June 6, 2013 - 1:55 PM
As you can imagine in this post-Boston era, security is an issue. It's particularly true on a day when obviously people may be bringing clothes in an effort to stay dry. The race organizers have a few tips:
* Refrain from bringing any back packs or large bags to the race site. Small bags or clear bags for personal items are acceptable.
* No bags or containers of any size will be allowed on the race course, as ample water will be provided at the start and at various water stations.
* No persons without running numbers will be allowed in the start form-up area.
* If you see something suspicious, please report it immediately to any credentialed J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge official.
Starting time is 6:45 p.m.
In some old running business, I heard about a recent race that violated one of Budd's cardinal rules. Someone who had preregistered for the race discovered upon arriving at the event that organizers were out of his shirt size. So, he took a smaller shirt that will go straight to the Salvation Army. There's no excuse for not setting enough shirts to the side to fit those who preregister early, particularly if you set up a "shirt guarantee date." Races want to encourage preregistration and participation, and not discourage it.
We'll see how many of these races get it right this weekend, and I see that a couple of others were cancelled. The list is courtesy of buffalorunners.com, which also has the Runner of the Year results on it:
* MMA 5K, Mount Mercy Academy on Red Jacket Parkway in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 713-5654. The race is saluting Thomas Caulfield and Beth McMahon, which is nice. Wonder if Beth will have to start the race and then go time it?
* Susan G. Komen WNY Race for the Cure, 5K, Rose Garden in Delaware Park in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 332-2481. The national organization just cancelled some of its races in other cities, but this one goes on as scheduled. It's always quite a celebration.
* Maple Grove's Class of 2018 "Raising The Dough" 5K, 41 Liberty St. in Bemus Point, 9 a.m. Sunday. They didn't have such races when I was an eighth-grader in middle school. Come to think of it, we didn't have running shoes back then.
* Buffalo Orienteering Trail, 5K and 10K, Hunter's Creek Park in Wales, 652-8727. No awards, but it is a race with a party and refreshments.
* Dirty Bit 4-Mile Trail Run, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, 10 a.m. Sunday, 574-0888.
On Sunday, I'll have a column on a couple of the participants in last week's Girls on the Run race at UB. I couldn't believe how that program has grown in such a short time.
-- Budd Bailey
May 31, 2013 - 12:01 AM
I hadn't spoken with John before the interview, and found him funny and interesting. It's always fun to talk with people who have strong opinions, and I certainly got an earful when I brought up the state of running locally.
"I think what's happening in Western New York is wonderful. There are more people running that ever before, and it's marvelous," Chew said. "But the quality of running is so bad it's embarrassing. If we are going to be a viable national sport, we have to clean up some things."
Chew pointed out that while there are plenty of races in Western New York, most of them raise money for charity.
"The focus today is on raising money for somebody else, whether its leukemia, cancer, the Y. There's no money going into the sport," Chew said. "When I ran my first Turkey Day race, we lined up at the Delaware Y, gave five cents to Carl Roesch, and ran the race. All the money went to the local sports. At the end some money went to charities, but there was money to support the sport and bid the race.
"When I look at entry feeds are today, if I were a single runner, I'd barely have enough money to eat, let alone support running. ... We're the only sport I can think of where the money gets siphoned to other areas."
It's going to be a very busy weekend for races around Western New York this weekend. Funny how some June weekend dates are jammed, while others are rather empty. The activity actually started on Thursday night with the Gay 5K, which sounded like it had a chance to be a fun event. Now the rest of the calendar, courtesy of Buffalorunners.com:
* Alden's 5K Race for Scholarships, 13190 Park St. in Alden, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 937-9116. Me, I only run in Alden when it is 14 degrees out. That February day during a Winterfest remains about the coldest race of my life.
* Brian Dugan Memorial Scholarship 5K Road Race, Lincoln Arena in Tonawanda, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Make sure to drink up during the water stops.
* Woods Walk & Trail Run, various distances, 1420 Yubadam Road in Portville, 8 a.m. Saturday, 933-0187.
