By Alicia Dziak
So many races, so little time! If crossing that finish line is high on your priority list this June, you’ll have opportunities galore. Read on to see how you can put all that training to good use!
Ready to get muddy? Saturday, June 17 is the sixth annual Holiday Valley Mudslide. Head over, under and through 11 obstacles, but nothing terrifying, which means no fire, barbed wire or the possibility of electric shock. Choose the 3.5 or 5.4 mile courses, both of which start by Spruce Lake (you even get a chairlift ride to the top! and end with the famous mudslide down the bottom of the Yodeler slope. An awesome after-party will feature food, drinks, music and awards. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jim Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to giving hope through education and awareness, research, and family care for Krabbe, Leukodystrophies, and Newborn Screening. For more info and to sign up, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
If you’re dreaming of a weekly trail run, join the fun at Sprague Brook Park for the Dirt Devil Series. Races will be held Tuesday evenings through June 27. Race in four events to count toward the series points or race as few as you like just for kicks-everyone is welcome. Registration each night starts at 5:30 p.m. at the XC ski hut (follow Dirt Devil signs once inside park). Each race starts at 6:30 p.m. and features 3 to 3.5 mile trail running courses on park trails that include single track, XC ski trails and hiking paths. The races are 100 percent off-road with no pavement. Enjoy a post-race celebration at the Colden Country Inn just down the street in Colden after each event, featuring food and beverage specials for participants. At each event, a few door prizes will be given out randomly as well. The Dirt Devil Series helps support HEART Animal Shelters of WNY. More info and registration is available at www.heartrateup.com. Runners can also sign up race days.
On June 10, sign up for the 5K fun run/walk to benefit The Elisa B. Hughey Scholarship for the Arts. Start/Finish is near the Gazebo in the heart of the Village of Ellicottville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. (FREE) – donations for the scholarship fund will be gladly accepted! For more information on the scholarship, go to www.elisahugheyscholarship.com.
There are plenty more to choose from! Here is a sampling: Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m. Run The ‘Burg For Autism, Hamburg — J.P. Fitzgerald’s, 4236 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. USATF certified 5K, winds through the streets of the Village of Hamburg. Free dry-fit style race shirt to first 1500 registrants. Free event parking at Erie County Fairgrounds, Clark Street entrance. Post-race party at JP Fitzgerald’s with beer, drinks, live music bc by Five To One and a supervised kid’s zone. Food available for purchase. www.runtheburg.org.
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m., Susan G. Komen WNY Race For The Cure 5K, Buffalo—Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, Buffalo NY 14203. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. at Buffalo RiverWorks. www.komenwny.org.
Sunday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., Erie County 4-H 5K Run/Walk 5K, Como Park, Lancaster. Organized by and for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H. Annual Chicken-Que from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. (or until sold out) with drive through available. Walk will be 1 mile, Run will be 3.1 miles. www.erie.cce.cornell.edu.
Thursday, Jun 15, 6:30 p.m., Knox Farm Trail Run, 5K or 10K, East Aurora, Knox Farm State Park. Buffalo Orienteering Club presents the Knox Park5K or 10K Trail Run. $10 fee. Single loop dirt trail. Pizza and beverages at the post race. www.buffalo-orienteering.org.
Thursday, Jun 15, 6:45 p.m., Buffalo J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, Delaware Park, Buffalo. Race start is Amherst St between Colvin Nottingham Terr. You must register in advance as part of a corporate team before or on June 7 – see website for details. Huge tent party. Largest participatory event in the region – over 10,000 runners expected. www.jpmorganchasecc.com.
Saturday, Jun 17, 9 a.m., Muddy Buffalo Obstacle Course Run. Fun and challenging 10k and 5K obstacle course races in the hills of Buffalo Ski Club. The 10k course will offer approximately 30 natural and man made obstacles. The 5K has 15 obstacles. Elite, Competitive, and Open divisions. Enter as team(select OPEN) or individual. Waves start at 9 a.m. www.runsignup.com/Race/NY/Colden/MUDDYBUFFALO.
Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m., Trooper Brinkerhoff 5K, Boston, Boston Town Park, NY. Packet pickup on Friday, June 16th. Day-of-race registration and chip pick-up begins at 8 a.m. Kid’s Run starts at 9:30 a.m, races/walk at 10 a.m. and post race events to follow: food, drink, music, prizes and beer. www.trooperbrinkerhoff.com.
Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m., Boys on the Right Track Spring 5k Run/Walk Celebrating the Legacy of Joshua Kuebler 5K, Hamburg. Beach to beach certified 5K. Post race party at Hamburg Beach. This year’s run is in honor of Joshua Kuebler, a local boy whose life was tragically cut short in a hiking accident. Benefitting the Frontier HS Black and Blue Booster Club and its efforts to build a new sports complex at the High School. www.boysontherighttrack.com.
Sunday, June 18, 9 a.m. , Father’s Day 5K, Delaware Park, Buffalo NY. It’s a race! It’s a Pancake breakfast! It’s a Family event. Registration at 7:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m., Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. www.eclipsemultisport.com.
Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m., 50 Yard Finish 5K 5K, Kids 1-Mile Run, New Era Field (Home of the Buffalo Bills), 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park, NY. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. with a children’s fun mile to follow. The finish will be displayed on the stadium’s HD videoboard as the runners cross the 50 yard line on the home turf of the Buffalo Bills. Postrace party on the field. The first 1200 participants will receive a race shirt and a special memento from the race. www.runsignup.com.
June 17 and 18 is the annual Raccoon Rally at Allegany State Park. This competition featuring road races on Saturday and trail races on Sunday, draws participants from several surrounding states. Saturday’s Gran Fondo Road Race/Tour kicks off the weekend on the rolling hills surrounding Allegany State Park with the first group rolling out at 9 a.m. Starting down near Red House Lake several groups complete 25, 50 or 75-mile courses around the Park’s 25-mile loop of rolling hills and serene backdrops. New for 2017 is the 3-lap course for category racers and teams that are out to get the most of their training. The 2-lap event is equally as challenging promising all that your quads can dish out. The 1-lap event is perfect for any rider or family looking to test their abilities. There will be a post-event picnic at the park’s Beehunter Shelter.
Sunday’s Cross Country Mountain Bike Race starts and finishes at the Summit area in Red House at 10 a.m., utilizing most of the Art Roscoe Trail System and Thunder Run Singletrack. Novice, Beginner, Sport and Expert classes battle it out for awards and prizes in several age groups and skill levels. Free Kids Races round out the Sunday action. For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
On Wednesday evenings through June 28, the Campus Series mountain bike races will be held at Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, NY. Now in its sixth year, the race series is organized and run by Singletrackracing.com and Campus Wheelworks, with the WNYMBA offering trail support and maintenance. The course begins and ends in the same spot, which is near shelters 5 and 6 inside the park and is open to competitors of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit Facebook.com/singletrackracing or on the web at www.singletrackracing.com.