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WNYers defy rain to participate in events

The unseasonable cold and damp did not deter Western New Yorkers from turning out Thursday evening for a trio of memorable occasions.

Organizers of the 33rd annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge kept a nervous eye on the skies all day but were able to start the massive race on schedule.

Almost a third of the runners who signed up for the event in Delaware Park also looked at the skies and decided to opt out. While almost 13,000 registered for the event, only 8,356 actually ran.

Winners were a pair of previous champions, Vasilis Kariolis and Allison Carr. Kariolis, representing Dopkins and Co., won for the second straight year.

His time was 17 minutes and 27 seconds over the 3.5-mile course.

Only a couple dozen fans bearing overcoats and umbrellas were on hand as the chipper Canadian indie band Hollerado struck up the first notes of the season opening concert at Canalside. As the rain turned to drizzle in the muddy waterfront park, the crowd eventually swelled to give a warm welcome Brooklyn-based rock band The Hold Steady.

Movie fans, regulars and those seeking to relive memories, came to the North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue for the final film screening under the management of Dipson Theatres, which did not renew its lease on the building, which opened in 1920.

“It’s a remnant,” said Sue Overdorf of Hamburg, “but it’s grand.”