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.
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…
It was about two weeks before the New York City Marathon and Allie Kieffer broke down. She had been dealing with tendinitis in her right leg. Running was painful. Not running was depressing. Maybe she wouldn't make it to the start line. Maybe her parents should save their money and not go to the marathon.
"My boyfriend talked me off the ledge," Kieffer said. "He made su…
It's the course that makes the race. And the weather. But mostly the course.
The final mile of the 10-mile journey through Lockport climbs the hill on Market Street, a steep end to a long race that probably included snow and wind. And that snow and wind probably made the stretch on Harrington Road particularly brutal. And lonely. And causing runners to question some of …
Sunday, Oct. 29
39th Annual Bob Ivory run, 9 a.m., St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
BuffaloRunners Chestnut Ridge Challenge 10K, 9 a.m., Chestnut Ridge Casino
Saturday, Nov. 4
Veterans Day 5K/10K, 9 a.m., Templeton Landing, Buffalo
Iroquois Foundation 4 Miler Salutes Veterans, 9 a.m., Iroquois Central School District, 2111 Girdle Rd., Elma.
Stephanie Ward surprised herself. She was hopeful for a successful freshman campaign at the University at Buffalo. But she didn't expect to earn Freshman of the Year honors in the Mid-American Conference, placing 13th at the conference meet while being the highest placing freshman at the Northeast Regionals.
Her times kept dropping, her pace kept getting faster, and her…
From the moment the gun went off, Melina Buck was in love with the New York City Marathon.
As she was running through the streets of the Big Apple in 2009, she knew she would be back, knew she was compelled in her running soul to return every single year.
But then, caught up in the life of a grad student at Temple University, she missed the registration deadline. Ah,…
Sunday, Oct. 15
Niagara Falls International Marathon, 9 a.m., marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, Various starting locations.
Ridge Walk & Run, 9 a.m., 25K Trail, 10K Trail, 5K Trail, Wellsville Campus, Alfred State College.
Lou Reuter Scholarship Run, 5K, 10 a.m., Ben Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd., Tonawanda.
Monster Scramble, 5K, 10K, 10 a.m.,…
The Niagara Parks Commission will host more than 3,600 runners Sunday for the Niagara Falls International Marathon.
Registration for the run is closed, but the commission advises that motorists in Buffalo and Southern Ontario can expect delays and/or traffic closures depending on where they are traveling and when.
Runners will leave the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 128…
When we first met Allie Kieffer in July, she had burst on the Western New York running scene, breaking the American record at Buffalo's Subaru 4 Mile Chase. The elite runner had moved to the region from New York City in January and quickly had set a new standard for women runners in the 716.
Check that. A new standard for all Buffalo runners.
In September, she was th…
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 d…
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 th…