By Alicia Dziak
On May 3, Allegany State Park (ASP) will host the 11th annual Allegany Adventure Run. The race challenges runners to compete in a 6K, a 13K and a 22K.
The Adventure Run is organized entirely by volunteers from HeartRateUp.com/Endurance America LLC, a group that promotes healthy living through challenging outdoor events in Western New York.
An event official helping support the run described the race as “a unique and challenging race in a beautiful setting with terrific on course support makes this a sure to-do event.” He said the “wide, rolling, non-technical trails make this distance possible and quite a challenge for all.”
The race starts and finishes at the Summit Ski Area in Red House, and all courses take runners through some of ASP’s finest terrain.
The 6K starts at 10 a.m. and leads around the slightly hilly Sweetwater trail.
The 13K begins at 9:45 a.m., proceeding down Sweetwater trail, Christian Hollow and Leonard Run, and then turning back on Ridge to the finish. This demanding run features many climbs and descents.
The 22K follows Sweetwater, Christian Hollow and Leonard Run, and then leads down Ridge Run to the lower section of the Art Roscoe Trail System. Runners descend to Patterson trail and then begin the 2-mile climbing finish.
Following the race, participants can relax and have fun at the post-race party with music, food and door prizes.
Registration is $20 for the 6K, $25 for the 13K and $30 for the 22K. Pre-register at www.heartrateup.com — the first 250 entrants will receive a free T-shirt — or stop down on race day to join the fun! Proceeds will benefit Allegany Nordic Ski Patrol, HEART Animal Shelters and the Allegany State Park Trail Fund.
After the race and party, spend the rest of your Saturday enjoying spring at ASP. Visit the gift shop, relax by the lake or drive around and pick out your campsites for summer.
The Allegany Adventure Run is sure to be as exciting as its name. Don’t miss this opportunity to get some exercise, explore the park and support great causes. For more information, visit www.heartrateup.com.