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Olean, NY Raving since 2019 active 2 hours, 25 minutes ago

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5K Niagara Falls, NY Nov 10, 2019 49:08

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Past Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5K Niagara Falls, NY Nov 10, 2019 49:08
5K Buffalo, NY Nov 2, 2019
10K Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 21, 2019 1:38:29
5K Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 20, 2019 57:57
5K Buffalo, NY Aug 17, 2019 50:21
5K Portville, NY Jul 20, 2019 50:46
5K Oil City, PA Jun 15, 2019 49:35
5K Youngstown, NY Dec 22, 2018 1:00:05

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914th ARW Veterans Recognition 5K Run

914th ARW Veterans Recognition 5K Run

This race is both challenging and humbling for walkers and runners. The mostly flat, paved USTAF-Certified course weaves near the flightline, near C-130s and KC-135s, and then through the base, … MORE

This race is both challenging and humbling for walkers and runners.

The mostly flat, paved USTAF-Certified course weaves near the flightline, near C-130s and KC-135s, and then through the base, past numerous active structures and vehicles of all kinds, so scenery is never an issue. This year’s race sported numerous participating military members, veterans and ROTC cadets whose performance left people like myself humbled. Participants had that extra challenge of walking or running into a headwind for two miles and wind gusts that made the race just that much more of a challenge.

Pre-race planning was flawless as evidenced by the list at the gate where participants could check in with their driver’s licenses.

Runners/walkers were pooled at the fairly new base heritage center to keep warm and socialize with other participants. You were made to feel very welcome by senior commanders and then launched amid the air horns of fire trucks. Base personnel followed the runners closely and were on hand to assist with any medical issues.

The finish line with a gigantic unfurled American flag, suspended from the ladders of same fire trucks, just added to the special significance of this race and weekend.

Post race ceremonies, complete with recognition of the top performers and veterans, and the swag made for a very rewarding day.

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Buffalo Paradigm’s Veterans 5K & Veteran Honor Walk

Buffalo Paradigm’s Veterans 5K & Veteran Honor Walk

2019 was the eighth annual race honoring veterans on a mostly flat paved USATF-certified course that begins at Templeton Landing, near the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, … MORE

2019 was the eighth annual race honoring veterans on a mostly flat paved USATF-certified course that begins at Templeton Landing, near the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, traverses along the Buffalo River to a downtown turn-around. The course returns along the Canalside, past the Naval Park to a second turn around at the Erie Basin Marina Observation Deck and then returns to Templeton Landing.

Previous races included a 10K event, but not this year.

This race attracts a loyal group of runners, walkers and spectators — veterans, military families, and those either open to the challenge or there to support veterans. You can’t leave this race without meeting new people or making new friends. Proceeds benefit the Veterans One Stop Center of Western New York or other local veteran’s related programs.

This year’s race followed a severe storm event where debris still lined that marina lane. The course, almost level to the river, offered some breath-taking scenery of the ships in the Naval Park, teaming waves and wind gusts.

Check-in and bib pick-up went flawlessly. There were some delays, largely because of the numbers of people effectively channeled to the appropriate tables. There was entertainment to pump up the runners, an awards ceremony, posted results, and a post-race event with ample food and social interaction. Race bling included dog tags for all finishers, challenge coins for veterans, and nice medals to the best of the various age groups.

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Air Force Marathon

Air Force Marathon

This race is a special endurance event unlike other military marathons. It is run entirely on a military base and for that reason a lot of the mundane factors run … MORE

This race is a special endurance event unlike other military marathons. It is run entirely on a military base and for that reason a lot of the mundane factors run flawlessly. The scenery is historic and informative about the Air Force. It also means that each participant and spectator is invited to experience the Air Force from the perspective of being there. There were static aircraft at different points, lots of military hardware on display on the last mile, and a fly-over of the theme aircraft, a KC-46.

This was the 23rd annual running of the Air Force Marathon, an event with five different races — a 1K Tailwind Challenge for the very young, a 5K, 10K, half, full — and two challenges involving combinations of the four major races.

The 13,500 participants come from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries — many of them repeating the race like myself. There is also a very select group of STARs runners, about 30 men and women, who have run the marathon from the very start.

This year, running with the marathon and half marathon participants were the Air Force Chief of Staff and the commander of the Air Force Material Command. Also joining the participants were airmen from across the globe who were running as teams for the prized trophy of the Air Force Major Command Challenge.

