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When there’s danger of taking your running too seriously, it’s time to break out the costumes. The race calendar is filled with Halloween-themed races that encourage costumes, from Pumpkins in the Park on Oct. 27 in Delaware Park to the EVL Half Marathon in Ellicottville on Oct. 26 and the Boo Bash & Dash on Nov. 1 at the Hotel Lafayette. Those are all warm-ups, …

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Professional baseball in the United States blossomed in the 1860s. In the early 1870s, a pair of brothers from Caton, a tiny town just north of the state line with Pennsylvania, became prof…

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Early bird pricing for the 124th annual YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday. Those interested in the 8K run/walk will pay $36 if they register before Saturday; after that, it will cost $41 until the event reaches its capacity of 14,000 participants, for safety reasons. That often happens in the first or second week of November. The race star…

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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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Registration is now open for the YMCA Turkey Trot, one of Buffalo's Thanksgiving Day traditions. Considered the oldest consecutively run foot race in the world, the Turkey Trot celebrates its 124th running this year. More than 14,000 are expected for the 8K race from North Buffalo to downtown. Runners can register at ymcabn.org until the race reaches capacity. Regist…

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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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James Ngandu saw the car attempting to pull into the intersection of Ferry Street and Delaware Avenue, and he heard the shouts of people telling the car not to move. Ngandu kept running. A few blocks later, still somewhere in the second mile of the Buffalo Subaru 4-Mile Chase, Ngandu saw a man on a bicycle who cut into his path, only a few yards ahead of him. Ngandu …

The 39th Annual Subaru 4-Mile Chase is set to be run tonight at 7 p.m. The race will begin down Delaware Avenue, loop west around Summer Street to Elmwood Avenue, carry back north towards Forest Avenue and back around to Delaware again. Multiple elite runners from around the world are signed up to compete in the race. They include: Mourad Marofit, a 37-year-old Moroc…

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The 39th running of the Buffalo Subaru 4-Mile Chase is Friday night. The event, billed as "Western New York's Social Running Event of the Year" starts at 7 p.m. The race starts and ends at Bidwell Parkway near Elmwood Avenue. Schedule of events 11 a.m.: Registration and expo begin. Cost of registration on race day is $35. Preregistered runners can pick up numbers a…

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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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Donors raced to answer a call from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for help in cleaning up Delaware Park after this month's J.P. Morgan Corporate challenge left it a muddy mess. The organization on Wednesday announced a joint effort among J.P Morgan Chase and local companies to restore turf in the park's northern section damaged following the June 13 race. "Wit…

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The cool, soggy spring mixed with nearly 14,000 people who took part in Thursday's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge to leave behind the worst damage to Delaware Park in the race's 39-year history, a top parks official said. The combination of hundreds of tents, thousands of participants and all of the vehicles used by vendors, security and the like caused at least $20,00…

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Despite a day filled with rain, the 39th annual JP Morgan Corporate Challege took off under sunny skies with employees from 427 Western New York companies in attendance. The 3½-mile race brought in 13,869 runners and walkers to Delaware Park. The Corporate Challenge is part of a 13-city series with more than 250,000 participants worldwide. Leading the way with participan…