Grab some friends, pick out your costumes and get ready to run!

The EVL Half Marathon is known as one of the most entertaining races of the year. Besides enjoying the beautiful countryside roads of Ellicottville, you’ll be running in the company of folks who are out to win some serious prizes for best costumes!

The EVL Half and the 5K begin and end at 5 Monroe Street in the charming Village of Ellicottville.  Running in the EVL Half Marathon will take you on 13.1 miles of beautiful countryside roads.

For the top runners, prizes include custom designed medals, as well as men’s and women’s shirts for the top Half Marathon and 5k finishers in a variety of age groups and categories.

But bragging rights might just last a bit longer for those who win for the best costumes as judged by Watson’s Chocolates in the following categories:  best group  (two or more people), best individual, funniest, scariest, most girly, best kid and Best in Show.

Participants can pick up their packets on Friday, Oct. 23 from 4:30-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 7-10:20 a.m. at Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC).

The EVL Half Marathon starts at 11 a.m. at 5 Monroe St., followed by the EVL 5K at 11:15 a.m.

Awards for the 5K take place back at EBC at 12:30 p.m. The Watson’s Chocolate Costume Contest Awards begin at 2:15 p.m. and are followed by the EVL Half awards at 2:30 p.m.

Registration for the event is filling up quickly. The pre-registration rate for the Half Marathon of $80 is valid until Thursday, Oct. 22. Advance registration for the 5K is $40.

Onsite registration on Oct. 23 and 24, if space is still available, is $100 for the Marathon; $45 for the 5K.

If you’re going to turn the race occasion into a full weekend in Ellicottville, be sure to arrive in time for the Open House at Core Performance Fitness & Training on Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at its new location at 55 Bristol Lane (off Fillmore Rd in the Ellicottville Square complex). You’ll be able to jump in on a Zumba demo, take part in some circuit training, grab some goodie bags and get some great deals and discounts.

Healthy snacks and samples will be provided by Wholesome Hideaway both at the gym and at the shop next door.

For more information and to register for either race, visit www.evlhalf.com.