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Chris Muldoon needed a break. He ran competitively through middle and high school. He ran competitively at Syracuse University. And when work brought him to Buffalo, he ran competitively, too, winning the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge four years in a row. Then came a blood clot that traveled to his lungs in 2011. Two years later, that was followed by another …

When the first race of 8-ish miles ran through the trails at Sprague Brook Park, about 30 or 40 hearty souls participated. Over the last 10 years, the event has grown to include more than 100 runners with 8 in the Rough taking a spot as one of the favorite trail races in Western New York. The race began as event coordinator Mark Lawrence wanted to feature a running r…

The voice inside my head told me I couldn't run. At least not for the sake of running. You know the joke about running only if you're being chased? Yep. That was me. Still somehow it got into my head that I wanted to learn how to run. So I went to the best available source on my contact list – Budd Bailey. My colleague who authored the running column pointed me in the…

A girl named Sue Schaefer was running her first cross-county race in Clarence in 1974 - a time when there was no separate team for girls in the sport. She even had to run with a boys' singlet, with a t-shirt underneath. "A boy from Williamsville North or South - I forget which - ran up to me and said, 'Who do you think you are?' " she remembered more than 40 years later…

Registration for the 122nd annual YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Runners may register at YMCABN.org  starting Tuesday until capacity is reached. Organizers urge runners to register early to secure a spot. The 8K race attracts 14,000 runners and walkers every Thanksgiving, regardless of the weather. The YMCA Turkey Trot is t…

Allie Kieffer made quite a first impression on the Buffalo running scene earlier this month. Kieffer, who moved to Buffalo early in the calendar year, took part at the Subaru 4 Mile Chase on July 14. She finished second in a time of 20 minutes, 36 seconds - breaking the American record for the race and earning an extra $500 in the process. "It's the only run I've don…

An unidentified male runner collapsed at the finish line at the end of Friday night's Subaru 4-Mile Chase in Buffalo. The athlete received medical attention almost immediately, and was treated in an ambulance for several minutes. Race director Jim Nowicki said the runner had a pulse and was breathing when the ambulance left for Gates Vascular Institute. There was no …

The best runners in the Subaru 4 Mile Chase usually register in advance, and are given low bib numbers to reflect their elite status. So who was that guy wearing No. 1023 in the front of the pack on Friday night in Buffalo? "I decided to do the race yesterday," said Julius Koskei, a Kenyan who lives in Maineville, Ohio. Koskei certainly belonged at the head of the…

"The Century Club" is open for business for another year. There's no formal title for people who take part in 100 road races in a given year, but - whatever you call it - the membership ranks are growing. Last Sunday, both Ann More and Heather Burger reached the century mark at the Janine Kelly Memorial Run in Kenmore. That's 100 races in just over half of the year. "I …

1. The idea for this race is to bring some top runners to Buffalo to compete for cash prizes - and give some local runners the chance to see how they match up with the visitors. That has happened over the years, with Olympians and world-class runners stopping off in the Elmwood Village for the race. Some of them ran in the Boilermaker last week in Utica, and stay in upstat…

Driving the pace truck at the Subaru 4 Mile Chase is tougher than it sounds. Take last year, for example, when a pedestrian strolled off the sidewalk near the finish line without looking - right in front of the lead vehicle. The result was almost tragic. "We speed up in the last couple of blocks on Elmwood to get down Bidwell to park in a driveway, so that we can get…

Tuesday marks the 40th running of the Bob Giza 10K race in Lancaster. It's the first of them to be held without Bob. Giza died earlier in the year at the age of 79. Not only was he a former Supervisor of Lancaster, but he headed what could be called the First Family of Running for the municipality. "Bob always started the race," said Dave Hoch, head of the Boys an…

The 37th running of the Subaru Buffalo 4-Mile Chase will start at 7 p.m. July 14 on Bidwell Parkway. Proceeds will benefit Erie County Medical Center and Police Athletic League of Buffalo. To register and for more info on the race and children’s run for those ages 5 to 10, visit buffalosubaruchase.com.

Tim Delaney is the football coach for South Park High School, the man who guided the Sparks to a memorable state championship in 2015. He is not usually associated with running. Delaney no doubt has forced his players to do some sprints at times during a practice, but he'd be the one standing and watching instead of participating. "To be honest, I'm not a runner at a…

Conventional wisdom says that long periods of training are needed in athletics before becoming a champion. Then there's the  case of Jacquie Huben - "overnight sensation." "I had never done a road race before," she said after winning the women's race in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on Thursday night. Huben, who works for McGuire Development Company, finish…