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HEITZENRATER'S DOUBLE VICTORY PUTS HIM IN CONTROL

Mike Heitzenrater took a couple of victory laps after he won the Parkway 10K on Elmwood Avenue last Saturday and all but clinched top honors in The Buffalo News Runner of the Year series.

Unfortunately for runners in the ECMC Lifeline Foundation 5K, the two laps he took came in their race at Delaware Park.

So in the space of a morning, Heitzenrater raced 10 kilometers in a time of 32:45.8, averaging miles of 5 minutes and 17 seconds. And then he hustled over to Delaware Park to run 5 more kilometers in 16:42.

You can excuse him for slowing down a bit in the second race. He "only" averaged 5:22 miles in the park.

Two races, two victories, one morning. All he did to get ready for the second race was change from one Checkers AC singlet into another.

Why? Why not?

At 23, Heitzenrater is at an age when he does it simply. . . . because he can.

The 10K was an especially sweet victory for Heitzenrater because before this year, he had never run that long in a race. He was a steeplechase and cross country runner at Cortland State College and shied away from road races.

Heitzenrater has 75 points in the News overall category, with Matt Glynn second with 58 points.

Glynn would have to win or place in the next two races and Heitzenrater not finish in the Top 10 for there to be an upset.

Left in the series are the Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic 5K on Goat Island this coming Saturday, and the 8K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

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Here's a safe prediction. Today's Casino Niagara International Marathon will produce course records for men and women in the overall categories and the masters' division.

In fact, every person who finishes will set a course record.

Why? It's a brand new course, made necessary by this year's Canada-only run because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Youngstown's Barry Dunstan is a happy young man. Dunstan, 26, shaved seven minutes off the Boston Marathon time he ran in April at the Oct. 7 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. Dunstan, who runs for the Bond Lake A.C., ran 2:39:46.

Former local runner Bernie Prabucki, now living in Durham, N.C., is running his first marathon as a master's runner next Sunday in Venice, Italy.

Prabucki, a former All-America runner at Fredonia State College, won the 1983 Skylon International Marathon in 2:21:28.

He's hoping to run between 2:30 and 2:36 at Venice.

Dick Sanders, the ultramarathon man from the Town of Tonawanda, ran the 24-hour Children's Hospital Run in Woodsfield, Ohio on Oct. 6, a yearly fundraiser Sanders runs for Children's Hospital here.

He's raised $12,000 in the last 16 years. If you care to donate in his name, send him a check at 570 Woodland Drive, Buffalo, 14223.

US Airways is donating three pairs of round-trip tickets for this year's Turkey Trot.

One pair is for a trip to London to be drawn among the pool of age-group winners.

Two additional pairs of tickets to anywhere in the continental United States will be drawn from the pool of race finishers and volunteers.

It's probably safe to predict this year's Turkey Trot will not be quite as exciting as last year.

If you recall, the race last year came a week after we had 2 feet of heavy wet snow that fell in a day and then froze like concrete and closed Delaware Avenue. Despite that, all but 1,000 of the 4,500 registered runners showed up on race day.

Seems no reason why the race can't draw 5,000 this year.

An estimated 125 runners who came to the Jack Donohue track in South Buffalo last Saturday raised $711 for Red Cross relief efforts in New York City.

The South Buffalo Athletic Club's Bob Laskowski helped organize the event.

Upcoming races

St. Mary's School for the Deaf Breaking the Sound Barrier, 5K, Main Street, 10 a.m., today, 834-7200, or smsdk12.org.

Ridgewalk & Run, various distances, Wellsville, 8 a.m., today, 593-5080, or ridgewalk.com.

Casino Niagara International Marathon, 10 a.m., today, Fort Erie, Ont., (905) 356-9460, or niagarafallstourism.com/niagarathon.html.

Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic 5K, (Buffalo News Runner of the Year race), Goat Island, 10 a.m., Sat., 285-3421.

Westfield Harvest Challenge Run, 8K, Westfield, 10 a.m., Sat., 326-4243.

Rootie's 5K, Stahl near Millersport, Amherst, 1 p.m., Oct. 28, 693-2040, 688-0100.

Charles McDougald 5K, Daemen College, Amherst, 11 a.m., Nov. 3, 839-8212.

