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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…

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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, finishe…

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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 the …

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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…

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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, passion a…

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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…

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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 10-m…

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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…

Men 2015 - Kiplangat Tisia - 2:15:59 2014 - Kiplangat Tisia - 2:17:16 2007 - Jacob Chamar - 2:17:55 2010 - Mohammed Awol - 2:19:04 2006 - Jynocel Basweti - 2:19:15 2012 - Josephat Ongeri - 2:20:26 2012 - Dereje Hailegiorgia - 2:20:43 2007 - Solomon Too - 2:20:45 2012 - Peter Omae Ayieni - 2:21:03 2017 - Kiplangat Tisia - 2:21:04 Women 2016 - Hirut Guangul…

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The Buffalo Marathon will take place Sunday on many of the city's major streets and at its two major parks. Here are things anyone who will be in the city during that period will need to know: When: The Buffalo Marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay will start at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Where: It will include more than 50 streets and avenues that run from the city w…

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 5:…

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Men’s winners 2016 - Senbeto Geneti-Gutete - New York - 2:22:50 2015 - Kiplangat Tisia - Rochester - 2:15:59 2014 - Kiplangat Tisia - Rochester - 2:17:16 2013 - Zerihun Ambaye Etalema - New York - 2:23:05 2012 - Josephat Ongeri - Kenya - 2:20:26 2011 - Jynocel Baswetl - Marietta, Ga. - 2:25:30 2010 - Mohammed Awol - Ethiopia - 2:19:04 2009 - Jason L…

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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…

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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…

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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 race it…