by Jesse Mast
For athletes and outdoors enthusiasts, there may be nothing quite like a long run or bike ride, and Ellicottville’s Fall Fest will provide opportunities to do just that. Two challenging and fun athletic events, the Fall Fest 5K Run and the Fall Fest Mountain Bike Race, will take place at Holiday Valley Oct. 12–13.
Fall Fest 5K Run
The annual Fall Fest 5K Run is set to take place Saturday, Oct. 12. A part of Fall Fest for over 10 years, this USATF-sanctioned event will begin the new Holiday Valley Lodge. Start time for the race is 10 a.m. Runners can enjoy a post-race party at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center, complete with music and prizes. To register, visit www.heartrateup.com. Race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Valley Lodge.
1 Mile Fun Walk
In addition to the 5K Run will be a 1-mile Fun Walk for those wanting to participate without the rigor of the competition. Walkers will line up behind the runners but enjoy the view at an easier pace. Walkers may also obtain event T-shirts and participate in all the fun at the post-race party.
Fall Fest Mt. Bike Race
The competition continues Sunday, Oct. 13with the annual Fall Fest Mountain Bike Race. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center and will include beginner, novice, sport and expert classes. USAC licenses are not required for this race.
Following the awards ceremony will be a post-race party at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center. Athletes may enjoy refreshments, snacks and a chance to win from a variety of door prizes.
Preregistration is encouraged, though race-day registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Valley Lodge. To register online, visit www.heartrateup.com.