Usually heat has been the biggest weather issue for the Corporate Challenge, not rain - although we have had a couple of soggy races over the years. But this one definitely is going to be remembered for an all-day soaker leading up to the race. Hope the park doesn't get chewed up too badly.
As you can imagine in this post-Boston era, security is an issue. It's particularly true on a day when obviously people may be bringing clothes in an effort to stay dry. The race organizers have a few tips:
* Refrain from bringing any back packs or large bags to the race site. Small bags or clear bags for personal items are acceptable.
* No bags or containers of any size will be allowed on the race course, as ample water will be provided at the start and at various water stations.
* No persons without running numbers will be allowed in the start form-up area.
* If you see something suspicious, please report it immediately to any credentialed J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge official.
Starting time is 6:45 p.m.
In some old running business, I heard about a recent race that violated one of Budd's cardinal rules. Someone who had preregistered for the race discovered upon arriving at the event that organizers were out of his shirt size. So, he took a smaller shirt that will go straight to the Salvation Army. There's no excuse for not setting enough shirts to the side to fit those who preregister early, particularly if you set up a "shirt guarantee date." Races want to encourage preregistration and participation, and not discourage it.
We'll see how many of these races get it right this weekend, and I see that a couple of others were cancelled. The list is courtesy of buffalorunners.com, which also has the Runner of the Year results on it:
* MMA 5K, Mount Mercy Academy on Red Jacket Parkway in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 713-5654. The race is saluting Thomas Caulfield and Beth McMahon, which is nice. Wonder if Beth will have to start the race and then go time it?
* Susan G. Komen WNY Race for the Cure, 5K, Rose Garden in Delaware Park in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 332-2481. The national organization just cancelled some of its races in other cities, but this one goes on as scheduled. It's always quite a celebration.
* Maple Grove's Class of 2018 "Raising The Dough" 5K, 41 Liberty St. in Bemus Point, 9 a.m. Sunday. They didn't have such races when I was an eighth-grader in middle school. Come to think of it, we didn't have running shoes back then.
* Buffalo Orienteering Trail, 5K and 10K, Hunter's Creek Park in Wales, 652-8727. No awards, but it is a race with a party and refreshments.
* Dirty Bit 4-Mile Trail Run, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, 10 a.m. Sunday, 574-0888.
On Sunday, I'll have a column on a couple of the participants in last week's Girls on the Run race at UB. I couldn't believe how that program has grown in such a short time.
-- Budd Bailey