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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…

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The 39th annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is set for Thursday. A total of 13,869 full-time employees from 427 Western New York businesses are expected. New start time The biggest change in the race this year is the start time. The race begins at 6:25 p.m. – 20 minutes earlier than in previous years. Road closures The earlier start requires the roads around Delaw…

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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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Andrew Torres waited at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon, anticipating the moment his girlfriend, Kristin Waldby, crossed the finish line. He was a little nervous, too. Right after Waldby crossed the finish line after running 13.1 miles, he immediately planned to propose. Waldby finished the half-marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 6 seconds. Before she got he…

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Aileen Hoak-Lange finished second in the 26.2-mile women's marathon Sunday in the Buffalo Marathon. She completed the course in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 2 seconds, but if Hoak-Lange's time seemed a little slow Sunday morning, it was for good reason. Two weeks prior to the race, she found out she was pregnant, so she had a passenger in tow during the course of the marathon. …

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Around the 22-mile mark of the Buffalo Marathon on Sunday, Ellie Pell needed a quick break. She was worn. She was in pain. She couldn’t contain herself for much longer, literally or figuratively. During the late stages of a grueling road race, Pell needed to go to the bathroom. Knowing she was still well on pace to finish the 26.2-mile race in under 2 hours, 50 minut…

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Each time Joseph Whelan looks at his right wrist during the course of a road race, he’s not just taking note of his running pace. The 2009 Hamburg High graduate is looking at a set of numbers he’s written on the back of his hand. Each number denotes each of the miles in a race where he needs to be especially mindful of certain elements of the course. Whelan will run …

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The Buffalo Marathon takes place Sunday. Whether you're running, watching or trying to plan around road closures, here's what you need to know. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. and the starting corrals open at approximately 5:45 a.m. The start line is located on Delaware Avenue between Huron and Mohawk streets. About 7,500 runners are expected for the 26.2 mile marathon …

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Stacey Clause was drawn to a foot race in downtown Buffalo this weekend by the power of memory – or, more specifically, by a threat to it. Clause, 34, fell in love with running about a year ago. That steady routine had a dramatically positive effect both on her health and on her sense of clarity, and she tries to do at least one 5-kilometer race a month. She was scrolli…

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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…

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If you need someone to sling around a chunk of wood that resembles a telephone pole, John Katalinas is your guy. After competing for years in such track and field events as the shot put and the hammer throw, Katalinas now travels to Scottish festivals around the Northeast to sign up for traditional Highland Games. He throws the caber, a heavy piece of wood that can weig…