As the weather heats up each summer, people come out in droves to run in the never ending events filling the race calendar in Buffalo, New York. One disappointing aspect is the disappearance of any race longer than a 5K. The 5K is not my favorite distance, but it offers the chance, for participation, to those unable to run longer distances.
The popularity of the 5K has, in my view, become too popular. Many of these events are no longer any fun. A large portion of the participants don’t run or can’t run. People are walking double and triple file on the course, which can be dangerous. The running boom is a wonderful thing. It’s great that in recent years the 5K events have sparked the enthusiasm of so many into exercising; but races, in my view, are for runners, not for people who want to stroll. Because of the increased popularity, race directors have increased the fees to run in these races. Just in the last couple of years it seems, as if, it costs much more to get a whole lot less.
This summer the 36th Annual Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club will hold its 10K and Two Partner Relay on July 4, 2013. This race is one of the few remaining 10Ks in the area. It’s always hot and the competition is fierce. Unlike many of the organizers, of several 5K events, who have begun charging $30-$35 for a race, the Lancaster 10K is $20 pre-registered.
An even better bargain is the Laurel Run held each year in Silver Creek. This year the 8K Run takes place on July 20th. The fee is $15 pre-registered. Money raised, from The Laurel Run, funds disability awareness and prevention efforts, and provides work opportunities for adults with disabilities.
On July 24th the Engineering Society’s 33rd Annual Scholarship Run takes place at the Small Boat Harbor. This 4 mile event is a great race, a great venue, and a great party with plenty of food, beer and music. Last year the DJ played some great music.
August is a tough month for Buffalo area runners, if your interest is in something more challenging than a 5K. A new race on the calendar this year is The Relief Zone’s 10K, which will be held at the Fireman’s grounds in Frewsburg, New York. The event is August 18th.
The Celtic Challenge benefits the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and will be held this year on August 23rd. The distance is 4 miles. It takes place at Riverfest Park along the Buffalo River on Ohio Street. This is another great venue and good party.
Each year Labor Day brings one of my favorite races. The Fleet Feet 15K Run into Buffalo is on September 2nd. Runners get a great view of fabulous Buffalo, New York. The post-race party offers great food, music, and beer at Canal Side at the Erie Canal Harbor.
The best of the summer races ends in Mayville, New York on beautiful Chautauqua Lake with the Chautauqua Ultras. Registration includes a Friday night pasta meal. This year’s event is on September 21st and participants can choose from a 6 hour endurance run, a 50K or a 50 mile distance.
There is no better place than Buffalo, New York for road racing. I don’t bike, I don’t swim, I don’t skate or ski. I run. Run in the snow, the rain, the wind, the cold, and the heat. Just put the shoes on and run.