Runner of the Year Series Announced

BUFFALO (February 4, 2001) - The eagerly awaited schedule for this year's Buffalo News "Runner of the Year" series was revealed today in Michael Beebe's "Running" column. There are 13 races in all starting with the Shamrock Run in March and culminating with the YMCA Turkey Trot in November.

The "Runner of the Year" series is a grand prix style competition where runners can 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 two categories: overall and age group. 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.

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.

2001 Buffalo News Runner of the Year Races

Race Name Date Time Contact More Info?
1. Shamrock Run 8 Km March 3 Noon 856-8613  
2. Grand Island Half Marathon April 21 9 A.M. 816-RACE Yes
3. Buffalo Erie Buick Marathon May 27 8 A.M. 694-5154 Yes
4. Connors Kait Harrity Memorial 4-Mile June 2 11 A.M. 648-6989  
5. Checker's Buffalo Mile June 9 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 21 6 P.M.881-1652  
8. Buffalo Police Chase 5 Km August 3 7 P.M. 851-4590  
9. Nickel City Road Runners Aid To Athletes 5 Km August 31 7 P.M. 694-5154Yes
10. Linda Yalem Memorial 5 Km September 23 10 A.M. 645-6435Yes
11. The Parkway 10 Km October 13 11 A.M. 816-RACE Yes
12. Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic 5 Km October 27 10 A.M.282-1228  
13. YMCA Turkey Trot 8 Km November 22 9 A.M.875-1283 Yes

Table Last Updated Tuesday March 27, 2001