It's time to start thinking about long distances ... on both sides of the border.
Not only is this weekend the annual half-marathon on Grand Island, but plans have been announced for a full and half marathon next year from Niagara Falls, Ont., to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The date is said to be in April. We'll see how that works, but it's a pretty route for starters.
Meanwhile, check out this link to a planned series of races in Niagara County. Always a good idea to give runners an excuse for doing more events:
Here is the weekly calendar, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Sedita Dragon 5K, 21 Lowell Plzce in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 316-5782.
* GBTC Grand Island Half Marathon, Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, 10 a.m. Saturday, 515-5159. It's a News' Runner of the Year race, as usual.
* Allegany Adventure Runs, Allegany State Park in Salamance, 10 a.m. Saturday, 574-0888. This covers 6K, 13K and 22K, depending on your preference for the length of a trail run.
* ARC of Orleans County Terri Krieger Memorial 5K, 2 p.m. Saturday, (585) 589-5516 x227. It's the most unusual starting time of the year of any 5K event. It also comes as that rarity, the only 5K of Saturday or Sunday.
--- Budd Bailey