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Running notebook: A look back and ahead

I visited one race and ran in another last weekend. I think it's fair to say the conditions were the major topic of conversation.

The Feel the Spirit race was held in Cheektowaga on Saturday. It began at 11 a.m. I got there from a Bandits practice in the middle of the race, so I watched the finish from the safety of the inside of Infant of Prague Church (resisting the temptation to go bowling there). Runners were a little wet, but they said it would have been worse had the race started earlier in the day.

There was no rain at the Stomp Out Stigma run at Niagara University on Sunday. Just wind. And more wind. Amazing. The start of the race went directly into the breeze, and most people felt like they were running in place. At least my time wasn't too bad by my standards under the circumstances, and I really liked the purple (of course) pint glass as a premium.

Finally on Monday, I gathered with some members of the Lancaster Striders to watch the Boston Marathon in Lancaster. We were as impressed with the times as everyone else, and the races were good too. My thanks to Jeff at for helping me fill out the local runners' list from Boston that was posted in our paper and on this website.

There's only one event on this weekend's calendar.

* Bunny Hop, 5K, 1 Legion Drive in East Aurora, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 572-1777. This race has gotten to be the in place to be the day before Easter. There's always plenty of food and drink, the chocolate bunny prizes go over well, and the price is a bargain. About the only catch is that this is one of the hilliest races of the year, as least of those that are close to Buffalo.

--- Budd Bailey

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