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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…

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Typically, Elliott Martynkiewicz keeps his attention locked onto a race. The 23-year-old from East Aurora was battling for the lead Sunday in the 39th annual Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse, a race that climbs steep hills not far from the geographical midpoint of the state, when he noticed the new statue rising above a high place on the course: A mountain goat, with the g…

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It's difficult not to think for a moment about Maksym Sugorovskiy when walking on the Ring Road of Delaware Park in Buffalo these days. It's so quiet. The 3-year-old Maksym was killed and his sister Stephanie was critically injured when a car veered off Route 198 and struck them in the park in May 2015. After authorities investigated the accident, they lowered the sp…

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It’s never too late to have a career highlight in running. Ask Jim Park. The Buffalo runner took part in Monday’s Boston Marathon, his first time in the prestigious event. That alone would be great, but finishing fifth in the 50-54 age-group was more than the icing on the cake. “I’ve had some good races so far, but it’s possibly the race of my life,” he said. Park…

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Other results may be coming in as the day goes on. If we missed someone, send an email to bbailey@buffnews.com, and we'll take care of it. Name, City - Time Jay List, Amherst - 2:40:32 Jim Park, Buffalo - 2:47:22 Justin Dowd, North Tonawanda - 2:53:49 Jim Salmeri, Lockport - 2:55:57 Jeffrey Norton, Hamburg - 3:08:45 Mary Lawrence, Boston - 3:10:59 Nathan Huck…

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When the lights go down at the Boch Center Wang Theater in Boston on April 15, Bob Dimmig could be the most nervous person in the audience. While many people will be preparing simply to watch the documentary, "Boston - An American Running Story," Dimmig finally will find out if he's actually in the movie. "I am ready," he said about the end of what has been a three-y…

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Most road races hand out t-shirts to participants. The “Friends of Night People” organization does that at its event, but it also takes in more shirts than it hands out. That charitable aspect is one of the interesting features of the “Putting Hunger on the Run” race, which will be run for the 14th time on Sunday, April 2. The 5-kilometer run helps the organization p…

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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 results: • …

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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. Ivory, one of the to…

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 -…