November arrives this weekend, and that means the schedule of races has started to slow down.
On Saturday, Joe's 5K will be held in Newfane. Then on Sunday, it's the Bob Ivory Run at St. Joe's in Kenmore. The starting time for the Ivory Run is 9 a.m., but at least we go back to Eastern Standard Time that night so it will seem like 10.
The Ivory run is the next-to-last run on The News' Runner of the Year series calendar. Chris Muldoon is clinging to a one-point lead over Mike Heitzenrater in the men's overall standings. This could be a big chance to gain significant ground, since the Turkey Trot often draws out-of-town runners who aren't a factor in the series. Meanwhile, Angela Kudla has a two-point lead over Aileen Hoak in the women's overall.
By the way, look for a profile of Bob Ivory in the running column in Sunday's News.
The Bob Ivory Run ought to get you in the right frame of mind for the New York City marathon, which will be run Sunday. WGRZ-TV (Ch. 2) is slated to carry a highlights show at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon for an hour. Paula Radcliffe will be there to go for win number three. Matin Lel, the men's winner in 2007, will not defend his title. You can also watch it on line Sunday morning by going here.
--- Budd Bailey