If you want to run in a race this weekend, and live somewhere in Erie or Niagara County, you'll have to do some driving.
It's time for another Ellicottville Fall Festival 5K, which has gained in popularity over the last couple of years. That's in spite of the fact that the course may have the biggest hills in area running. Then there's the Crystal Beach 5K Run over in Canada. If nothing else, I personally know that the course is accurate. That's because I helped measure it for a story a few years ago.
You'd think that someone might have looked at the calendar at some point and noticed the blank spot in the schedule and plunked a race down in Erie County this weekend. But it didn't happen. Meanwhile, there were three 5K races in Erie County alone last Saturday.
-- Budd Bailey