If it's mid-April, it must be time for the Boston Marathon.
Boston might be the biggest, most popular goal for local runners. There's obviously a ton of history involved, so it's quite an achievement to simply qualify to run.
It's not easy to come up with a list of all the area runners and their times, but I'll do my best on Monday night and post them in our sports department's web site (look under running) and in the newspaper the next day.
For those with shorter goals, here is the weekend schedule, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:
* Young Life Dyngus Day Dash, 5K, S4999 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg, 9 a.m. Saturday, 830-7852. The course is a little hilly, but the race usually is nicely done and I've never gone away hungry.
* Nick Orrange Run, 5K, Baird Point at UB's North Campus, 9:30 a.m. Sunday. This is a nice little race, with lots of family and friends on hand to honor Nick.
* Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter 5K, Koessler Athletic Center at Main St. in Buffalo, 12 noon Sunday, 888-2977. It's a Buffalo News runner of the year race, and it may be the last race of any kind in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Forest Lawn is said to be planning to get out of the race-hosting business after that.
--- Budd Bailey