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It’s time for the annual snapshot of the state of the area’s road racing. As usual, Fritz Van Leaven of Tonawanda has put together a comprehensive report on the numbers. I’m left with the task of trying to figure out what they might mean. Van Leaven’s tabulations cover races in Western New York, Southern Ontario and Northwest Pennsylvania. Here are his result…

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You may think the 2017 running season started this past week - 60-degree temperature in February can make quite an argument - but most people say the Shamrock Run is actually the beginning of the racing year. It takes place on Saturday, March 4, in South Buffalo, and organizers have some good news for the runners this time around. "The course is the same as last year…

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Buffalo Marathon director Greg Weber is always thinking about his job - even when he's in sunny Florida. Weber was in the Orlando area last month for the Disney distance race weekend. When he was visiting the race expo, he noticed that Jeff Galloway, one of the most influential people in running on a national basis, was speaking there. "Jeff had a line out the door, …

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Runner's World, the outstanding national magazine on this sport, often contains articles about lessons learned from running. Let's give that idea a local twist. I asked several area runners this question: "If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice before your first race, what would it be?" Let's start with a race director first, because they are c…

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Several Olympians will be taking part in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix track meet in Boston on Jan. 28. That includes Matt Centrowitz, the 2016 gold medalist in the 1,500-meter run, and Jenn Suhr, a 2012 gold medalist in the women's pole vault. Kevin Burke will be there too. The Buffalo runner received an invitation to take part in the Masters Mile at the competi…

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Bob Ivory liked to tell the story about when representatives of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute came to him in 1979 and said they wanted to stage a road race in his honor. Ivory would say how school officials said, “ ‘Why don’t we have a run and call it the Bob Ivory Memorial?’ They were always saying, ‘When’s it going to be?’ ” Now we know. Iv…

One last list, and I'm done. Here are the top 20 men's and women's runners in Buffalo Marathon (1989-present) history, regardless of place. It's getting tougher to crack the list, at least on the men's side: Men’s Top 20 2015 - Kiplangat Tisia - Rochester - 2:15:59 2014 - Kiplangat Tisia - Rochester - 2:17:16 2007 - Jacob Chamar - Chapel Hill, NC - 2:17:55 2010…