By Alicia Dziak

If your competitive side is calling, why not answer it by signing up for a race or two this July? Whether you prefer to hit the pavement or the trail, there’s something for everyone.

On Saturday, July 1, head to Tommy’s Run 5K at Yates Park in Orchard Park for a 5K Race/1 mile walk/fun run. The event includes post-race food and refreshments, door prizes and race t-shirts. Race day registration is available 8 to 9:30 a.m. Register online at

On Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m., get over the hump at the Hump Day Mile, starting near the Roycroft Inn at 40 S Grove Street in East Aurora. Registration opens at 6 p.m. , with the men’s race at 7 p.m. and the women’s race at 7:15 p.m. The race is sponsored by Aurora Races to Benefit Area Youth Running Programs. More info at

On Saturday, July 15, check out the Finn McCool 4 Mile Odyssey at South Buffalo’s Cazenovia Park. Competitors traverse a 4-mile adventure run while navigating over, under and through obstacles including a climbing wall, cargo net, monkey bars, hay bales, slip ’n slides, mud crawl and many more – until the finish line is crossed and the party with Finn begins! 1st wave starts at 9 a.m., and the 9:30 wave is the only chip timed and competitive wave. Visit for more info.

Also on July 15 is the Insane Inflatable 5K at Knox Farm in East Aurora. In the Insane Inflatable 5K, a towering, albeit bouncy, staircase looks down on runners—and that’s just the first obstacle. After clambering up one side and sliding down the other, contestants face a series of difficult grownup bounce houses with intimidatingly cute names. In Tangled Up, for example, a bramble of tubes catches runners in a rubbery maze. Likewise, S.O.S. has a 2.5-story pile of slides that leaves one feeling dizzy and disoriented. The whole thing climaxes at the Finish Line, which features rubber wrecking balls, a human pinball machine of colorful bumpers, and a rope ladder. Afterward, everyone gets to head to the Insane Midway to enjoy carnival games, live DJ performances, and food and beverages. For info, visit

On Sunday, July 16 at 10 a.m., the Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K will take place at Coca Cola Field, 275 Washington Street in Buffalo. The race benefits the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY in remembrance of Jimmy Griffin. Race and 1 mile walk registration includes Buffalo Bisons Ticket vs. Scranton/WB, 1:05 baseball game, Commemorative T-shirt (for the first 500 registrants), Jaguar Chip-Timed Bib provided by ITS Buffalo Time, post-race party with lunch, beer and beverages and swag bag. Visit for more info.

On Sunday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m. the EVL-9 and EVL-4 Trail Runs return to Ellicottville. Choose from 9.7 or 4.2 mile courses on the trails in and around Holiday Valley, with 100 percent of the course being off-road trails, including ski area access roads, single track trails and tight-twisty downhills throughout Holiday Valley and state lands. These races are part of the Eastern Grip Trail Running Series, and help support the Heart Animal Shelter. For more info, visit

On Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m., the Springville Stampede makes its way back to SGI High School, 290 North Buffalo Street in Springville. The 5K race / walk includes food and prizes, and benefits the SGI cross country team. Visit for more info.

Get your race on this July and cross that finish line!