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The margins of victory in the men's and women's races of the Buffalo Marathon weren't particularly close in 2016, but they weren't overly lopsided. Both finished in the middle. Let's look at how the times compare. Biggest men’s victory margin 14:40 - 2009 - Jason Lokwatom 8:13 - 2013 - Zerihun Ambaye Etalema 6:29 - 1989 - Bob Fancher 5:48 - 1993 - David O’Keeffe…

There will be a slight drop in the number of runners taking part in Sunday's Buffalo Marathon. The half-marathon sold out, but the full marathon closed last weekend with the number of entrants down. "It's the first year they've declined," race director Greg Weber said. "It's a nationwide trend. The numbers for individual races have been down overall for a couple of year…

At least one Buffalo Marathon record is likely to be set on Sunday: fastest half-marathon by a guy wearing a purple suit and tie and carrying a briefcase. Robert Flanigan isn't likely to have much competition for that title. He's taking part in a fundraising effort by his extended family to honor his late father, Joe, by collecting money for the Alzheimer's Associati…

A city marathon is a huge event in many ways. The amount of work needed to stage it is immense. Yet it only happens on one morning in a year, so the group that runs it doesn’t have a many “employees” to use on raceday. Someone has to fill in the gaps, and that’s where volunteers come in. A handful help out on a year-round basis, while others only turn up for the…

Typically, Elliott Martynkiewicz keeps his attention locked onto a race. The 23-year-old from East Aurora was battling for the lead Sunday in the 39th annual Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse, a race that climbs steep hills not far from the geographical midpoint of the state, when he noticed the new statue rising above a high place on the course: A mountain goat, with the …

It's difficult not to think for a moment about Maksym Sugorovskiy when walking on the Ring Road of Delaware Park in Buffalo these days. It's so quiet. The 3-year-old Maksym was killed and his sister Stephanie was critically injured when a car veered off Route 198 and struck them in the park in May 2015. After authorities investigated the accident, they lowered the sp…

It’s never too late to have a career highlight in running. Ask Jim Park. The Buffalo runner took part in Monday’s Boston Marathon, his first time in the prestigious event. That alone would be great, but finishing fifth in the 50-54 age-group was more than the icing on the cake. “I’ve had some good races so far, but it’s possibly the race of my life,” he s…

Other results may be coming in as the day goes on. If we missed someone, send an email to bbailey@buffnews.com, and we'll take care of it. Name, City - Time Jay List, Amherst - 2:40:32 Jim Park, Buffalo - 2:47:22 Justin Dowd, North Tonawanda - 2:53:49 Jim Salmeri, Lockport - 2:55:57 Jeffrey Norton, Hamburg - 3:08:45 Mary Lawrence, Boston - 3:10:59 Nathan Huck…

When the lights go down at the Boch Center Wang Theater in Boston on April 15, Bob Dimmig could be the most nervous person in the audience. While many people will be preparing simply to watch the documentary, "Boston - An American Running Story," Dimmig finally will find out if he's actually in the movie. "I am ready," he said about the end of what has been a three-y…

Most road races hand out t-shirts to participants. The “Friends of Night People” organization does that at its event, but it also takes in more shirts than it hands out. That charitable aspect is one of the interesting features of the “Putting Hunger on the Run” race, which will be run for the 14th time on Sunday, April 2. The 5-kilometer run helps the organi…

It’s time for the annual snapshot of the state of the area’s road racing. As usual, Fritz Van Leaven of Tonawanda has put together a comprehensive report on the numbers. I’m left with the task of trying to figure out what they might mean. Van Leaven’s tabulations cover races in Western New York, Southern Ontario and Northwest Pennsylvania. Here are his result…

You may think the 2017 running season started this past week - 60-degree temperature in February can make quite an argument - but most people say the Shamrock Run is actually the beginning of the racing year. It takes place on Saturday, March 4, in South Buffalo, and organizers have some good news for the runners this time around. "The course is the same as last year…

Buffalo Marathon director Greg Weber is always thinking about his job - even when he's in sunny Florida. Weber was in the Orlando area last month for the Disney distance race weekend. When he was visiting the race expo, he noticed that Jeff Galloway, one of the most influential people in running on a national basis, was speaking there. "Jeff had a line out the door, …

Runner's World, the outstanding national magazine on this sport, often contains articles about lessons learned from running. Let's give that idea a local twist. I asked several area runners this question: "If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice before your first race, what would it be?" Let's start with a race director first, because they are c…

Several Olympians will be taking part in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix track meet in Boston on Jan. 28. That includes Matt Centrowitz, the 2016 gold medalist in the 1,500-meter run, and Jenn Suhr, a 2012 gold medalist in the women's pole vault. Kevin Burke will be there too. The Buffalo runner received an invitation to take part in the Masters Mile at the competi…