* Finn McCool 4 Mile Odyssey, Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, 9 a.m. Saturday, 830-6703.
* Run the 'Berg for Autism, 5K, 4236 Clark St. in Hamburg, 11 a.m. Saturday, 572-3613. There's a new course this year; I still remember all the turns on the old one.
* Salmon Run, 5K, Clark's Park in Wilson, 5 p.m. on Saturday, 751-6120.
* Derby Snap Fitness 5K Run, 6950 Erie Road in Derby, 9 a.m. Sunday, 947-9010.
* Juneteenth Run for Health, 5K only, 585 William St. in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 830-6560. The 10K, run at the same time, has been cancelled. This is always a friendly race; I've done it several times.
* Girls on the Run 5K, UB/Amherst campus, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 645-6815. I've followed Girls on the Run since it started locally, and can't wait to see how it's grown at one of its two races for the year.
* Tim Oehmler 5K for Kidneys, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Sunday, 510-6702. Runners get a free pass to see the Zoo after the race.
And don't forget the Grace Race in Williamsville on Tuesday night.
-- Budd Bailey
May 26, 2013 - 12:24 PM
On a day when everything at the Buffalo Marathon ran smoothly, Etalema Ambaye and Muliye Gurmu took home the winner's trophies on Sunday morning.
Ambaye, currently from New York City, finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 5 seconds. That was more than eight minutes ahead of Jason Lokwatom, now of Rocky River, Ohio.
The women's race was much more dramatic. Gurmu finished in 2:51:15. That was only seven seconds ahead of Aileen Hoak of Buffalo.
The men's half-marathon title went to Kiplangat Tisia of Kenya, who finished the 13.1 mile event in 1:07:13. Natasha Yaremczvk of Paris, Ont., was the women's winner in 1:19:46.
Assistant race director Tom Donnelly reported no problems during the course of the race.
-- Budd Bailey
May 23, 2013 - 11:48 PM
There's only one event scheduled this weekend, and it's arguably the highlight of the year's calendar. The Buffalo Marathon goes off at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, and the event continues to grow slowly but surely.
The activity starts Saturday with an Expo at the Convention Center, complete with more vendors than ever before and a speaker's bureau. (By the way, there will be discounted race entries for July's Subaru 4-Mile Chase available at the Expo.) There's a pre-race dinner Saturday night, and then the marathon and half-marathon go off. It looks like the weather will be just about perfect for a marathon, as the heat has gotten out of the way at a most convenient time.
Meanwhile, it's hoped that runners will take time out of their Sunday somewhere along the way to read about the newest inductees of the Western New York Running Hall of Fame. It's another top-notch class, and I'll have an interview with one of them in Sunday's sports section.
One other leftover note - last week I mentioned how I had left before seeing the results of a race and discovered later I had actually won my age-group. Well, the good folks at LOL heard about that, and sent me my medal in short order. Nicely done; thank you, thank you, thank you.
-- Budd Bailey
May 16, 2013 - 12:27 PM
Can you wait several more days before you find out who will be this year's class in the Western New York Running Hall of Fame? You'll have to wait. The voting on which five of the 10 finalists will make the Hall took place on Wednesday, and the winners will be announced in The News a week from Sunday. Take it from a voter - any of the 10 certainly could end up honored.
It's a busy week for area running, now that the weather has warmed up again. (Note: the waterfront was rather chilly Saturday morning during the Heritage run). Here's the schedule from buffalorunners.com:
* Town of Tonawanda 5K, 1 Pool Plaza in Tonawanda, 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 876-7424. I've done this race a couple of times, and it's a nice flat course for those so, ahem, inclined.
* Buffalo Greek Fest, 5K, 146 W. Utica St. in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 796-3381. Greek food at a postrace party might be a nice switch from pizza and hot dogs.
* Run with the Rapids 5K, Old Falls St. in Niagara Falls, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 278-2111.
* Bully Free 5K, 71 Lorraine Ave. in Buffalo, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 816-4809. Let's welcome this new race to the list.
