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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…

Some area runners were thinking about running two different J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge races on two different continents - in the same week. The overall championships were held in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday. Buffalo had three teams take part in that event, as they were the winning teams from last year’s event here. They were at least thinking of running in th…

Jim Nowicki still remembers his first race. He wasn't the race director; he simply was a runner back in the late 1970s. "My friend Terry Connors called me, and said, 'We're running a 5K today.' I said, 'What?' " Nowicki said. "It was the Locker Room 5K, and I lived right down the street. I met his group, and we ran the 5K. I was able to run it, and I felt pretty good af…

Danielle Stevens holds two degrees from Canisius College: a bachelor’s in early childhood and special education, and a master’s in teaching English to students of other languages. She spent part of three summers in college working with children in orphanages in Poland. She’s worked with two agencies that help those with mental health challenges. The hard work, pas…

The usual rules about distance running apparently do not apply to Kiplangat Tisia. Most avid distance runners only run a couple of marathons a year, since it's so taxing to go 26.2 miles. Tisia, a Kenyan who lives in Rochester, won his second marathon in a week, on Sunday. In the process, he became the first three-time winner in Buffalo Marathon history since it resu…

Early week bike rides, and two 5Ks and fundraising bike ride next weekend, are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. xxx MONDAY Slow Roll Memorial Day Ride: Meet at 5:30 p.m., ride at 6:30, Buffalo Naval Park, Canalside. Roughly 1…

The Western New York Running Hall of Fame will add two top local runners and a longtime contributor to the area's road racing community in 2017. The Class of 2017 consists of Sue Schaefer Morgan, Alex Trammell and Jim Nowicki. They will bring the number of inductees to 32. Morgan, Trammell and Nowicki will be formally inducted at Tom Donnelly's Hall of Fame 5K, which wi…