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Quality time is race time for the More family

The More family of Williamsville isn't running in a race this weekend; it's a rare weekend off.

Ann, Rick and Cameron More thus will have to be content with combining for 209 races in 2011. There is no official record concerning the number of races by three members of the same family, but it's an impressive total no matter how it's considered.

Ann is the leader at 104, followed by 13-year-old son Cameron at 73 and husband Rick at 32.

"I have six others that don't count -- two duathlons, one triathlon, two in Florida and one in Clarence," Ann More said.

Ann and Cameron completed their racing year last week at the Freezer 5K along the waterfront.

When the family wasn't running in races in 2011, it seemed to be writing checks for entry fees to future races. When asked if the family total of running expenditures had hit $4,000 for the year, Ann replied, "Oh, yeah, more. There's gas, mileage on the car -- yeah, I notice it."

This story has its beginnings in 1988. Ann decided it was time to kick some bad habits and become fit.

"A friend of mine was running, and I joined right in," she said. "My first race was a Canisius High School Crusaders race. They didn't give much away, a pair of gloves. There were 10-year age-groups, and there was no one there. I won third in my age-group and I've been hooked ever since."

Husband Rick stayed on the sidelines at first. He walked the Turkey Trot here and there, and later he'd come and join in on the fun occasionally. Eventually Rick became a regular runner as well. Cameron became a regular on the circuit this past spring.

"I started running once a month, once every two months because they [his parents] ran," he said. "This year became my serious year."

Who has more speed in the More family? Ann ran most of her 5-kilometer races in the 27-minute range. Rick has been around 25 minutes at times in 2011. Cameron, meanwhile, couldn't break 30 minutes when he started running regularly in April, but went under 25 minutes twice before the year was out.

Cameron has hopes of running cross-country and track in high school. In the meantime, was there any gloating about being the fastest More?

"Just a little -- when I beat Mom for the first time, and I beat Dad for the first time," Cameron said with a smile.

Ann added, "At the beginning of the season, I would beat him and say, 'I'll wait for you at the finish.' Now I tell him, 'Wait for me at the finish.' "

As you might expect, walk into the More house these days and you might come across a very large stash of T-shirts.

"Ah, the T-shirts," Ann said with a laugh. "I'm in a family that sews, so they make T-shirt quilts. I have bags of shirts sitting in my closet. I'll either donate them to charity or they'll go toward the quilt."

You'd think that a family of runners would take part in workouts together. But it hasn't really turned out that way.

"Rick and I used to do that," Ann said. "Cameron and I ran once with our dog, named Strider. It was just too difficult. The dog was running one way, Cameron was going another way, and I was stuck in the middle. It really didn't work. The next time I rode the bike, holding the dog while Cameron ran. That didn't work either."

They all may try some leisurely runs in the weeks ahead if the weather cooperates. However, Santa Claus put cross-country skis under the tree overnight, so the Mores will give that a try.

When the race calendar turns crowded again, the Mores say they'll be back in action on a regular basis, no matter what the conditions.

"I think it's what keeps us all together," Ann said. "We're all happiest when we are out there. We may be in misery, but we're happy."