By Alicia Dziak

Runners of all ages and abilities are gearing up for the spring race season. Whether you like a serious half marathon or prefer a shorter route with surprises along the way, whether you prefer to hit the pavement or hit the trails, the Ellicottville area has something for everyone this time of year. Read on to hear about some of the area runs going on in April and May.

April 22, Tortoise and the Hare 5K and Fun Run

Sign up for this family event in Chestnut Ridge Park to benefit Earth Spirit Education. Run the 5K or walk in the park on a 1-mile course. Registration is $30 ($35 after April 1) for adults and $20 ($25 after April 1) for children/students ages 17 and under. Children 6 and under are free. Registration includes race and Jaguar chip bib, T-shirt and swag bag, and all Earth Spirit activities.

April 30,

SAPS Race WNY Maple Festival

During Franklinville’s annual Maple Festival, burn off some of those calories in this 10K, 5K and walk. Entry fee is only $10 (for 10K or 5K), $5 for the walk. Day of race registration is $20 and $15. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. First 100 registrants get the Maple Festival T-shirt. Register at

May 6,

Allegany Adventure Run

There are three distances to choose from for these races inside Allegany State Park: 6K, 13K & 27K. Non-technical in nature, the 6K and 13K courses equally pack a punch. The 27K course is the grandaddy that features a 3-mile section of single track and the memorable 2-mile climbing finish back to the summit. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 who register. Race-day registration welcome. Proceeds help support the Allegany Nordic Ski Patrol and HEART Animal Shelters. More info is available at

May 13 Happy Half and 5K, Beer Mile

Welcome this fun race back to Ellicottville, brought to you y the same folks who put on the EVL Half and 5K in October. This day will feature a Half Marathon, 5K, and a Beer Mile for those with iron stomachs, all starting and finishing at Holiday Valley. Score a custom-designed medals as well as men’s and women’s specific shirts for both 1/2 Marathon and 5k finishers. Visit for info.

May 14,

Grinder Trail Race

The 2017 Grinder Trail Race takes place at beautiful and challenging Sprague Brook Park once again proving spring training is going to show! Runners gear up for this wild and wicked 3.5-miler through park trails including single track, grass sections, creek crossing and hills. T-shirts go to the first 150 or those registered by May 5. guaranteed. The 2017 Grinder helps support HEART Animal Shelters and the East Concord Vol. Fire Dept. Register at

May 23

June 27, Dirt Devil Series

Six individual trail running races taking place at Sprague Brook Park on Tuesday evenings (May 23 and 20, June 6, 13, 20 and 27). Race in four events to count towards the series points or race as few as you like just for kicks-everyone is welcome. Post-race celebration at the Colden Country Inn just down the street in Colden after each event featuring food and beverage specials for participants.

The Dirt Devil Series helps support HEART Animal Shelters of WNY. For more info, visit

Put some spring in your step this April and May and sign up for the race or races of your choice­—you won’t regret it!