other races have tried prize money as well, with similar results. 

I like the idea of having some sort of 5K championship among local runners, featuring the best of the best, but I'm unconvinced that such a race leads to mass participation. Hope I'm wrong.

Here's the busy weekend slate, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* Give for Greatness 5K, Hamlin Park in East Aurora, 9 a.m. Saturday, 491-5794.

* Run in the Country, 5K, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 860-0524.

* ECMC Lifeline Foundation WNY Runs for Heroes, Parkside Lodge at Delaware Park in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, 898-5800.

* Autum Challenge, Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, 10 a.m. Saturday.

* Jill Mattice Memorial 5K Run, Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, 11 a.m. on Saturday, 435-9023.

* Parkside Oktoberfest, 5K, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 5 p.m. on Saturday, 838-1240.

* Bemus Point 15K, Long Point State Park's Upper Pavillion, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-0788.

* Linda Yalem Safety Run 5K, Alumni Arena at UB's Amherst Campus, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 645-2731.

* Miles for Haiti, 2-Hour Run, 9535 Clarence Center Road in Clarence Center, 2 p.m. Sunday, 868-1232. I'll have more on this race in Sunday's column.

-- Budd Bailey

Running notebook: Man on the move

It was another day in the life of Ed Russell.

Last Sunday, he drove down to Irving from the Northtowns - no easy jaunt - for a 5K race there. Ed didn't hang around long afterwards, though. He had to get back to Buffalo for another 5K run - the Shea's Race. That's how someone does 90 races in a year before the end of September.

Ed will probably be busy on Saturday. It's September, and everyone wants to have a race in September. Even so, this particular September day is supposedly going to be a wet one. Ed, bring an extra shirt or two.

Here's the calendar from buffalorunners.com:

* Chautauqua Ultras, various, Mayville Lakeside Park in Mayville, 7 a.m. Saturday, 607-0328.

* Hospice Dash 5K, Porter--on-the-Lake Park in Youngstown, 9 a.m. Saturday, 998-5777.

* Dash for Dad/Zero Prostate Cancer 5K, Perry Street in Buffalo, 9 a.m. Saturday, 844-5646. This seemed like a natural for Father's Day, which the race tried last year. We'll see what happens this time around.

* Mighty Niagara Half Marathon, Artpark in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Saturday, 998-5777.

* Lebro's Fall Classic, 5K, 330 Campbell Blvd. in Getzville, 10 a.m. Saturday, 689-4507. It's a flat course, lots of food, and great premiums. No one leaves hungry or with complaints.

* Tails on Trails, 2.5 miles, Birdsong Park in Orchard Park, 10 a.m. Saturday, 662-6450 x2. Oh, and the dogs race free.

* Pheo Para Run, 5K, 3964 California Road in Orchard Park, 10 a.m. Saturday, 677-6788. This is to fight the rare cancer Paraganglioma and Pheochromocytoma, thankfully abbreviated here.

* 4 for the Corps, 4 miles, 145 North St. in Arcade, 10 a.m. Saturday, 912-8172. That should be enoughb of a choice for Saturday.

* Dash for Diversity, 9K relay, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 11 a.m. Sunday, 417-4331. This is an interesting idea - three-person teams take a lap around the Ring Road.

* Tanya's Trot for Epilepsy, 5K, Skyline Drive in Akron, 2 p.m. Sunday, 541-2315. Akron Falls Park is a great place for a run if you don't mind hills. And you should be done in time for the Bills' game, if that matters to you.

-- Budd Bailey

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

Running notebook: Crowded schedule

It was quite a week for local running. The WNY Running Hall of Fame race went extremely well, as the inductees also seemed to have a fine time. A surprise guest was Mary Wittenberg of New York Road Runners, who was there just to see some brothers run and it turned out she knew some of the inductees. The Fleet Feet 15K went off nicely on Monday morning, as a strong field turned out for a muggy morning. Then one of the last mid-week night races of the year took place in Wendelville. (There's one more in early October, the BobKat Run.) I'm not sure if the line for food at the picnic grounds has gone down yet.

Everyone likes to have a race in September because the weather is traditionally a bit cooler. I'll take time to note the loss of the Holy Angels Academy race, because the school closed over the summer. This one got washed out a year ago, and I was looked forward to trying again this year.

Here's the weekend schedule from Buffalorunners.com:

* Peach Festival 5K, 493 Center St. in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Saturday, 297-5831.

* Scrub Run 5K, Cazenovia Park in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 706-2104. It's a new race, and it's easy to wonder if the $25 (until last week) and $30 (through raceday) prices will scare some people off. It's always a danger unless there's a natural constituency.

* Derby Fair 5K, 7431 Erie Road in Derby, 10 a.m. Saturday, 947-0945.

* Headway Walk, Run & Wheel, 5K, The Hatch in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 408-3103.

--- Budd Bailey

Running notebook: Back from flat

I am back from a week's vacation in the Midwest. I brought my running shoes, naturally, and didn't get out as much as often as I would have liked.

But let me say this - the eastern part of the Dakotas would be a great place to have a marathon. Because, it's mighty, mighty flat. Wow. You couldn't almost see the finish line from the start of a marathon, even if it were 26.2 miles straight down a road.

I'm back for a big weekend in local running, with a couple of races of note coming up:

* WNY Running Hall of Fame 5K, Elmwood & Bidwell in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. tonight, 479-8511. The Class of 2013 is introduced to the running community tonight, as five more members go in. The race course is a fast one as well. This has been a nice night over the last two years, and it should be another good one tonight. One warning: remember that you get what you pay for when it comes to the master of ceremonies of the induction ceremony.

* Rowin', Throwin' & Growin' 5K, 511 Ohio St. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 713-0262. It's an unusual name for a race, so you should know it goes to benefit Carly's Club. Easy to wonder if the $35 day-of-race registration fee will scare some people off.

* Dan Feather Memorial 5K, 487 Baker St. in Jamestown, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-2203 x230.

* Fleet Feet 15K Run into Buffalo, Canalside in Buffalo, 8 a.m. Monday, 332-3501. It's the only 15K run of the year, and this has quickly evolved into a nice event. Fine course, too.

-- Budd Bailey (pardon my shameless plug of linking my name to information about my newly-released book)

Running notebook: Racing in the moonlight

It's amazing just how popular the Moonlight Run has become over the years.

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

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:

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Running notebook: Book 'em, Dano

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

Running notebook: Stormy weather

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

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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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