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Running notebook: Simply the best

I was a little cramped for room when it came to the awards and honors from the Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame, which covers the western half of the state.It deserves a mention.

The new Hall of Famers are: Mark J. Finucane, St. Francis High School; contributor Dr. Alan L. Jones, Binghamton, NY; Stephen M. Machooka, Cornell '64; and Susan L. Schaefer Morgan, Clarence High School. In addition, Stephanie Izard of Sweet Home won the Cynthia J. Wyatt Award. Congratulations to all.

Elsewhere, the area schools that helped out on the Fleet Feet 15K on Labor Day received a nice reward recently. About 175 Brooks shoes have been donated to the schools. That brings the total of the program over the years to 1,300. Fleet Feet even received direct donations to the program, and sales reps have been donated test shoes to the schools as well. It's a nice gesture by the company and appreciated by all.

Not every organization picked this weekend for a race, but it seemed like it. We'll have to see how it affects attendance. On Sunday, I'll be writing about a race in Syracuse, which will honor a great Western New York Runner.

Here's the weekly schedule, courtesy of

* Cummins Run for Literacy 5K, 509 Cherry St. in Jamestown, 9 a.m. Saturday, 484-7135 x236.

* Fred Ruterbusch Memorial 5K Run, Steele Hall at SUNY Fredonia, 10 a.m. Saturday, 480-1557.

* Run in the Country 5K, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, 10 a.m. Saturday, 860-0524.

* Autumn Challenge 5K (trail run), Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, 10 a.m. Saturday.

* ECMC Lifeline Foundation WNY Runs for Heroes 5K, Delaware Park in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 898-5800. Finally, here's a race I've actually run. They hope cash prizes will help turnout, and they might be right.

* Okay 5K Fun Run, Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda, 10 a.m. Saturday, 884-3256. I think a pattern has emerged for starting times for Saturday.

* Jill Mattice Memorial 5K Run, Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, 11 a.m. Saturday, 435-9023.

* Bemus Point 15K, Long Point State Park in Bemus Point, 9 a.m. Sunday, 488-0788.

* Linda Yalem Safety Run, Alumni Arena at UB in Amherst, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 645-2731. It's another News Runner of the Year race.
* Olivia's 5K Wish Run, Evangola State Park in Irving, 11 a.m. Sunday, 934-7499.

* Tanya's Trot for Epilepsy 5K, Cummings Lodge on Skyline Drive in Akron, 2 p.m. Sunday, 541-2315.

--- Budd Bailey

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