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Over the years, Jamie and Rosie Billquist became regular customers at Miller's Greenhouse. That little business, operated by an Amish family, sells vegetables and flowers to travelers passing through Chautauqua County. Jamie stopped in not long ago to buy some plants for the garden around his house. The greenhouse owner, recognizing him, asked if the Amish community cou…

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Mary Bostwick didn't win a gold medal at the Buffalo Half Marathon on Sunday – but the white gold engagement ring was a nice consolation. Bogged down by the heat, Bostwick wasn't thrilled with her 02:09 finishing time. Sweaty, sore and wrapped in a Mylar blanket, she went in for a hug from her boyfriend, Ryan Boggs, who had met her at the finish line. "I was ready to…

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They each had a list of goals when they lined up to start the Buffalo Marathon on a Sunday morning that grew hot and humid for distance runners. They would have been happy with hitting any of the goals on their respective lists. Instead, they crushed them all. Tim Chichester, a native of Mt. Morris who teaches in Arkport, and Laura Anderson, who lives in Rochester…

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Christine Nichols wasn't even five minutes removed from hearing doctor's orders Thursday when she began, well, disregarding doctor's orders. She'll be 29 weeks pregnant, in her third trimester, when she runs 13.1 miles Sunday in the Buffalo Marathon. Nichols understood what her physician meant when reminding her it could be a warm day on the course. She nodded when she …

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Jen Bakula set the goal. She wanted to see if she could run back-to-back marathons. So she picked two, in two different states, in January 2014. She was running the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jacksonville, Miss., on Jan. 11 when another runner started talking with her on the course. "He was talking about this club where you run sub-four-hour marathons in every state,"…

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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 course: The road closures: You can track the marathon live, once it begins, on this Buffalo Marathon page.

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Two weeks ago, at the 51st Loucks Invitational meet in White Plains, Ian Russ of East Aurora High School finished seventh in a spirited 3,200-kilometer race. When the grueling competition was finished, several of Russ' weary young rivals came up and thanked him for setting a swift pace. All six of the boys who crossed ahead of him broke the coveted nine-minute mark and …

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The genesis of the idea came from Bart Yasso, the longtime chief running officer of Runner's World magazine and "mayor of running," when he was part of the Buffalo Marathon race expo three years ago. Yasso was describing an event to race director Greg Weber and it caught his attention. "He told me about this dog race and that people were just crazy for the dog race," Web…

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He was only about 11 years old when Jack Lacina Jr. entered the Run The 'Burg 5K. His father recalled it was an inauspicious start to what would become a pretty darn good high school running career. "My son ran it as a young kid not knowing he'd become this track athlete," Lacina Sr. said. "He took off and he cramped up and had to be brought back." But…

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Andrea Kwasniewski wanted to mark her daughter's birthday in a special way. It had been nearly a year since Ashley Whiting died and she thought celebrating what would have been Ashley's 22nd birthday would ease her own pain. The family went to Ashley's gravesite. They shared a meal then went to the beach to release lanterns. But instead of easing her pain, it only magni…

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When John Maddock woke up to the sound of sleet bouncing off the windows, he knew the day was about to change. The Associate Athletic Director for Canisius College and race director for the Shoes for the Shelter 5K had been following the weather forecast for the weekend and prepared runners and volunteers that the annual race scheduled for April 15th may not happen. …

Nation and World

By Malika Andrews BOSTON – Boston Marathon runners Monday faced teeming rain and the coldest temperatures in 30 years. When the race began, the temperature hovered at 38 degrees, and a 10 mph or more headwind blew in runners’ faces. But the conditions did not stop Desiree Linden from becoming the first U.S. woman to win the race in 33 years. At 34, it was her first m…

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When Pam Tymchak lines up in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday to run her sixth Boston Marathon, her body will be covered with the names of dogs. And a few cats for good measure. She even has a contingency plan since the weather forecast looks, well, miserable for the famed 26.2-mile race -- putting the names on a long-sleeved shirt and writing them on duct tape applied to the o…

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It started where so many great stories about distance running start – with the Boston Marathon. Brooke Adams had been a decorated runner at Randolph Central High School, including winning sectionals in cross-country her senior year. In her 20s, she wanted to take that love of running into longer distances with her sights on qualifying for Boston in 2014. There were d…

Buffalo

The 40th Shamrock Run will go on Saturday as scheduled, despite the storm that closed schools and dumped heavy snowfall throughout the area Friday. The snow stranded Tori Ferraina, executive director of the Old First Ward Community Center, which runs the race, in her driveway for a time Friday, but she sent word that the race is on. More than 4,600 have signed up for…