By Kellen M. Quigley

In no time at all the snow will begin to melt and winter sports season in Ellicottville will be over, but don’t fret, as it’s also a place to enjoy outdoor activities all year long.

As the temps continue to rise this spring, the warm, sunny weather will be the perfect backdrop for two annual races coming to Holiday Valley.

On Saturday, May 11, the Happy Half makes its way to Ellicottville once again with the goal to put a smile on each and every face.

The race organizers, who also run the EVL Half and 5K in the fall, emphasize that they want to help put the fun into running.

“Sometimes it is not just about the distance, it is how you get there and what you do after the event,” organizers posted on the Facebook event for the race.

The course will feature fun distractions, and at the end, everyone will enjoy entertainment, great food and beer as part of a great party at Holiday Valley.

The day’s schedule will feature a Half Marathon, 5K and a Beer Mile for those with iron stomachs. The rolling course heads north through scenic, lightly traveled, rural roads that offer fast times and a great atmosphere.

Intersections will be controlled by the local police and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department to ensure a safe experience for all participants. A coned lane will be established and runners should remain within that lane.

Make sure to bring your smiles to run the miles!

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BUT THE FUN and races don’t stop there!

Do you like challenging obstacles and muds? On Saturday, June 15, the Holiday Valley Mudslide returns for its eighth year.

Choose from the 3.5- or 5.4-mile courses, that both start by Spruce Lake — you even get to ride the chairlift up — and end with the famous mudslide down the bottom of Yodeler.

In between, racers make their way under, over and through a variety of more than a dozen awesome obstacles, most of which are designed to produce extra muddy results. Don’t worry, there’s no fire, no barbed wire and no electric shocks!

Afterward, enjoy a post-race party on the Champagne Sundeck, complete with a variety of food and drinks, music and awards.

The Kids’ MiniMudslide course is a half-mile long and will include several obstacles plus the mudslide. Start and finish are both at the Training Center. The miniMudslide takes place at approximately 1:30 p.m. Register your child under the Yodeler Deck for $10.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jim Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to giving hope through education and awareness, research, and family care for Krabbe, Leukodystrophies and Newborn Screening.

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