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Running notebook: No room at the inn

   A story about the Boston Marathon Monday certainly got plenty of attention across the country ... and particularly in the Northeast.

   The Marathon started accepting entries for next March's race at 9 a.m. on Monday. About eight hours later, the race had reached its limit of about 21,000 registrants. In comparison, five years ago it took seven months to fill that number of spots.

   The quick filling of the field means that those running in the New York Marathon, of any other race this fall, won't be able to go to Boston even if they hit the qualifying standards. That should get the attention of some. It's also a sign that running continues to grow in popularity.

   I would guess that those standards probably will be getting just a little bit tougher for 2012.

   It's a light weekend in racing, at least in terms of events. The schedule from buffalorunners.com:

   * Breaking the Sound Barrier 5K, 2253 Main St. in Buffalo, 9 a.m. Saturday, 834-7200 x175. I don't think I've missed this one in several years; it's always a nice, little, heart-warming event.

   * Niagara Falls International Marathon, 10 a.m. Saturday, (905) 356-9460. The annual Buffalo to Niagara Falls, Ont., run usually doesn't attract a huge amount of Americans, partly because of border issues, but it still is one of the prettiest courses in the business.

--- Budd Bailey