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We are excited to announce a new event for this year, The Enchanted Mountains Half Marathon & 5k!
With so many races cancelled for 2021 and runners excited to get back to running in person events we found a great course that does not utilize public streets while still being a much easier course than a trail type event. The course utilizes a railway bed converted to the Pat McGee Trail and is flat and fast, only 125 feet of elevation gain for the entire Half Marathon!
Over the last few months we have worked with local authorities to put together a plan that will all for a safe and fun event for runners, the community, and race staff. Instead of a mass start for both the Half Marathon and 5k, we will have starting waves to limit the size of groups and allow for additional space at the start/finish line, on course, and in the Village and Towns of Little Valley and New Albion on the Pat McGee Trail.
The Pat Mcgee trail is a rails to trails path that traverses scenic Cattaraugus County in the Towns and Villages of Little Valley and New Albion. Cattaraugus County is refered to as The Enchanted Mountains and we think you will agree. While the title of the race has Mountain in it, this a gently rolling off road gravel trail. A mountain run it is not, perfect for an early summer run!
During registration you will be required to enter your estimated finish time. Start waves will be assigned based on estimated finish times to minimize overlapping runners and passing. Please be as accurate as possible with your estimated finish time as it is vital that we keep people separated in order to hold the event. We will be verifying finish times with other events in the region.
Additionally, there will be a limit on total entries to give everyone lots of running space.
We were working with Ellicottville Brewing Company to hold the running event to coincide with the grand opening of their new facility in Little Valley. Unfortunately due to delays caused by the pandemic the grand open for EBC has been delayed for a year. But we decided to go forward with the race, think of this as a preview to the new EBC facility.
Custom, super soft race T-shirt
Cool one of kind finishers medals for both the 5k and Half Marathon (Stay tuned for Medal design!)
After race recovery food
Full supported aid stations
Free and easy parking close to start/finish
With increases in outdoor gathering sizes we are able to have single starts for the both the 5k and Half Marathon.
During registration you will be required to enter your estimated finish time. Please be as accurate as possible with your estimated finish time as it is vital that we keep people separated in order to hold the event. We will be verifying finish times with other events in the region.
Half Marathon start time - 7:30 am*
5k start time - 11:00 am*
*Wave start times might have to be adjusted slightly based on number of entries.
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.
Flat and Fast... Even though the name of the race is The Enchanted Mountains Half, this is a flat course.
Both the Half Marathon & 5k courses are on the Pat McGee trail which is a convert rails to trails. The surface is a highly compacted gravel and great for running. No need for trail shoes as your regular road running shoes will work great!
Being that that the trail is an old railway bed it is very flat, roughly only 125 feet of total elevation gain for the Half Marathon!!
One of the great things about having our event in Little Valley are the great attractions close by. Allegheny State Park, Holiday Valley resort with their adventure park and great golf course is only 6 miles away.
Why not make a weekend of it!
Holiday Valley will be offering a discounted room rates and condos for both Friday & Saturday night.
Please use the link HERE to book rooms.
Please click the "Find A Participant" menu on the left side of this page. There will also be the option to resend your registration confirmation email.
Yes!! Because this course is entirely on private property we are not dependent on permits and approvals from government agencies. We will be following all federal guidelines, state executive orders, and local municipality's requirements for COVID-19 safety in regards to gathering sizes, sanitation, personal spacing, and reporting.
Yes, you can change from the Half Marathon to the 5k or vice versa. To change from the 5k to Half you have to pay for the difference in entry fee. There is no refund in entry fee for those wishing to change from the Half Marathon to 5k.
Please click HERE for more information on how to change races.
After 6/20, please send change request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, you can defer your race entry to next year's event, the deadline for deferral is June 1st. We allow for one year deferral. Please click HERE for instructions on how to defer your entry.
Yes you can transfer an entry to someone else until June 15th free of charge. Please click HERE for instructions on how to transfer entry.
Our event is governed USA Track & Field rules which does not allow strollers. Unfortunately the insurance provided by USATF does not allow for strollers at our event. Additionally, the course is an out and back and not suitable for a stroller.
First over all M & W for 5k & Half Marathon
Top three M & W for the following age groups:
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Our number one priority is offering a safe event and we will be following guidelines put forth by USA Track & Field, the CDC, and New State Department of Health. Because of this we require all participants to agree to the following requirements. As part of our safety plan, all participants will have to agree to the requirements listed below during registration.
By instituting and enforcing these requirements we are confident of holding a safe event as these were used with the EVL Half with great success.