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Last year, it came down to the Turkey Trot. It was last race in the Buffalo News Runner of the Year series and Kim Vona just couldn't catch her friend and fellow runner Jennifer Boerner. She finished second overall to Boerner and the brush with the series title convinced her to devote her 2017 to chasing the Runner of the Year crown. Meanwhile Dylan Lowry had just mo…

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Attention race directors! The Western New York FLTS has scheduled the 2018 race directors meeting for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. The session is open to all current and prospective race directors along with anyone interested in learning how to organize a successful local road race. Pizza, wings, and pop will be available at th…

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When Michelle Fox started working at Runner’s Roost, it was only meant to be a supplement to her income. The former standout distance runner at Orchard Park High School was coaching cross country at Niagara University. Newly married, she was looking for a second job. Dave Borodzik, the owner of Runner’s Roost, thought she’d be a great addition to the staff. After all, F…

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Former Canisius College runner Chad Maloy of Boston won his second straight Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday, finishing first among the 12,041 runners officially entered in the 8K race down Delaware Avenue. Maloy’s time was 24 minutes, 25 seconds in the 122nd edition of the race. He won last year in 24:46. Mike Deren of Louisville, Ky. was second in 24:44.9 while…

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Jennifer Bardrof squeezed in lots of stuff in the spring of 2016, during the weeks she helped move her family from the Florida Gulf Coast back to her native Western New York: The Goofy, a 10K run followed by a half-marathon at Disney World; landing a new job as a substitute teacher; buying a new house. She didn't have time to bother with the flu-like symptoms that dogge…

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Mary Ann Bolles wasn't fast. She recalls a race where by the time she got to the finish line, the fella running the event had already closed up shop. She wasn't particularly fond of the spotlight either. So when she called the YMCA in 1972 to register for the annual Turkey Trot and was denied entry, it took a little nudge from her daughter to be persistent. "I …

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If you want to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and haven't registered, today could be your last chance. "Literally, very few spots are left," Geoffrey Falkner, YMCA Buffalo Niagara Communications Director, said Tuesday afternoon. The regional Y, which organizes the event, limits the field to 14,000 for safety reasons. Those still interested can registe…

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It was about two weeks before the New York City Marathon and Allie Kieffer broke down. She had been dealing with tendinitis in her right leg. Running was painful. Not running was depressing. Maybe she wouldn't make it to the start line. Maybe her parents should save their money and not go to the marathon. "My boyfriend talked me off the ledge," Kieffer said. "He made su…

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It's the course that makes the race. And the weather. But mostly the course. The final mile of the 10-mile journey through Lockport climbs the hill on Market Street, a steep end to a long race that probably included snow and wind. And that snow and wind probably made the stretch on Harrington Road particularly brutal. And lonely. And causing runners to question some of …

Sunday, Oct. 29 39th Annual Bob Ivory run, 9 a.m., St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute BuffaloRunners Chestnut Ridge Challenge 10K, 9 a.m., Chestnut Ridge Casino Saturday, Nov. 4 Veterans Day 5K/10K, 9 a.m., Templeton Landing, Buffalo Iroquois Foundation 4 Miler Salutes Veterans, 9 a.m., Iroquois Central School District, 2111 Girdle Rd., Elma. Odosagih …

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Stephanie Ward surprised herself. She was hopeful for a successful freshman campaign at the University at Buffalo. But she didn't expect to earn Freshman of the Year honors in the Mid-American Conference, placing 13th at the conference meet while being the highest placing freshman at the Northeast Regionals. Her times kept dropping, her pace kept getting faster, and her…

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From the moment the gun went off, Melina Buck was in love with the New York City Marathon. As she was running through the streets of the Big Apple in 2009, she knew she would be back, knew she was compelled in her running soul to return every single year. But then, caught up in the life of a grad student at Temple University, she missed the registration deadline. Ah,…

Sunday, Oct. 15 Niagara Falls International Marathon, 9 a.m., marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, Various starting locations. Ridge Walk & Run, 9 a.m., 25K Trail, 10K Trail, 5K Trail, Wellsville Campus, Alfred State College. Lou Reuter Scholarship Run, 5K, 10 a.m., Ben Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd., Tonawanda. Monster Scramble, 5K, 10K, 10 a.m.,…

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The Niagara Parks Commission will host more than 3,600 runners Sunday for the Niagara Falls International Marathon. Registration for the run is closed, but the commission advises that motorists in Buffalo and Southern Ontario can expect delays and/or traffic closures depending on where they are traveling and when. Runners will leave the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 128…

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When we first met Allie Kieffer in July, she had burst on the Western New York running scene, breaking the American record at Buffalo's Subaru 4 Mile Chase. The elite runner had moved to the region from New York City in January and quickly had set a new standard for women runners in the 716. Check that. A new standard for all Buffalo runners. In September, she was th…