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A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating 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. …

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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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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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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…

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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…

Kelly Gasior is a hockey mom and a fitness buff, so when it came time to help put together a fundraiser for the Cazenovia Chiefs Pee Wee Major Hockey travel team, she thought in threes. As in swimming, biking and running. "The Cas Kids Triathlon is the first of its kind in the South Buffalo community,” she told me last weekend during an interview for today’s What are you…