* Chris Griswold 5K, Como Park in Lancaster, 10 a.m. on Saturday, 685-2640. The organizers don't let anyone go away hungry, and many runners take home a door prize. Too bad my streak of winning lawn hoses at this race came to an end a while back.
* SSPP's Charge of the Knights 5K, 5480 Main St. in Williamsville, 6 p.m on Saturday, 440-8003. It's rare to have a Saturday night event, and this race almost sounds like it's a chess competition. Plenty of activity after the race by the sounds of it.
-- Budd Bailey
May 9, 2013 - 7:01 PM
Here's a lesson for runners who aren't used to picking up awards at races -- always be prepared for a surprise.
Last week I took part in the Running Water race in Amherst. There was quite a big crowd there. I ran the race, had a quick lunch, and headed home for some chores. But I didn't wait for the results to be finished. Oops. Turns out the people in my age-group were elsewhere, because I finished first - out of two - in the bracket. The chores could have waited, darn it. Remember, you can only run against the people that show up.
Meanwhile, the good runners obviously were at the Grand Island Half-Marathon. It was a News' runner of the year race; here's the way the standings look so far.
There are plenty of chances this weekend to win a medal, according to the calendar from buffalorunners.com. Be sure to hang around for the awards ceremony:
* Sedita Dragon 5K, 21 Lowell Place in Buffalo, 6 p.m. Friday, 316-5782.
* Cummins Run for Literacy, 509 Cherry St. in Jamestown, 9 a.m. Saturday, 484-7135 x236.
* Holland Tulip Festival, Holland Speedway, 9 a.m. Saturday, 537-2264. This is a little too early for me, but I always liked the idea of starting and finishinig on the speedway.
* Nancy Price Memorial 5K, Veterans Park in Youngstown, 10 a.m. Saturday, 531-1216. This race continues to be a fixture. Wonder how many times Matt Glynn has won it?
* Heritage Centers Foundation 5K, 101 Oak St. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 856-4202 x1228. Speaking of fixtures, this always qualifies.
* DeSales Race for Fitness, 5K, 6914 Chestnut Ridge Road in Lockport, 10 a.m. Saturday, 438-2014. I know there are people who try to do two 5Ks in a Saturday morning. It will be difficult this week.
* Save the Drama for Your Mama 5K, Weeden Road Park in Randolph, 10 a.m. Saturday. Best title for a new race in years.
* Crouse 5K Challenge, 5K, 100 Legion Dr. in Gowanda, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 860-8782.
* The Elephant Run, 4 miles, Delaware Park's Marcy Casino in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 836-7045. The postrace party concentrates on breakfast, which is nice. And the event is early enough for people to take Mom out later.
--- Budd Bailey
May 2, 2013 - 7:32 PM
Now ... where are those short-sleeved t-shirts?
It's been time to get that particular item out of the closet lately, as we've had absolutely perfect running weather of late. Organizers of this weekend's races must have smiles as large as their faces.
Here's the schedule for the weekend, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* NCCC Alumni Association 5K Run, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn, 6 p.m. Friday, 614-5910. It's time to ramp up the schedule for night races, always a good sign. This one has been around for some time.
* Catalyst Race for a Cause, 2745 Seneca St. in West Seneca, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 824-4655.
* Allegany Adventure Runs, various trail runs, Allegany State Park in Salamanca, 9:30 a.m. Saturday 574-0888. With three different distances, there's something for everyone here.
* GBTC Grand Island Half Marathon (News Runner of the Year race), Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, 10 a.m. Saturday. This is a staple of the running calendar, and a good warmup for the Memorial Day weekend marathon for those who choose to use it that way.
* Running Water 5K, Northtown Center in Amherst, 10 a.m. Saturday, 536-3004. This is an interesting course that feels like it's a long way from big-city life, which makes it an interesting change of pace.
* ARC of Orleans County/Terri Krieger Memorial 5K Run, 189 North Gravel Road in Medina, 2 p.m. Saturday, (585) 589-5516 (x227). Saturday afternoon races are very rare, but this event seems to like it.
