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It's difficult to picture two professional athletes who are more different in body type than Joe DeLamielleure and Marty Biron.

DeLamielleure, a former Buffalo Bills guard and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, was as solid as a soft drink machine in his playing days, and remains in great shape today. Biron, a Buffalo Sabres goalie, is closer to a strand of spaghetti in build, and almost as flexible.

Both will be taking part in the Louis J. Billittier Memorial Run/Walk, which will be held May 7, starting and ending at Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St. The race will benefit the Heritage-Oak Foundation, which supports children and adults with disabilities.

DeLamielleure, 54, is no stranger to running, having done it in high school.

"I ran track in high school -- the 100 dash -- and threw the shot," he said. "I played fullback in high school. I'm only jealous of long distance runners when they buy clothes. Running is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I've always admired runners and swimmers. Those sports require such discipline, and you have to do it yourself and not rely on a team."

DeLamielleure has some extra incentive for running in this race in the person of Heritage Center client Fred Siegel. DeLamielleure encouraged Siegel to complete a one-mile run during the 1979 Special Olympics. Inspired, Siegel went on to lose 40 pounds and win the one-mile race at the 1983 International Special Olympics.

Last year at the Billittier race, it was Siegel's turn to do the inspiring.

"I couldn't keep up with him," DeLamielleure said. "I kept saying, 'When's this thing end?' He'd say, 'Right around the corner.' We turned 30 corners after that. He'd run up ahead and sprint back to me.

"I've been running, working out. Last year I weighed 262. Now I'm 251. Twenty-five years ago, I could have run him into the ground. Now I want to keep up with him."

Meanwhile, Biron's position isn't exactly associated with motion. Goalies tend to stay still while players skate around them. Still, he's no stranger to running.

"I've done 10 kilometers," the 27-year-old Biron said. "Sometimes I've run 5 kilometers in the summer to get in shape for the season. I never really liked those runs much, though."

Biron's position calls for quickness rather than speed. The Sabre does some work on the treadmill and stationary bicycle to build his muscles. He says he's a pretty good sprinter, but is no threat to the area's best long distance runners.

"I can go 40 yards pretty fast, but for long distances I have to pace myself," he said.

He'll be doing exactly that on May 7, as he has decided to run the race this time in his role as celebrity chair of the event.

"In the last few years, I never really ran it," he said. "I hung out with Ed Kilgore and Kevin O'Connell (of WGRZ). This one, we'll (Biron and his wife Anne Marie) run. I'll push the baby around in a stroller."

That means Biron isn't going to collect any trophies after the race . . . not that he thought he could anyway.

"I want to look at downtown, see the waterfront, look at the ballpark," he said with a laugh. "I'm not going to be the front-runner."

Running shorts

Kevin Patterson of Clarence was left off of the list of local runners in the Boston Marathon. He finished in 3:08:36, which put him third among Western New Yorkers.

Doug Casa, an assistant professor of kinesiology and research associate in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, will give a lecture at Canisius College on Tuesday night. It is titled "Exertional Heat Stroke: Progress and Setbacks Over the Past 20 Years."

The lecture will be given at the Regis Room of the Winter Student Center, located on Hughes Avenue. There is no admission charge. For information, contact Michael Dolan at 888-2964.

Upcoming races

NCCC Alumni Association Spring Stampede, 5K, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn, 6 p.m. May 6, 614-5904.

FAS 5K Run, Genesee County YMCA, 209 East Main St. in Batavia, 8:30 a.m. May 7, (585) 589-0055.

Holland Tulip Festival 5K Run, Holland Speedway, Holland-Glenwood Road in Holland, 9 a.m. May 7, 537-2264.

Heritage-Oak Foundation's Louis J. Billittier Memorial 5K, Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., 9:30 a.m. May 7, 833-8603 ext. 247.


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