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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half-marathons.


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Mike O’Neill and his wife, Elaine, had reached that point of wondering what was next. As race director of the Grand Island Half Marathon, O’Neill had a passion for running and helping people become active. He also had experience working with charities, making donations to various organizations as part of his race director duties. “That’s when this franchise basically dr…

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Amy Fakterowitz has long been one of the best runners in Western New York. This year, the 51-year-old from Williamsville wanted to see how she stacked up against the best in the country in her age group. The answer? Pretty darn well. Fakterowitz finished the USA Track and Field Masters Grand Prix series with a third-place finish in her age group at the 1 Mile Road Ch…

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It was the running boom of the 1970s and Bill Donnelly had joined a number of fellow Buffalonians at Delaware Park, doing laps on ring road. That’s where he met Jack Meegan. “Jack started running pretty late. He did his first Boston Marathon when he was 43 years old,” Donnelly said. “He loved to run. He did other sports growing up. He played hockey, softball and ran …

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Lindsey Scherf was looking for a road race, anywhere between a 5K and a 15K. As a native of New York State, she had heard good things about the Subaru 4 Mile Chase in Buffalo. So she sent her impressive resume to the race committee, which promptly extended an invitation into the elite field for the 39th annual race, scheduled for July 19. “This aligned with my training a…

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Buffalo loves a party and in the running community there’s no bigger soiree than the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 39th annual event, set for Thursday, will feature the largest number of companies in its history. A total of 13,869 full-time employees from 427 Western New York businesses have entered the field, breaking the record of 419 companies set in 2013, or…

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Kelly Naab has always been a person committed to living a healthy lifestyle. So the last thing she expected was to have a stroke, let alone two stroke events. Naab, 41, learned that life can change pretty quickly and unexpectedly. “I was shook because I was living this healthy lifestyle and no risk factors for a stroke event,” said Naab, a Buffalo native and mothe…

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He has plenty of quips about running and his age, as do most 88-year-olds who are still active on the roads. But Jerry Rivard offers a bit of wisdom with his wit, finding similarities between what he loves most about running to what he enjoyed about his four years of service in the U.S. Armed Forces. “When I was in the service, I met all these nice young people my age,” …

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It was 2014 when Sherry Adamczyk was working at Wegmans at the time the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge came around. The company was advertising the annual event, paying the bulk of the registration fee. Adamczyk only had to pay $10. So she signed up. She figured she’d run one race a month, something to keep her on track because she was new to running and wanted to …

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The first year Ariel Lin worked on the Corporate Challenge was in 2012 overseeing the races in Western and Central New York. And her first impressions of Buffalo could be summed up in one word. Community. “I just felt like everyone was on the same playing field and they were all part of something together,” said Lin, now the Global Head of the J.P. Morgan Corporat…

The idea was pretty simple. Back in the mid-1970s, there wasn’t much of an indoor track season for Western New York high schools. There were a couple of meets, but that mostly worked for the sprinters. The longer-distance runners didn’t have many, if any, races to motivate their training. So Jeff Gemmer, track coach at Canisius High School, had an idea. He would run a 5…

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When Greg Weber took over leadership of the Buffalo Marathon, he didn’t want to just put on a great race. Nor did he only want to donate proceeds of the race to nonprofit organizations. Weber had bigger ideas. He wanted the marathon to become a community event, intertwined with the fabric of Buffalo and Western New York. The next step toward that goal happens this year …

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It was the middle of February and George Chernowski was recovering from a difficult winter. A slip on black ice during a run in December broke his tibia and fibula and shattered his left ankle. Shortly after that, he had surgery for prostate cancer. Being away from running was a challenge for Chernowski, who completed his first marathon in 1979. He has completed 31 duri…

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You had the best of intentions with your New Year's resolution. You were going to start running. Or start running again. Or re-commit to running. But it's cold. And dark. And your motivation might be waning. So here is the sage advice from three in the Western New York running community on how to keep that resolution to run in 2019. Jeff Tracy, race director of the L…

It all came down to the Turkey Trot. Just one point separated Kelsey Gratien and Maura Tyrrell for the top spot in the Buffalo News Runner of the Year series. But the friends and training partners were exhausted by the time November came around. The competition spurred some of their best times across multiple events. And the final 8K of the year, well, that was going to…

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Sunday, Oct. 20 Niagara Falls International Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 9 a.m., Buffalo to Niagara Falls, Ontario Ridge Walk & Run, 25K Run, 10K Trail Run, 5K Trail Run, 9 a.m., Wellsville Campus, Alfred State College Lou Reuter Scholarship Run 5K, 10 a.m., Ben Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd. Saturday, Oct. 26 GIHS Spooky …