By Kellen M. Quigley
If you need that extra push to get out and hit the trails or the pavement, this spring 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 for all levels and abilities to take part in this season.
Franklinville Central Central School District, North Main Street (Route 16), Franklinville. The SAPS Race WNY Maple Festival 5K, 10K and 5K Walk. Entry fee $20 for 10K or 5K runs. After April 21, cost is $25. 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 4, Allegany Adventure Run
There are three distances to choose from for these races inside Allegany State Park: 5K, 13K and 27K. Non-technical in nature, the 5K 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. Pre-register by April 27 to guarantee your t-shirt. Organizers cannot guarantee race-day shirts to those who register after this date. Proceeds help support the Allegany Nordic Ski Patrol and HEART Animal Shelters. More info is available at www.heartrateup.com.
May 11, 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 Half Marathon and 5K finishers. Organizers want participants to enjoy their run so there will be a few surprises out on course that will make the runners smile. Visit www.happyhalfrun.com for more info.
May 19, 20th Annual Crouse 5K Challenge
American Legion Post 409, 100 Legion Dr., Gowanda NY 14070. 5K, Tot sprint, 1/2 mile kids fun. Music, food, beer and awards. Visit gtownfit.weebly.com for more info.
May 21 through June 25, Dirt Devil Trail Series
Sprague Brook Park, Glenwood. Six event trail running from 3 to 3.5 miles. Your best four out of the six count toward the series awards competition. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Enter the park then follow the Dirt Devil signs to the start line for each of the trail runs. Trail runs are scheduled for May 21 and 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Awards in 10-year age groups. Helps support HEART Animal Shelters. Visit the web site to register.
June 15, 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 as well as a kids course. 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!