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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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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…

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Saturday, May 18 LockRock Armed Forces Day 5K, 9 a.m., Lock 34 Bar & Grill, 80 Main St., Lockport 27th Annual Chris Griswold 5K Race, 10 a.m., Como Park, Lancaster SSPP's Charge of the Knights, 5K, 6 p.m., Saints Peter and Paul School Gym, 5480 Main St., Williamsville Sunday, May 19 Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K, 10 a.m., Sahlen Field, 275 Washington St.,…

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On Thursday morning, Jeff Tracy and his friends will rekindle the inside joke about a $9 collect phone call. The YMCA Turkey Trot is about more than running the 8K course from North Buffalo to downtown. The tradition that now dates 123 years and people's stories are at its heart. And the stories usually revolve around three things – friends, family and weather. One o…

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The joy was gone. Nicole Oliver loved running, grew up running and was pretty competitive during her high school days at Williamsville South and in local road races. But life happens, including being diagnosed with dystonia at age 20. The condition is a movement disorder in which muscles contract involuntarily. As she sought the treatment that worked best for her, ru…

When Vince Frisicaro heard the date of this year’s Iroquois Foundation 4-miler, he knew he had to do something special. The retired history teacher understood what Nov. 11, 2018, meant – the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. So Frisicaro got to researching. He discovered five men from the area within the Iroquois school district who died duri…

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Marty Gregoire understands how it looks when he’s running. There are scars all over his body. And it looks like he should be in terrible pain. So why would he be running? Why would he put his body through this? Because, quite simply, it reminds him of where he has been and how far he has come. It gives him an opportunity to show what possible can look like. Especially f…

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The Buffalo Sabres injury report continues to be a mixed bag. On the plus side, Conor Sheary returned to practice with the team for the first time since the opening of training camp. On the downside, Scott Wilson went down during practice, helped off the ice without being able to put any weight on his right leg. Let's start with the positives. Sheary came to the S…

Bisons and Baseball

During the 1930s, the Weigel sisters were some of the biggest stars on Buffalo's athletic stage. The three were figure skating champions. They swam. Oh, and Mary and Estelle competed in equestrian. Mary also was an elite golfer, making her one of the city's foremost sports women until her untimely death in 1941. Their story, and that of Werner "Babe" Birrer, James Hewso…