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 21, Tortoise and the Hare 5K and Fun Run
MacKinnon Lodge, Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. 5K Race or 1 Mile Walk to benefit Earth Spirit Educational Services! Run or Walk a beautiful course through Chestnut Ridge Park. Registration includes Jaguar chip-timed bib, T-shirt, swag bag and all Earth Spirit activities. For more info, visit www.thetortoiseandthehare5k.itsyourrace.com/register/.
April 22, Laps For Limbs
St. Francis High School track, 4129 Lake Shore Rd., Athol Springs. Walk/Run/Roll event. Cover as many laps as you can in one hour (or more) to support children and veterans who are amputees. Laps are 1/4 mile. All proceeds benefit amputee children and veterans in WNY. Heat 1 at 9:10 a.m. For more info, visit www.register-this.com/?raceid=20180422LAPS.
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 11-Knox Farm Trail Run
Buffalo Orienteering Club presents the Knox Park 5 Mile Trail Run for a $10 fee. The course features a single loop dirt trail, with pizza and beverages at the post race.
May 12-Holland Tulip Festival 5K
Holland Community Center, 3 Legion Dr, Holland. Proceeds to benefit the Holland Boys & Girls Club. Awards. Post race party and door prizes. Chip timing. For more info, visit www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=9031.
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.
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!