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Running notebook: North of the border, mostly

The Niagara Falls International Marathon doesn't get a ton of publicity here. It's mostly a Canadian event despite the fact it starts on this side of the border. Still, more than 1,000 people made the run last Sunday from Buffalo to Niagara Falls, Ont., including some locals.

The first one over the finish line was Lucas McAneney of Toronto, who finished in 2:27:58. Eric Soehnlein of Grand Island was fourth in 2:45:30, while Andrew Pfeiffer of Clarence was fifth in 2:45:50.

Stephane Strittmatter of Ebensburg was the women's winner in 2:58:01. Nicole White of East Aurora was ninth.

The race calendar continues into November this weekend, although there are no marathons coming up. Here's the list, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* BuffaloRunners 10K, Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 9 a.m. Saturday, 649-1530.

* Circuit Stompers 5K Run, 2909 Transit Road in Newfane, 10 a.m. Saturday, 778-7674.

* Veterans Day 5K, Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 868-1055.

* NWSA Save Our Sports 5K, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn, 10 a.m. Saturday, 361-3631.

* EVL Halloween Half-Marathon and 5K, Monroe St. in Ellicottville, 11 a.m. Saturday, 499-2300.

* BOO Bash and Dash 5K, 391 Washington St. in Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 830-6703. I did this race last year on a very rainy Halloween night. I was more worried about potholes than getting wet, but survived nicely without injury. I also received the heaviest age-group medal of my life for my efforts.

* Bob Ivory Run, 5K, 845 Kenmore Ave. in Tonawanda, 9 a.m. Sunday, 270-4142. Based on times, this is one of the fastest fields of the year. The only race that matches it is the Champions 5K, and that depends on you count. Remember, the clocks go back the night before, so 9 a.m. will feel like 10 a.m.

-- Budd Bailey

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