The pre-race dinner and breakfast gave participants and spectators the opportunity of rubbing shoulders with two Olympians: Bob Schul, the Olympic gold medalist, Air Force veteran and Wright State University Coach; and Grace Norman, the Paralympic Gold Medalist and Cedarville University nursing student. The breakfast was at the host Holiday Inn. The dinner was in the Presidential Hangar of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Both venues and the food were tops!

I didn’t attend the Post Race Party where the next logo was unveiled.

In addition to unique shirts, all participants earn a distinctive medal that is event based. True to the Air Force, each participant is also awarded a “mission” patch unique to each marathon. Then there are additional bling, hats, and other awards based on race finish and challenge.

The volunteer ratio of the Air Force Marathon is almost one for every 10 runners — from signup to expo and race day. That means that bib packet pickup is easily accomplished and the route woven in such a way that one gets to visit the many vendors at the expo. It also means that there was no shortage of individuals willing to assist with issues or cheer on the participants either en route, at the hydration stations, first aid stations, at the start gate or the finish line.

Participants were treated to free bus transportation to and from the Wright State Nutter Center, which meant that the coordinators were endeavoring to make as pleasant an experience as possible. Otherwise, event parking was what one would have expected attending an airshow.

There also was a huge post-race tent offering free refreshments, fruit and other food items and space blankets for the finishers.

This was my second AF Marathon 10K. For me, as an Air Force Retiree, this event offered many déjà vu moments. I wear my comfortable AF PTU gear, sometimes with a torch flashlight radio, and I am once again doing PT early in the morning, taking in the sunrise amid the bustle of an active military base. The difference is a paved course instead of a cinder track and thousands of other runners. I even managed to catch up to another Air Force Retiree and cancer survivor who, like me, saw this race as his own demonstration of personal wellness.

The 10K launched in darkness amid the thunder of fireworks and motivational music. This was done to allow the other races to finish before the heat index turned critical. It rained at one point and the first hill presented a formidable obstacle — just like you would expect of any Air Force training. Yet, the last two miles were through the taxiways and hardstands that I once walked as an young airman — aircraft et all.

The Air Force Marathon has become a family destination event as my wife and six-year-old granddaughter joined me this year with the 5K. I then returned the next morning to do the 10K, shaving about six minutes from my personal time. I’m proudest of my granddaughter and her participation. It was her second 5K.

Next year, however, I intend to wear reflective gear and personal battery light for safety.

I also suggest that people register early to take advantage of discounts. Hotel reservations should also be made early because this weekend is also Parents Weekend at nearby University of Dayton.

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Air Force Marathon

Air Force Marathon

A very family friendly endurance on the campus of Wright State University, one of the Air Force Marathon partners. 2,212 runners/walkers of all ages and sizes navigated the campus on … MORE

A very family friendly endurance on the campus of Wright State University, one of the Air Force Marathon partners. 2,212 runners/walkers of all ages and sizes navigated the campus on a mostly flat course.

Entertainment was the Wright State Jazz Band and hydration stations were appropriate for the size of the race. I was both amazed and pleased at the number of very young who competed and the number of Wright State University students who cheered on the participants.

Although this was my first Air Force Marathon 5K, it was the second Air Force Marathon. This year, my wife and six-year-old granddaughter participated in the 5K. We are proudest of our granddaughter. It was her second 5K.

I returned the next morning for my second AF Marathon 10K and shaved six minutes off my previous time.

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Buffalo Sabres 5K

Buffalo Sabres 5K

Never thought you could successfully mix hockey with running and walking. in Buffalo, however, they did successfully for a lot of fun. This was the inaugural Sabres 5.0K Race to … MORE

Never thought you could successfully mix hockey with running and walking. in Buffalo, however, they did successfully for a lot of fun.

This was the inaugural Sabres 5.0K Race to celebrate the team’s 50th season. Proceeds benefited the team’s charitable foundation. Numerous current and former Sabres players were also on hand to greet their fans.

Starting at the KeyBank Center, runners/walkers enjoyed a level and paved 5K route that navigated through downtown Buffalo, along Canalside, and on to the Marina for the turnaround.

The race served as the kickoff to Buffalo Sabres Fan Fest which was held the same day. The event, however, was cancelled due to rain.

The first 1000 registered runners received a commemorative race t-shirt and two tickets to a 2019-20 Buffalo Sabres preseason home game.

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McGreevy Run For Our Heroes

McGreevy Run For Our Heroes

The annual McGreevy Run for our HEROES honors Lt. Michael McGreevy, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action on June 28, 2005 as a part of Operation Redwings. … MORE

The annual McGreevy Run for our HEROES honors Lt. Michael McGreevy, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action on June 28, 2005 as a part of Operation Redwings. Mike was a 1993 graduate of Portville Central School and he was one of the standouts in both morality and drive.

