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Running Notebook: Off and running

We're almost to the halfway point of the year, which means it's time for a quick look at the News' runner of the year series. Dan Giza has jumped out to a good-sized lead already in the men's competition. Too bad for him that his dominating performance in the Corporate Challenge didn't help him. He's in great form. In the women's division, Aileen Hoak has a narrow lead over Allison Carr. Allison is always good at the shorter races, so you can bet she'll be ready as we head down the stretch.

The complete results can be found here from The next race is the Fourth of July 10K event in Lancaster.

It was nice to do a little racing Wednesday in Niagara Falls after a week of vacation -- although a little less heat would have been appreciated. It's supposed to be cooler this weekend. Here's the schedule from

* Diner Dash, 4 miles, 875 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 874-1707. This uses the Subaru course, and organizers moved the date this year. They were lucky to have the morning to themselves.

* St. Mary of the Lake 5K, 4737 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg, 6 p.m. Saturday, 570-6316.

* Bemus Point 10K, Long Point State Park Bath House, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-0788.

--- Budd Bailey

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