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Buffalo Marathon Director John Beihsline Dies

John Beishline, a major figure in road racing around Buffalo has died at 85 years old.

From the Buffalo Marathon, here's the announcement of Beishline's death:
John Beishline, a prominent figure in Western New York’s running community, passed away on Dec. 10.
Beishline helped resurrect the Buffalo Marathon in 2000, and as race director, saw the race grow in terms of registered participants each year. Under his leadership, the Buffalo Marathon grew to nearly 6,000 participants in 2013, with that number poised to continue growing for 2014.

“John was a tireless individual whose dedication to running and managing local runs has touched thousands of runners across not only Western New York, but also runners around the world who’ve taken part in his races,” said Tom Donnelly, the Buffalo Marathon’s interim race director. “He was a friend and teacher to individuals in our running community, and his impact will not be forgotten,” he added.

Beishline served with and operated Western New York Finish Line Services for more than 30 years and provided timing for more than 85 races per year. He also served as a race consultant to new races for more than 25 years for free, and was a certified race official for road races.

Among Beishline’s many other contributions to the running community were serving as the marathon race director when the World University Games was held in Buffalo in 1993, as the race director for the World Veterans Games, as the race director for the Engineering Run for 27 years, and organizing the Bullfeathers/Nickel City Run in 1989. He was also the president of USATF (USA Track and Field) Niagara Region from 1991 – 1996.

Highlights from Beishline’s running career include participating in local, sectional, national, and international races, and completing the Boston Marathon in 3:20.

A wake for Beishline will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at Amigone Funeral Home (2600 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda) from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m., and his funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (3143 Eggert Road, Tonawanda).



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