Proceeds fund this very well organized event fund two scholarships, set up in Mike’s memory, and given to select Portville Central School students who live their lives in the manner in which he did.

Race alumni become part of “Team Groove,” who continue to gather long after the race. Team Grove members voluntarily contribute back to the community annually in local efforts that include picking up trash and garbage along Route 417 between Portville and Westons Mills.

Participants, traveling from five states and Canada, include numerous veterans, former Navy SEALS, U.S. Naval Academy alumni, race enthusiasts, and community members and leaders.

The race starts at the Portville Central School combination track and football field where Mike once competed and trained as a scholar athlete.
After a patriotic opening ceremony and gun start, runners and walkers begin a mostly paved course that weaves through the campus, back along a local creek, and then into the Village.

The route includes the local municipal park where there is a memorial bench in Mike’s honor and a two-mile patriotic stretch through the business district, containing streetlight-mounted banners honoring other local veterans and heroes.

The scenery includes ample Victorian architecture and numerous shade trees. There are mild hills and elevations along the way.

The hydration station is hosted annually by the Boy Scouts. Partipants are entertained along the way by a local musician performing in the park.

The race ends back at the high school track for closing ceremonies. At the finish line, runners and walkers are presented — in true military fashion — a challenge coin from Gold Star Mothers, members of the McGreevy family or individuals who were associated with him. The 2019 challenge coin was the second of a three-year commemorative set.

The 2019 race was the second time my wife and I experienced this very special local community event that continues to grow in popularity.

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Oil City Police Department Back the Blue 5K (Blue Glow Run)

Oil City Police Department Back the Blue 5K (Blue Glow Run)

Race is in my hometown. The 2019 race was the second time my wife and I participated. The course starts on Seneca Street at the police station and then proceeds … MORE

Race is in my hometown. The 2019 race was the second time my wife and I participated.

The course starts on Seneca Street at the police station and then proceeds across what is now Veterans Memorial Bridge to the southside of Oil City and down West First Street to a turn-around not far from the Venango Campus of Clarion University. Route is paved with mild elevations. Lots of Victorian architecture, shade trees and historic landmarks.

The event is done in conjunction with an annual community day. There is the usual swag of t-shirts and medals for the top finishers.

Timing and production leave lots to be desired, especially when I witnessed one individual break from the other runners/walkers at the one-mile point and then return to the finish line — only to be presented a medal for her efforts. One other medal recipient was honored in the wrong category.

Although on-line registration was for runners only, registration at the site allowed for both runners and walkers. The timing service, however, did not differentiate between either category. Then communication attempts to correct any issues, with either the race organizer or the timing service went unresolved and unanswered.

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Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara

Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara

This was the third Annual Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara. It is a beautiful and scenic 5K run/walk, not for the weak at heart, which takes place entirely within … MORE

This was the third Annual Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara.

It is a beautiful and scenic 5K run/walk, not for the weak at heart, which takes place entirely within Fort Niagara State Park. The course is USATF-certified and features amazing views of Fort Niagara State Park; the Lower Niagara River; Lake Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada; Historic Old Fort Niagara, and the Toronto skyline.

This race draws a loyal and cheerful crowd to a mostly flat-paved course that weaves not through the historic colonial fort, but through the remains of the former Army post that was active into the 70s, and once hosted German prisoners of war.

There’s lots of mostly preserved historic architecture on that section open to the public, awesome scenery, and lots of volunteers who direct and cheer on the walkers and racers. It is worth the experience.

Previous Holiday 5Ks were completed in cold, windy, snow storms. However, the 2018 race, the weekend before Christmas, was just blustery and overcast, which just seemed to add to a very pleasant experience.

There is a post-race celebration, featuring warm food and heated tents for those not wanting to brave the cold. While there are awards for the top in the various categories and raffle prizes, what makes the race truly special is a special medal and bib unique to the fort for all finishers, and opportunities to tour the historic site.

I was a first-time participant, walking with my wife in what was officially her second 5K. While others were dressed with the intent to expedite the course, we chose an aggressive walk to experience the fort where my wife’s step-father first reported and trained during World War II. His tour of duty, that began in the same wooden huts we passed, ultimately involved the first wave of D-Day and what he used to say, walking to Germany.

We, as a couple, now look forward to returning and striving for our own personal bests.

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