By Alicia Dziak

Ready to race, pace and run your way to fun this October? On Saturday, Oct. 28, the EVL Half and 5K makes its way to Ellicottville for the fourth year, and promises to be filled with spook, laughs and memories!

“We know that a Half Marathon is not an easy task and we work very hard on try to make it as organized as possible so that we can provide a safe,  and fun experience for our athletes,” said Gwen Bush of Endurance Factor LLC, who organizes the race. “We try to give them creative and cool medals and tee shirts. We hope that our after party is fun and a good celebration for a the accomplishment of running a race!”

All participants receive custom-designed medals, as well as men’s and women’s shirts. Veteran runners and those in the know expect only the coolest designs for both the medals and the shirts. “It is a process that starts in the beginning of the year,” explained Bush. “I first have to find the Evl Creature for the year and then I come up with a sketch or image.  I work with my Medal team at Ashworth Awards who take my idea and turn it into medal!  As for the T-shirts, they are Patra Lowes originals. She is amazing!”

Both the half marathon (11 a.m. start) and the 5K (11:15 a.m. start) begin and end in the heart of town at 5 Monroe Street. While the course remains the same as in years past, Bush noted that “we always try to add a little something to the race each year to make it more fun for our athletes.”

The scenery gives competitors something to look at along the way, and add in an array of cool, scary and just plain fun costumes (who doesn’t like to run along Dr. Suess characters or Batman?), and you’ve got yourself a memorable race and a great way to enjoy fall, Ellicottville-style.

Enjoy a fun-filled after-party at Ellicottville Brewing Company with craft beer and many wonderful giveaway prizes from area businesses.  Awards will be given in a variety of age gorups. In addition, costume awards will be given for Best Group (two or more people), Best individual, Funniest, Scariest, Most Girly, Best Kid and Best in Show.

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t wait! The EVL Half and 5K usually sell out before race day. Grab your friends, plan your costume and get ready to RUN!  For more info, visit www.evlhalf.com.