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The 39th Annual Subaru 4-Mile Chase is set to be run tonight at 7 p.m. The race will begin down Delaware Avenue, loop west around Summer Street to Elmwood Avenue, carry back north towards Forest Avenue and back around to Delaware again. Multiple elite runners from around the world are signed up to compete in the race. They include: Mourad Marofit, a 37-year-old Moroc…

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Kelsey Gratien isn’t unusual in that she tends to post her best times in competitive running races, not training runs. “It's all of these people out there trying to push their body to the limits and other people out there cheering,” said the 32-year-old mother of three who lives in Amherst. “It's really cool to see that, and be part of it.” Gratien stands out because…

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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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Vicki Mitchell hears a common misconception in running circles. “You say you’re a runner and someone asks, ‘How many marathons have you run?’ That’s as if to say, ‘You’re not really a runner unless you’ve run at least one marathon,” said Mitchell, coach of the University at Buffalo track and cross-country teams. Having been an elite level runner, I didn’t run a marat…

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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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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…

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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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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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Here's a reminder that this week's sultry weather won't stick around forever: Registration for the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The 123rd annual race – the longest consecutively run footrace in North America – will take place at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Delaware Avenue. Runners may register at ymcabn.org until race capacity is reached.…

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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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The April weather could be better, but two 5Ks are on the schedule this week, along with opening night of Food Truck Tuesdays and a Walking to Wellness event at the Central Library. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Food Truck Tuesday: This week includes opening ni…

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Every March, Dave Suttell returns to the beating heart of the Shamrock Run. At 84, a decade past the end of his own running days, Suttell still signs up for the race, mainly for the chance to stop at Doris Bouquard's place in Buffalo's Old First Ward. To Suttell, Doris is a living symbol of what sets the event apart. When he first entered the race more than 25 years ago…

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It was a brisk March day in 2008 when I milled about the South Buffalo starting line. I asked someone how to put the timing chip on my shoe, lined up for the bathroom plenty of times, and fought off nerves. The Shamrock Run was my first road race and the mixture of excitement and enthusiasm made me slightly nauseous. A true novice, I didn’t realize at the time that the …

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A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …