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Running notebook: One-two-three

I'm a little late with this, but I just heard about an interesting finish for a race in Michigan with a local connection.

The race was the Michigan State Police Fall Color 5K in Northville, Mich., in September. The overall men's winner was Dan Smaczniak of Orchard Park, who ran the distance in 19 minutes, 2 seconds. Dan is a fine local runner. Second across the finish line was Laura Smith of Rochester, Mich. -- also known as Dan's sister. Laura was a good runner at Frontier. She won the women's title in 19:27.9 And the third-place finisher was Dan Smaczniak of Hamburg, who finished in 20:04. That Dan is the father of Dan and Laura.

In other words, one family swept the podium. Pretty impressive.

We're back in the running business this week, although snowshoes might be a good choice for footwear:

* Snowball Run, 5K, 4110 Bailey Ave. in Eggersville, Saturday at 10 a.m., 440-7507. This race was pushed back from late last year and is in a new location.

* Flurrious Forecast 2 Mile Run, Delaware Park, Sunday at 9 a.m., 332-3501. The first person across the finish line doesn't win here. Competitors have to predict their times; closest one wins. Yes, no watches or other devices are allowed.

--- Budd Bailey

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