By Tom Tarapacki
Summertime is obviously a great time to run, and many people take advantage of the warm weather to hit the road. It’s also a good time to participate in one of the many area road races. Entering a 5K race is a terrific way to enjoy a run with a bunch of other people, pick up a new t-shirt, and support a good cause. Running in a 5K is a great way to improve your overall conditioning, since trying to finish with a time time (as in the time it takes you to finish the race) adds a little incentive to your training.
5K (or 5 kilometer) runs are pretty frequent throughout the summer months in the Buffalo area. That distance translates to 3.1 miles. For most runners, it is the first competitive distance they run, although many veteran runners enjoy 5Ks as well. Unlike marathons, you don’t need to spend four months training specifically them. In addition, there’s less recovery time needed.
If you’ve been putting the mileage in, it shouldn’t be difficult for you to complete a 5K. Just be sure to wear proper shoes, drink plenty of water, and don’t to push yourself too hard.
Here are a few 5K races coming up soon in the City of Buffalo:
Saturday August 7th
Buffalo Broadcasters Association Celebrity 5k Run – Starting at 9:00 AM, this is a run through downtown Buffalo including the Erie Basin Marina and along the Erie Harbor Canal. Money raised will support the Buffalo Broadcasters Archiving Project as well as the Homeless Veterans of WNY. It’s a second annual event. Get more details at www.buffalobroadcasters.com.
Wednesday August 11th
Engineering Society’s 5K Scholarship Race – Starts in the evening, at 7:00pm. It’s held at the Small Boat Harbor on Fuhrmann Blvd. All proceeds will go to Engineering Society Scholarships. This will be the 30th annual. Register online at www.tesb.org.
Saturday August 21
First Annual Habitat Run in South Buffalo 5K Race and Fun Walk – This one starts at 9:00 a.m. at Restore South, located at 1675 South Park Ave. It’s a first annual race, going through some of the South Buffalo streets that Habitat for Humanity has worked on. Go to www.habitatbuffalo.org for more information.
Also, it’s not too early to train for a couple of longer races that are coming up: The 3rd annual Fleet Feet 15K Run Into Buffalo is a 15K being held in downtown Buffalo on Labor Day; the 115th YMCA Turkey Trot, an 8K is taking place along Delaware Avenue on Thanksgiving morning. Both are well-run races that have great post-races parties. (By the way, online registration for the Turkey Trot is now open. Registration is limited to 12,500 participants so it’s not too early to visit www.active.com to sign up.)
A great resource to find out about these upcoming local races, as well as all kinds of running information, is www.buffalorunners.com.