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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 July 13 Run for Bereda 5K, 8:30 a.m., Welch Field, Elm and Third Streets, Westfield Rosie the Riveter 5K, 8:30 a.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terr. Tuscarora Nation 10K and 2.5 mile run, 9 a.m., Tuscarora Indian School, 2015 Mount Hope Rd., Lewiston 50 Yard Finish 5K, 9 a.m., New Era Field, 1 Bills Drive., Orchard Park Sunday, July 14 M…

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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…

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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…

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By Nicole Pope Contributing Writer WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Sebastiano Battaglia isn’t working on lifesaving cancer research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, he’s cross-training for his next race. In the five years Battaglia has run marathons, he’s crossed the Big Sur International Marathon off his list, passed through local villages on a half-marathon…