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By Malika Andrews BOSTON – Boston Marathon runners Monday faced teeming rain and the coldest temperatures in 30 years. When the race began, the temperature hovered at 38 degrees, and a 10 mph or more headwind blew in runners’ faces. But the conditions did not stop Desiree Linden from becoming the first U.S. woman to win the race in 33 years. At 34, it was her first m…

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When Pam Tymchak lines up in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday to run her sixth Boston Marathon, her body will be covered with the names of dogs. And a few cats for good measure. She even has a contingency plan since the weather forecast looks, well, miserable for the famed 26.2-mile race -- putting the names on a long-sleeved shirt and writing them on duct tape applied to the o…

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It started where so many great stories about distance running start – with the Boston Marathon. Brooke Adams had been a decorated runner at Randolph Central High School, including winning sectionals in cross-country her senior year. In her 20s, she wanted to take that love of running into longer distances with her sights on qualifying for Boston in 2014. There were d…

Buffalo

The 40th Shamrock Run will go on Saturday as scheduled, despite the storm that closed schools and dumped heavy snowfall throughout the area Friday. The snow stranded Tori Ferraina, executive director of the Old First Ward Community Center, which runs the race, in her driveway for a time Friday, but she sent word that the race is on. More than 4,600 have signed up for…

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Every March, Dave Suttell returns to the beating heart of the Shamrock Run. At 84, a decade past the end of his own running days, Suttell still signs up for the race, mainly for the chance to stop at Doris Bouquard's place in Buffalo's Old First Ward. To Suttell, Doris is a living symbol of what sets the event apart. When he first entered the race more than 25 years ago…

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When Dan Loncto first took over as race director in 1985, Buffalo’s stop of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series had about 1,700 finishers. There were no tents crammed into every available space on the Delaware Park lawn. And there certainly was no electronic timing system. The stories are plentiful and the memories entertaining. But after 33 years as the event’s …

Health and Fitness

It was a brisk March day in 2008 when I milled about the South Buffalo starting line. I asked someone how to put the timing chip on my shoe, lined up for the bathroom plenty of times, and fought off nerves. The Shamrock Run was my first road race and the mixture of excitement and enthusiasm made me slightly nauseous. A true novice, I didn’t realize at the time that the …

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It started the way these things usually do -- a bunch of guys talking at a race, sharing their running stories and laughing a lot. Brothers Bill and Glen Zdon met Sean Johnson at the Grand Island Half Marathon and had a blast talking about their training. Johnson had experience in the podcasting realm and so the trio decided to create their own show featuring their frie…

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Two weekend road races, cross-country skiing opportunities and an early week flu shot clinic in Niagara Falls are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to Friday; also 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Che…

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The Peguin Run in Amherst has been around since 1995. It is always held for an important cause, but Sunday's annual gathering - a tribute to Devin Waring, whose family helped found the race – added an element as aching and powerful as any moment in the event's 23-year history. Tracy Waring, Devin's mother, fired the starting gun and ran the course with Devin's photo in …

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Tracy Waring wasn't going. It was impossible. There was no way to run the race. She couldn't imagine finishing it without Devin, her oldest son. Her brothers, all part of the Matre family, helped found Sunday's Penguin Run/Waddle in Amherst. It started in 1995 almost as a joke, a sort of eureka moment from a few friends who weren't runners in any serious way. They hu…

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Mike Beato admits he's a little obsessive about running. After all he did 135 races in 2017 making him one of the most active road racers in the Buffalo area. But he felt there was a lull in the winter. There aren't as many race opportunities and Beato was looking for a new challenge. That's when he went perusing the calendar on the Buffalo Runners website and found …

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Buffalo News sportswriter Amy Moritz will discuss her athletic journey and share stories of other female athletes during the launch of her debut new book, “I Thought You’d Be Faster: The Quest to Become an Athlete,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. Moritz – a Lockport native and sportswriter for the last 18 years – became an “adult-onset at…

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Time for one last rewind on 2017 as the numbers are in for the race season. Local runner Fritz Van Leaven monitored 445 races held in Western New York, Southern Ontario, and Northeastern Pennsylvania -- 17 more than were held in 2016. Participation totaled 134,048, an increase of 0.7 percent. The average turnout for all races was 301.2 participants. The increase in t…