I know, I know. We're about due for the schedule for the Buffalo News runner of the year series.
I'm in the process of tracking down the dates for the events so that I can put out the schedule. That means I still have to hear from everyone involved, which takes time.
But, I am planning on not changing any of the races that were on last year's schedule ... unless they won't be held in 2012. So it will look a lot like 2011, if you like to plan ahead. Yes, that means we start with the Shamrock a week from Saturday.
In the meantime, there are a couple of races coming up this weekend. This is courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Polar Bear 5K, 1691 Lockport Olcott Road in Olcott, 11 a.m. Sunday, 434-8887. I heard the Polar Bear has been in training during this mild winter and will be tough to beat.
* Canisius Chilly Challenge, 5k, 1180 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo, 12 noon Saturday, 882-0466 x262. It's amazing how that last hill at the end always gets to me, even though I know it's coming.
--- Budd Bailey