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Nice morning and record turnout for Buffalo Boogie


Runners, walkers and dogs take off on the downhill start of the Buffalo Boogie 5K.

Some of the top finishers head toward the end of the 5K course.

It was just a little over 60 degrees, there was a breeze and the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge was filling up with a Buffalo Boogie record crowd as more than 1,000 registered. It was a near perfect morning for the runners and walkers, and the dogs who brought their humans to enjoy the 3.1-mile course over the course that provides a three-lined canopy most of the distance.

The race for the overall male title was waged between two teenagers, with Brian Collard, 15, of Azle zipping to the finish line to win in 17:26. Gabriel Zambrano, 16, of Fort Worth settled for second in 17:31.5 over the course that has a gradual uphill from the second mile.

Maria Martinez, 33, of Fort Worth and a frequent finisher among the top women, took the overall title by a comfortable margin as she finished in 20:20.5.

Most of the finishers were entertained by a live band and visited the many vendors and exhibits, and munched on the food after the race.

The turnout was somewhat of a pleasant surprise to race director Marsha McLaughlin, who said the previous record was about 700. "We only ordered 1,000 shirts. Usually we have a lot left over.'' But pre-registration hit 950 the week of the race.