adventure-runAn unusual physical and mental outdoor challenge, mark your calendar for the Ellicottville Adventure Run and Hike on Sept. 28, a special event organized by the Buffalo Orienteering Club.

Whether you are a hardcore competitor or casual hiker, individual or team player, this event has the challenge you are looking for.

This run and hike will feature two different courses — one with a three-hour limit and another with a six-hour limit. Participants will depend on a detailed map and compass to find as many checkpoints as they can in the beautiful woods of McCarty Hill State Forest, Rock City State Forest and the Holiday Valley Ski Resort.

Participants can register the day of the event, but preregistration comes with lower entry fees and is highly recommended. The event will be based at the Ski Patrol Training Center at Holiday Valley, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, next to Yodeler Lodge. Starting times are 11 a.m. for the six-hour course and 1 p.m. for the three-hour course.

The Ellicottville Adventure Run and Hike is designed for both hardcore competitors, who may race for time, as well as casual family hikers. Both can participate as individuals or as teams. Food will be available.

Please email Jackie Novkov at or call (716) 903-1180 with questions. For fees and to register, visit