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WNY Running Hall adds three standouts

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

The Western New York Running Hall of Fame has announced its 11th class, bringing the total number of inductees to 44. This year’s group includes:

Lanny Doan, winner of more than 30 consecutive races in the 1970s and 1980s, including the 1982 WBEN Run for Your Life 20K. He went on to coach highly successful track and cross country teams in Virginia.

Paul Hulme, the 1995 Buffalo News Runner Of The Year and winner of the 100th annual Delaware YMCA Turkey Trot. More recently, he has been top masters runner in the Ithaca Half Marathon, Erie Half Marathon, Erie Marathon, Niagara Falls Half Marathon, and Buffalo Shamrock Run.

Nolan Swanson, the 1993 New York State high school cross country champion. He went on to earn cross country MVP honors at Wake Forest and was named to the 2004 USATF World Cross Country Team.

The inductees and members of their families will be on hand for the formal induction ceremonies following the Tom Donnelly Hall of Fame 5K on Friday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m. on Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village.

“The Western New York Running Hall of Fame was formed to recognize the outstanding achievements of area runners, coaches, and contributors,” Bill Donnelly, board of directors president and race director, said. “These three inductees certainly fit the bill and we look forward to honoring them.”

The Tom Donnelly Hall of Fame 5k is named for the local running icon who also served as race director for prestigious events such as the Buffalo Marathon and Delaware YMCA Turkey Trot. He was also president of Checkers Athletic Club and was instrumental in the founding of the Western New York Running Hall of Fame.

A USATF Championship Event

USA Track & Field recently announced that the Tom Donnelly Hall of Fame 5K will again serve as the host for the 2023 USATF Niagara Association Open and Masters 5K championship. The Open and Masters 5-kilometer championships will be run concurrently at the Hall of Fame race.

“We’re proud to be selected as the host race for this prestigious event,” Donnelly said. “Our race attracts an outstanding field each year, and we hope that all runners in the Niagara Region will come to take part in what should be a great night of running. The Tom Donnelly Hall of Fame 5K is a race for the entire Western New York running community to enjoy. It’s a fast, flat, PR-friendly course, which has proven to be very attractive to our runners.”

For information about the Western New York Running Hall of Fame and its 5K event, visit

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