Buffalo Philharmonic A.C.'s Chestnut Ridge Challenge, 10K, 9 a.m., Nov. 3, 823-4674.

BUFFALO NEWS RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Standings after the Greater Buffalo Track Club's Parkway 10K
OVERALL MEN
Pos. Runner Town
1) Michael Heitzenrater, Lockport....75
2) Matt Glynn, Buffalo....58
3) David O'Keeffe, Orchard Park....55
4) Jim Dunlop Jr., Orchard Park....49
5) Jason Walsh, West Seneca....26
6) Joseph Biasillo, Orchard Park....25
7) Pat Leone, Cicero....21
8) Bob Carroll, Forestville....16
9) Jeffrey Gruendike,Buffalo....13
10) Jeff Scull, Jordan, Ont.....11
OVERALL WOMEN
Pos. Runner Town
1) Judy Arlington, Lockport....78
2) Susan Munson, Orchard Park....68
3) Joanne McKinley-Molodynia, Niagara Falls, Ont.....40
4) Brigitte Soltiz, Alden....30
5) Rebecca Heuer, Forestville....28
6) Debbie Morris-Allen, Buffalo....27
7) Vicki Mitchell, Amherst....25
8) Eileen Testa, Buffalo....19
9) Deana Sikora, Amherst....18
9) Joanne York-Rappl, Buffalo....18
AGE GROUPS, MEN
20-24 -- 1. Michael Heitzenrater (23) 2. Pat Leone (6) 3. John Stewart (4)

25-29 -- 1. Jason Walsh (16) 2. Ryan Forrestel (13) 3. Matt Donohoe (5)

30-34 -- 1. Matt Glynn (20) 2. Jim Dunlop (17) 3. Brian Doyle (7)

35-39 -- 1. Joseph Biasillo (15) 2. Patrick Occhino (7) 3. Bill Maloney (5)

40-44 -- 1. David O'Keeffe (19) 2. Bob Carroll (11) 3. Raymond Pacque (5)

45-49 -- 1. Larry Krajewski (18) 2. Michael Rogers (17) 3. Gary Lantinen (12)

50-54 -- 1. Stephen Forrestel (18) 2. David Peterson (10) 3. Fran Emmerling (7)

55-59 -- 1. Samuel Adams Jr. (17) 2. Robert Bitner (13) 3. Tom Appenheimer Sr. (11)

60-64 -- 1. George Markoff (27) 2. Bill Steffenhagen (12) 3. Frank Shea, Mike Williams (6)

65-69 -- 1. Jack Meegan (22) 2. Joseph Antkowiak (20) 3. David Willett (5)

70-74 -- 1. Jerry Magoffin (21) 2. Richard Sullivan (12) 3. Jesse Kregal (9)

75-79 -- 1. Charles Bauer (24) 2. John Senneff (9) 3. Philip Galeota (6)

80 & Over -- 1. Henry Sypniewski (30) 2. Anthony Napoli (3)
AGE GROUPS WOMEN
20-24 -- 1. Nicole Ludwa (9) 2. Janelle Heusinger, Martha Wilson (5)

25-29 -- 1. Maureen Hamilton (17) 2. Amy Coughlin (9) 3. Lynda Hogan, Lynn Lambright (5)

30-34 -- 1. Judy Arlington (20) 2. Vicki Mitchell (8) 3. Amy Fakterowicz (7)

35-39 -- 1. Debbie Morris-Allen (13) 2. Rebecca Heuer (12) 3. Joanne York-Rappl (7)

40-44 -- 1. Susan Munson (24) 2. Joanne McKinley-Molodynia (14) 3. Sue Panaro (5)

45-49 -- 1. Brigitte Soltiz (22) 2. Diane McGuire (13) 3. Diane Sardes (11)

50-54 -- 1. Sandi Ludwa (10) 2. Judy Allyn (9) 3. Peggy Towers, Karen Wehn (8)

55-59 -- 1. Judy Mowery (26) 2. Joanne Cunningham, Patricia Kunselman (13)

60-64 -- 1. Helen Botti (27) 2. Edye Radice (19) 3. Kathleen Manno (4)

65-69 -- 1. Edna Hyer (26) 2. Shiela Scandurra (13) 3. Gloria Santarpia (4)

70 & Over -- 1. Helen Bueme (18) 2. Marianne Maynard, Mary Grace Monaco (3)

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