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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…

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Only about 1,300 spots remain for the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot, and organizers expect the field to close out next week. The 123rd annual race – the longest consecutively run footrace in North America – will take place at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) on Delaware Avenue. Runners may register at ymcabn.org until race capacity is reached. The YMCA limits…

When Vince Frisicaro heard the date of this year’s Iroquois Foundation 4-miler, he knew he had to do something special. The retired history teacher understood what Nov. 11, 2018, meant – the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. So Frisicaro got to researching. He discovered five men from the area within the Iroquois school district who died duri…

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Marty Gregoire understands how it looks when he’s running. There are scars all over his body. And it looks like he should be in terrible pain. So why would he be running? Why would he put his body through this? Because, quite simply, it reminds him of where he has been and how far he has come. It gives him an opportunity to show what possible can look like. Especially f…

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If you want to register for this year's YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot at the discounted rate of $36, you must do so by 11:59 p.m. Friday. After that, the registration fee increases to $41. The 123rd annual race – the longest consecutively run footrace in North America – will take place at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) on Delaware Avenue. Runners may regist…

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Those interested in running the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot next month and have yet to register can save $5 if they do so by Friday. The registration cost for the 123rd annual 8K run will climb from $36 to $41 on Saturday. For more information and to sign up, visit ymcaturkeytrot.org. Registration will remain at $41 until the race sells out at 14,000 capacity…

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Chris Mattice isn't quite sure how this particular journey started. At one point, he surmises, he used the hashtag #RunForAutism, which caught the eye of Organization for Autism Research. The national organization reached out to see if Mattice would be interested in running the Chicago Marathon. That's the short version of how Mattice ended up spearheading a group of ni…

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In the weeks after the death of Connor Lynskey, killed in Darien in a hit-and-run accident blamed on drunken driving, his family looked for a way to reaffirm an inspired teenager's sense of purpose. Lynskey, 18, a student at Siena College, had already been accepted into a program that trains rural doctors at the SUNY Upstate Medical University, near Syracuse. He was gui…

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Cardinal O'Hara's Tommy Appenheimer comes from a royal family of Western New York runners. Both his parents, Tom and Heather, ran at Canisius College and are in the school's Hall of Fame. Heather holds the Canisius records for the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races and was The Buffalo News' 1992 Runner of the Year. Tom is top 10 in multiple categories in th…

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All summer, Will Delaney had the goal posted in his room so he was forced to confront it every single day. It wasn’t just any goal, either. It was setting the St. Bonaventure school record in the 5K. There's only one real chance to set the 5K record – at the annual Little Three Championships, which typically kicks off the cross country season for Bona, Canisius, and Nia…

Their relationship to running has changed over the years. Injuries. Family. Life. Aging. Competition isn't a priority and personal bests aren't the goals any more, despite resumes peppered with impressive performances and race wins. But for all three inductees into the Western New York Running Hall of Fame one thing has remained constant – their passion for the sport. …

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Within a few minutes of meeting Ryan and Noah Zygmunt, you will receive a hug. And you will laugh. You are guaranteed to laugh. A lot. They smile. They joke. They’re friendly. They love running and take it seriously. Well, not too seriously. Ask Noah, 28, what his favorite part of races is and he will quickly reply that it’s the beer, T-shirts and medals. He punctuates …

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Nate Oats is used to being out in public. That's part of the job description for a Division I men's basketball coach. You are out in front, taking the questions, sometimes taking the heat, while shaping the direction of the program. So while the cancer diagnosis of his wife, Crystal, in 2015 was an intensely personal family matter, it also was natural for Oats to talk a…