By Alicia Dziak
If you need that extra push to get out and hit the trails or the pavement, this season is chock full of running opportunities for a great cause. Whether you prefer a half marathon or a fun walk, there’s something for everyone this spring!
April 14, Randolph Lions Club Glow Run
Randolph Fire Hall, 70 Main St, Randolph. For ages 10 and up. The 5K starts at the Fire Hall and loops through town. Registration starts at 7 p.m.; the run starts at 8 p.m.
April 29, SAPS Race WNY Maple Festival
Franklinville Central Central School District, 31 N. Main Street (SR 16), Franklinville. The SAPS Race WNY Maple Festival 5K, 10K, and 5K Walk. Low entry fee: only $10 (for 10K or 5K). Day of race reg is $20 and $15. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. First 50 registrants get the Maple Festival T-shirt. For more info, visit www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7011.
May 5, Allegany Adventure Run
There are three distances to choose from for these races inside Allegany State Park: 6K, 13K and 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 www.heartrateup.com.
May 12 Happy Half and 5K, Beer Mile
Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville. 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 www.happyhalfrun.com for more info.
May 13, Grinder Trail Race
Sprague Brook Park, Glenwood. 3.5-Mile Trail Run in the heavily wooded and serene trails of Sprague Brook, with a variety of trail sections. Fun post-race party featuring awards, food and drink, great door prizes and free kids race. Proceeds help support East Concord Vol. Fire Dept. For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
May 18, Kelly Tough 12K
ADPRO Sports Training facility (The Buffalo Bills Field House), 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park. 12K Race and 1.2 Km Fun Run/Walk. Cross the finish line at Jim Kelly Boulevard near Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park and enjoy a post-race celebration with food, awards, and activities for the whole family. Participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Hunter’s Hope Foundation in support of children and families affected by Krabbe and other Leukodystrophies. For more info, visit www. huntershope.org/kelly-tough/kelly-tough-12k/.
May 19, Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Parade Grounds Entrance to the Letchworth State Park, Portageville, NY. Solo and 2 or 4 person relay options. For more info, visit www.yellowjacketracing.com/races/sehgahunda-trail-marathon-relay.
June 16, Holiday Valley Mudslide
Mark your calendar for this awesome obstacle race full of laughs, muddy challenges and the famous mudslide down the Yodeler slope at the finish line! Two distances to choose from. Afterwards, enjoy the post-race party with music, food, drinks and vendors. FOr more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
With so many choices, now’s the time to start planning your route for spring. Sign up for the race or races of your choice and get ready to hit those step goals on your fitness tracker!