By Alicia Dziak
On your mark, get set, go! The fall race season is just getting started and now’s the time to sign up!
Right here in Ellicottville, you have your pick.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Annual Fall Festival 5K Run kicks off at 9:30 a.m. from Holiday Valley, when runners take to the local streets on this fun, challenging and climbing finish course. A fun post-race party takes place at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center with light lunch, beverages and great door prizes. The race helps support HEART Animal Shelters and the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol. Toe register or for more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
The following day, on Oct. 8, the Fall Festival Mountain Bike race takes over the mountain at Holiday Valley. Bikers will navigate the 4.7-mile course with challenging climbs and downhills, combined with amazing single-track sections. Compete for the door-prize pool and awards ceremony, which recognizes the top three finishers in several age groups and classes. The races start promptly at 10 a.m. at Holiday Valley’s Mountain Sports Center For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, the EVL Halloween Half and 5K makes its return to the village. Running in the EVL Half Marathon will take you on 13.1 miles of beautiful countryside roads. The Half will start at 11 a.m. on Monroe Street. Hoping to run but want to et to that after party sooner? Sign up for the 5K instead. Participants will get the always-awesome custom t-shirt. Of course, this is in celebration of Halloween, so don’t be shy and plan on wearing a costume. Awards by will be given to the best costumes for the following categories: Best Group – Two or more people, Best individual, Funniest, Scariest, Most Girly, Best Kid and Best in Show. Pricing goes up after Oct. 1 so don’t wait to sign up! To register and for more info, visit www.evlhalf.com.
If you’re looking for other area races to get you prepped for October, you’re in luck!
On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Bemus Point Community Race takes place at 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. This is a community race open to all.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, check out 8 In The Rough Trail Run, which starts at Sprague Brook Park’s casino. This 8.7 Mile trail run features challenging terrain, single track and park trails. Amazing door prizes, post race party, camping and lunch round out the event, with proceeds helping support HEART Animal Shelter. Pre-register at www.heartrateup.com. Race-day registration is also welcome.
On Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m., join the Queen City Architecture Run at Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 East Huron Street in Buffalo. This 3.5 mile run celebrates the City of Buffalo and its architecture. Proceeds will go to sponsor local architectural events and scholarships, with the after-party and awards at Big Ditch Brewing immediately following the race. For more info, visit www.aiabuffalowny.org.
Also on Sept. 16 is The 2017 Mighty Niagara Half Marathon. The course heads alongside the Niagara River, through the historic villages of Lewiston and Youngstown, by the French Castle, the lighthouse and Historic Old Fort Niagara’s compound, Fort Niagara State Park. Running by the beach, you’re enjoying the views of Lake Ontario and the live entertainment at every mile as you continue on to Four Mile State Park, across the finish line at Porter-on-the-Lake Park. For more info, visit www.mightyniagarahalfmarathon.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 17, at 11:30 a.m., the 26th Annual Shea’s 5K Run will take place at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main Street in Buffalo. With registration at Theatre Place, next to Shea’s Performing Arts Center, this 5K meanders through downtown and includes a fabulous post-race party for all participants. For more info, visit www.sheas.org.
For something a little different, sign up for the Blacklight Run on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, 225 Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo. According to the race website, this race challenges competitors to “Wear a white shirt … (and) you will finish covered in Blacklight Run™ UV Liquid Glow, that will glow in our Blacklight Zones™ and at the Blacklight Run After Party™. By the end, you will look like you fell into a Ghost Buster’s movie (minus the slime) and covered with different colored Blacklight Run™ UV Liquid Glow.” For more info, visit www.active.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Sep 24, sign up for the Bemus Point 15K. This fun and different distance will get you ready for any 1/2 marathon part of the Chautauqua Striders runner of the year series. Find more info at runsignup.com/Race/NY/BemusPoint/BemusPoint15K.
On Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m., end the month with Rally At Three Valley Trail Races, a 6K, 10K and 20K at Three Valley Campground, 9766 Olean Rd Route 16 in Holland, NY. For more info, visit www.buffaloocr.com.
With so many races to choose from this month and next, the hardest part wil be choosing which ones to do. Pump yourself up and sign up now—the finish line is calling!