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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…

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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Kathy Reynolds decided to get serious about running after her youngest of three children started kindergarten. “I decided I needed something for me,” said Reynolds, who was 39 at the time. “I knew that I could run. It was something I had done before, back in high school, but not very much.” Reynolds caught the running bug right away. She has participated in dozens of…

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Jim O’Connor figures he picked the perfect race to launch the regional running season in a more environmentally responsible way. More than 4,000 runners will set off on the 41st Shamrock Run next weekend and, before they take a step, race organizers have asked them to consider the following: Carpool to the race, which starts at noon March 2, outside the Old First W…

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HOUGHTON — The boys 1,000-meter run more than lived up to its billing as one of the most competitive races at the Section VI Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier at Houghton College. The balanced field headed down the last straightaway of the Kerr-Pegula Field House, and several runners lunged at the finish line. Vinny Pagliaccio of West Seneca East found himself on t…

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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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Former champions claimed the men’s and women’s titles at the 123rd edition of the Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday in frigid temperatures. The race had 11,057 finishers, officials said. Former Canisius College runner Chad Maloy of Boston won his third consecutive title, finishing in a time of 23 minutes, 40 seconds. He won last year’s race in 24:25 and the 2016 even…