1. The idea for this race is to bring some top runners to Buffalo to compete for cash prizes - and give some local runners the chance to see how they match up with the visitors. That has happened over the years, with Olympians and world-class runners stopping off in the Elmwood Village for the race. Some of them ran in the Boilermaker last week in Utica, and stay in upstate New York.
2. First place overall at the Chase earns the top male and female finisher a check for $1,000. Second is worth $500, third is $300 and fourth is $200. The Masters winners earn $600 each, and the top Americans (must be a citizen) go home with $500. There's even a little cash for local runners. The top finishers from Western New York pick up an extra $50.
3. Runners can do even better financially if they break the course record. The Masters winners stand to pick up $750 each in additional prize money, while the Open and U.S. Division winners would earn $500.
4. The records: Joseph Itati of Kenya ran the four miles in 2001 in 17:53, while Cynthia Limo covered tht distance in 20:03. The Masters marks are 18:31 for men (John Campbell, New Zealand) and 21:34 for women (Elena Fidatoff, Romania).
5. The race starts at 7 p.m. around Elmwood and Bidwell, and covers something close to a square involving Elmwood, Forest, Delaware and Summer. If you are headed to or from that area in the early evening, plan your travels accordingly.