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Running notebook: Honored again

   While the Western New York Running Hall of Fame race is still more than a week away, a regional Hall has made its picks for 2011. James D. Ulrich Sr. has been picked for the Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame.

   Ulrich is the retired men's track and field coach at Fredonia State. He led the school to 27 state championships, and coaches five NCAA Division III national champions. Ulrich went into Fredonia State's Hall in 2004, and was picked for Kenmore West's Athletic Hall of Fame as an athlete in 1997.

   Meanwhile, you knew some apps for smartphones had to be coming for the running set. MapMyRun is headed in that direction. Spectators at the New York City marathon will be able to follow runners as they travel the 26.2 miles later this year.

   I just finished reading "An Accidental Athlete" by John "The Penguin" Bingham. It's billed as an autobiography, and there are certainly elements of that, but there was a little too much philosophy in it in the second half of the book. You can read my complete review here.

   Tonight's Mueller Mile, sponsored by the Checkers Athletic Club, is the warm-up to the weekend. It's a quiet time on the calendar, compiled by By the way, the "Runnin' with Jesus" race in Hamburg has been cancelled.

   * Tops 5K and 10K Run, 6363 Main St. in Williamsville, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 635-5221. This has turned into a big race in relatively little time. Plus, no one goes home hungry.

   * Tomato Trot 5K, Evangola State Park in Irving, 9 a.m. Sunday, 549-1802.

--- Budd Bailey

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