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Running notebook: What can go wrong

   Here's a cheap plug for Sunday's running column, which hopefully will be as much fun to read as it was to write. I collected some stories about what can go wrong in a road race. Trust me, the list is endless. I didn't even have room to include the tale of the race director who heard a couple of hours before her race that a construction crane had "appeared" right in the middle of her course.

   When you're done reading, you'll hopefully laugh as well as respect the job of race director a little bit more -- and feel free to leave a comment with your own horror story of a mishap in a race.

   Here's the weekend schedule, with details available at

   * Joanne Severin Cinelli Memorial 5K, Friday at 6:30 p.m. in South Park in Buffalo. It's the next-to-last Friday night race on the calendar, as the days get shorter.

   * Lebro's Fall Classic 5K, Saturday at 10 a.m. in Getzville. I usually run this race for the sweatshirts, which are top-notch.

   * Shea's 5K Run for the Arts, Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Buffalo.

   * Runnin' With Jesus - Oktoberfest 5K, Sunday at noon in Newfane. Pastor Garry continues his march toward having a race every single weekend of the year.

--- Budd Bailey

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