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Every March, Dave Suttell returns to the beating heart of the Shamrock Run. At 84, a decade past the end of his own running days, Suttell still signs up for the race, mainly for the chance to stop at Doris Bouquard's place in Buffalo's Old First Ward. To Suttell, Doris is a living symbol of what sets the event apart. When he first entered the race more than 25 years ago…

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1) Shamrock Run, 9 a.m. day-of registration, tentative noon start time March 3 at Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). Late registration fee is $40 and may be purchased online here and picked up at the OFW by EOB Friday. Commentary: The 40th anniversary of the pre-St. Patrick's Day race is a 5-mile jaunt through the Old First Ward, with runners donning a r…

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Ice skating continues on two cooled outdoor rinks, a new yoga series starts at the Erie County Botanical Gardens and the 40th annual Shamrock Run rounds out the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Parkinson’s caregiver support: 3 p.m., Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst; …

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It was a brisk March day in 2008 when I milled about the South Buffalo starting line. I asked someone how to put the timing chip on my shoe, lined up for the bathroom plenty of times, and fought off nerves. The Shamrock Run was my first road race and the mixture of excitement and enthusiasm made me slightly nauseous. A true novice, I didn’t realize at the time that the …

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1) Shamrock Run, 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start March 12 in Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). $35 online registration can be purchased here. Packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at the race location. Commentary: Here's one sign that we're sprinting toward spring: the 8k Shamrock Run, which is usually cursed for a rainy, cold Saturday,…