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Running notebook: Helping a vet

It's always a good idea to help out a fundraising effort by a local veteran. Dan Frontera is a retired Army specialist. He's trying to raise money for a memorial at Serviceman's Park. Dan is running in area races in full military gear in an effort to raise $50,000.

You can reach Dan through his website,, or by sending him an e-mail at

Here are the weekend's races, courtesy of

* 3 Kings Royal Race, 5K, 10893 Sisson Hwy. in North Collins, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 337-3780. It must be moving toward summer; here is the first Friday night race of the year.

* Liberty Mutual Hilbert Memorial Miles 5K, 5200 South Park Ave. in Hamburg, 10 a.m. on Saturday, 926-8936.

* Envirun 5K, Goat Island in Niagara Falls, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 858-7897. It's always fun to run around by the Falls.

* Feel the Spirit 5K, 921 Cleveland Dr. in Cheektowaga, 11 a.m. Saturday, 380-0231. There are more turns on this course than any other 5K in Western New York, I think. At least there's plenty of food and drink if you are dizzy after the run is over.

* UB Run for Smiles, Putnam Way at UB's North Campus, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 440-0365. It's put on by the Dental School at UB.

* Friends of Night People Run Against Hunger, 320 Porter Ave. in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Sunday, 884-5375. This race is collecting old t-shirts from runners. It's a great idea.

--- Budd Bailey

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