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Running notebook: Making progress

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

* 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

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