|Race Name||Date||Time||Contact||More Info?|
|1.||Shamrock Run 8 Km||March 2||Noon||856-8613||Yes|
|2.||Grand Island Half Marathon||April 20||9 A.M.||816-RACE||Yes|
|3.||Nissan Buffalo Marathon||May 26||8 A.M.||694-5154||Yes|
|4.||Connors Kait Harrity Memorial 4-Mile||June 1||11 A.M.||648-6989|
|5.||Checker's Buffalo Mile||June 8||9 A.M.||692-4115||Yes|
|6.||Depew-Lancaster Boys and Girls Club 10 Km||July 4||9 A.M.||683-6755|
|7.||Suburu Buffalo 4-Mile Chase||July 20||6 P.M.||881-1652|
|8.||Buffalo Police Chase 5 Km||August 2||7 P.M.||851-4590|
|12.||Bond Lake A.C. RUT Race, European Style X-Country, 3.5 Miles||August 19||6:30 PM.|
|9.||Nickel City Road Runners Aid To Athletes 5 Km||August 30||7 P.M.||694-5154||Yes|
|10.||Linda Yalem Memorial 5 Km||September 22||10 A.M.||645-6435||Yes|
|11.||The Parkway 10 Km||October 12||11 A.M.||816-RACE||Yes|
|13.||YMCA Turkey Trot 8 Km||November 28||9 A.M.||875-1283||Yes|
What Is The Runner of the Year Series?
The "Runner of the Year" series is a grand prix style competition sponsored by the Buffalo News. To compete, runners accumulate points over the course of the year in these selected races. No special action need be taken to enter. A runner is automatically entered just by running in one of these events. There are separate divisions for men and women with both overall and age group competition. The "Runner of the Year" title will be awarded to the top overall male and female and to each age group winner. That's 26 categories in all.
Scoring is simple. For the overall contest, runners placing in the top ten of any of the races will be awarded points as follows: 10 points for first place, 9 for second place, 8 for third, 7 for fourth, 6 for fifth, 5 for sixth, 4 for seventh, 3 for eighth, 2 for ninth, and 1 point for finishing in tenth place.
For the age-group competition points are awarded as follows: 3 points for a first place finish in the age-group, 2 points for second, and 1 point for finishing third in the age-group.
In each category, the runner with the most points at the end of the year will be the Runner of the Year!
The "Runner of the Year" feature adds an exciting dimension to the selected races. Current standings are published in the Buffalo News' "Running" column from time to time and at the conclusion of the series. The "Running" column is authored by Michael Beebe, an award winning journalist, runner, and former member of the GBTC. The "Running" column can be found in the News' Sunday edition Sports section.
The "Runner of the Year" awards are usually distributed at a ceremony early in the following year.
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