|Race Name||Date||Time||Contact||More Info?|
|1.||Shamrock Run 8K||March 7||12 Noon||716-856-8613||Yes|
|2.||Shoes For The Shelter 5K||March 29||12 Noon||716-888-2977||Yes|
|3.||GBTC Half Marathon||May 2||10:00 AM||716-308-9671|
|4.||St. Gregory the Great Great Race 5K||June 19||7:00 PM||716-634-0961||Yes|
|5.||Depew-Lancaster Boys and Girls Club 10K||July 4||9:00 AM||716-683-6755|
|6.||Subaru Buffalo 4-Mile Chase||July 17||7:00 PM||716-881-1652||Yes|
|7.||Ronald McDonald House 5K||July 29||6:30 PM||716-725-4968||Yes|
|8.||Checker's Mile||August 29||9:00 AM||716-912-9800||Yes|
|9.||Fleet Feet Run Into Buffalo 15K||September 7||9:00 AM||716-332-3501||Yes|
|10.||Linda Yalem Safety Run 5K||September 27||9:30 AM||716-645-2055||Yes|
|11.||Bob Ivory Run 5K||November 1||9:00 AM||716-270-4113||Yes|
|12.||YMCA Turkey Trot 8K||November 26||9:00 AM||716-875-0457||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 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.
Scoring is simple. For the overall contest, runners placing in the top ten of any of the races will be awarded points as follows: 12 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!
A rule implemented stating in 2006 states that no runner will be eligible for an award unless he/she has completed a minimum of 2 Runner of the Year races.
The "Runner of the Year" feature adds an exciting dimension to the selected races. Current standings are published here continuously at BuffaloRunners.com and periodically in the Buffalo News Running column. The Runner of the Year Series was created by 'News writer Michael Beebe. Today, 'News editor Budd Bailey is the cheif arbiter of the series. Bailey has also succeeded Beebe as the Buffalo News running columnist. The Running column can be found in the News' Sunday edition Sports section.
The "Runner of the Year" awards are usually distributed early the following year.
|Year||Mens Champion||Womens Champion|
|2008||Mike Heitzenrater||Aileen Hoak|
|2007||David O'Keeffe||Allison Carr|
|2006||John Flor||Elizabeth Schultz|
|2005||Matt Glynn||Allison Carr|
|2004||Mike Heitzenrater||Allison Carr|
|2003||Mike Heitzenrater||Allison Carr|
|2002||Mike Heitzenrater||Sue Munson|
|2001||Mike Heitzenrater||Judy Sparks Arlington|
|2000||Jim Dunlop||Brenda Litzinger|
|1999||Jim Dunlop||Bridget Niland-Gwitt|
|1998||Derek White||Maggie Whelehan|
|1997||Scott Peiser||Kristen Schiesswohl|
|1996||Jim Dunlop||Becky Heuer|
|1995||Paul Hulme|| Joanne McKinley-Molodynia
|1994||Bob Williams||Joanne McKinley-Molodynia|
|1993||Paul Hulme||Cindy White|
|1992||Mark Andrews||Heather Whalen|
|1991||Dan Garrett||Jacqueline Murzynowski|
|1990||David O'Keeffe||Jacqueline Murzynowski|
|1989||Charlie McMullen||Deb Froehlich|
|1988||Matt Hellerer||Deb Froehlich|
|1987||David O'Keeffe||Deb Froehlich|
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