By Rebecca LaBorde
Each year, summertime in the Enchanted Mountains comes alive with an abundance of outdoor fun for adults as well as the entire family. Whether you like to run, ride horses or mountain bikes, or paddle a canoe or kayak, the area offers many challenging options for a variety of ability levels. Listed in date order, check out these events and start planning your training program today.
Allegany State Park is hosting the Allegany Adventure Run (AAR) throughout the Art Roscoe Trail System on May 5. The cloverleaf pattern of intersecting trails features climbs and descents that test every level of trail runner. The three races are 22K, 13K and 6K runs and are divided into seven age brackets. Choose the course that best fits your fitness level. Races start at the Brown Gate at 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. If you haven’t preregistered, the costs of the runs are $25 for the 6K, $30 for the 13K and $35 for the 22K. The AAR post-race fun includes the Moonwalk Race and amazing door prizes from sponsors. Trophies and awards are given for Overall Male and Female, and Masters Male and Female for each distance. AAR medals will be given three deep and t-shirts are given to the first 200 people who register. Lunch, snacks and refreshments are also included in the post-race party. More information at www.heartrateup.com.
Not a runner, join volunteers on I Love My Park Day at the park’s Red House Area. Register at the Administration Building and help from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers will help with weeding, cleaning and picking up the park. Call (716) 354-9101, ext. 223 for more information.
Also on May 5, The Crosspatch ranch will be hosting their annual Trail Ride for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. This fundraiser is held the first Saturday in May every year and it happens rain or shine. The ride lasts over an hour and they request a $20 donation that includes the ride and lunch. Registration is at 9 a.m. and riders leave at 10 a.m.
Great Valley’s 37th annual Firemen’s Regatta takes place on May 5 as well. Anything that floats can race in the 14-mile regatta. The event is closed to registration.
Along with a slew of other weekend festivities, one of the highlights of Gowanda’s Zoar Valley Fest is the 13th annual Crouse 5K Run on May 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. More details are available at www.buffalorunners.com.
On May 12, stay in shape while supporting Randolph Central School’s Drama Club at the Save the Drama for Mama 5K run/walk. The race starts at 10 a.m. at Weeden Road Park in Randolph. Day-of registration is $15 for students and $20 for adults. Hotdogs, fruit, snacks and loads of water will be available after the race for participants and supporters.
The first annual Mudslide obstacle run, including a kids’ run, will take place on June 16 on the trails of Holiday Valley. Pre-registration is available until May 30. Create your own team for added spirit. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the most creative. Visit www.active.com for event details.
Also held on the Art Roscoe Trails of Allegany State Park, the Raccoon Rally, a fun-filled cycling festival weekend on June 30 – July 1, offers wild and challenging courses for all ages and skill levels including a road race, trials, downhill events and a cross-country race.
So whether you want to run, ride or paddle, plan to participate in one of these fun adventures in the great outdoors.