One other note - the finalists have been selected in the voting for this year's class in the Western New York Running Hall of Fame. The selections will be announced the day before Memorial Day, better known as Buffalo Marathon day around these parts.
-- Budd Bailey
April 20, 2013 - 6:51 PM
Beth Weinberg posted this on Facebook under "Boston Marathon Solidarity Run." Lots of area runners apparently will gather at Delaware Park on Sunday morning to show their support. Here are the details from organizer Beth Weinberg:
Please join me this Sunday morning in Delaware Park to take a few laps around the park, hang out and appreciate springtime in Buffalo, and make a donation to the American Red Cross or the One Fund. The Red Cross provides emergency relief to our brothers and sisters in our community and around the world, whenever and wherever it is needed. The One Fund has been set up to benefit the victim...s of the Boston Marathon bombing.
We'll have a water and snack station set up (by the Nottingham entrance of the golf course side), and I'll post more details as they are firmed up. If you'd like to make a donation right now, please visit http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations or http://onefundboston.org/.
#RunForBoston shirts are available through You and Who, with all profits going to the One Fund. Shirts ordered before Friday at noon will be available for pickup at the event. youandwho.com/run-for-boston.html
There will be an after-party at the Liberty Hound from 12:30pm-3:00pm, and a donation will be made to the One Fund for every pint sold.
The Central Park Grill will also be holding an after-party, and will be making a donation to the One Fund.
While we won't be selling food at the event, Lloyd the taco truck will be on Nottingham for brunch.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” ― Fred Rogers
April 11, 2013 - 6:18 PM
The Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, and it's always a highlight of the running year. I'm always impressed just how many Western New Yorkers make the trip to run in the event. I've talked to one of them and you'll read about him in Sunday's running column.
Closer to home, Krysten Stoll has been busy setting up a Facebook page called "Cheer on Buffalo Marathoners." The idea is to generate more spectators to support the runners at the event. Sounds like a great idea. Facebookers, take a look.
The running calendar just got busy. Here's the weekend slate, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Young Life 5K Run, S4999 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg, 9 a.m. Saturday, 825-6702. No one goes away hungry from this race, and there are some hills on the course to make it interesting.
* Mathletes 5K, 1339 Indian Church Road in West Seneca, 9 a.m. Saturday, 870-8956. This race honors the memory of late school teacher Cindy Frank. If they ask runners to do some calculations along the way, I might have a chance to medal for once. By the way, this race had some organizational problems, and those in charge did a great job of putting everything together on short notice. They'll have more than 300 there Saturday.
* Health Fair 5K, North Tonawanda Middle School, 9 a.m. Saturday, 807-3715. Say, a 5K race for $10? I know some friends who might like that idea.
* Anew Run, 83 South Main St. in Jamestown, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 661-3894.
* Feel the Spirit, 921 Cleveland Dr. in Cheektowaga, 11 a.m. Saturday, 380-0231. Finally - a race on Saturday designed for those on the late shift. The people here have always been friendly and helpful.
* Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter 5K, Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College, 10 a.m. Sunday, 888-2977. Note the new starting time, which no doubt is caused by a new course. It's a News Runner of the Year race, and the new course has to be flatter than the old one.
-- Budd Bailey
April 5, 2013 - 10:11 AM
It's mighty good to see April arrive on the calendar. March, and its cold temperatures, won't be missed.
In addition, the race calendar starts to pick up a bit. Here's the schedule for the weekend, brought to you courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Bengal Run, 5K, Buffalo State College, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 878-6001. I had the starting time wrong in Sunday's newspaper. Registration closes at 9, the race itself begins at 9:30.
* Putting Hunger on the Run 5K, D'Youville College at 320 Porter Ave. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Sunday, 884-5375. This is a nice little race that has a course that doesn't get much traffic over the course of the year. The cause is a good one too, as the event is sponsored by Friends of the Night People.
--- 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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