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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…

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For many in Western New York beer and running go together like, well, like beer and running. "I've had race directors call me and say, 'I'm told I'm supposed to call you to get beer?''' said Tim Herzog, founder of Flying Bison Brewing Company. Yes, race directors know there's an element of success to their event tied in with the post-race party, including the availab…

Last year, it came down to the Turkey Trot. It was last race in the Buffalo News Runner of the Year series and Kim Vona just couldn't catch her friend and fellow runner Jennifer Boerner. She finished second overall to Boerner and the brush with the series title convinced her to devote her 2017 to chasing the Runner of the Year crown. Meanwhile Dylan Lowry had just mo…

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Attention race directors! The Western New York FLTS has scheduled the 2018 race directors meeting for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. The session is open to all current and prospective race directors along with anyone interested in learning how to organize a successful local road race. Pizza, wings, and pop will be available at th…

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When Michelle Fox started working at Runner’s Roost, it was only meant to be a supplement to her income. The former standout distance runner at Orchard Park High School was coaching cross country at Niagara University. Newly married, she was looking for a second job. Dave Borodzik, the owner of Runner’s Roost, thought she’d be a great addition to the staff. After all, F…

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Former Canisius College runner Chad Maloy of Boston won his second straight Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday, finishing first among the 12,041 runners officially entered in the 8K race down Delaware Avenue. Maloy’s time was 24 minutes, 25 seconds in the 122nd edition of the race. He won last year in 24:46. Mike Deren of Louisville, Ky. was second in 24:44.9 while…

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Jennifer Bardrof squeezed in lots of stuff in the spring of 2016, during the weeks she helped move her family from the Florida Gulf Coast back to her native Western New York: The Goofy, a 10K run followed by a half-marathon at Disney World; landing a new job as a substitute teacher; buying a new house. She didn't have time to bother with the flu-like symptoms that dogge…

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Mary Ann Bolles wasn't fast. She recalls a race where by the time she got to the finish line, the fella running the event had already closed up shop. She wasn't particularly fond of the spotlight either. So when she called the YMCA in 1972 to register for the annual Turkey Trot and was denied entry, it took a little nudge from her daughter to be persistent. "I …

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If you want to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and haven't registered, today could be your last chance. "Literally, very few spots are left," Geoffrey Falkner, YMCA Buffalo Niagara Communications Director, said Tuesday afternoon. The regional Y, which organizes the event, limits the field to 14,000 for safety reasons. Those still interested can registe…