A Rip Roarin’ Slippery Slidin’ Obstacle Jumpin’ Trail Runnin’ Event
April 30th, 2012, Ellicottville, NY . . . Holiday Valley Resort is hosting the first annual Mudslide Obstacle Race on June 16th. This off-road run takes place on the Holiday Valley ski trails where participants must navigate eight obstacles along the very muddy 3.5 mile or 5.4 mile courses. The number one goal of the event is to have fun and people of all ages and varying fitness levels are encouraged to join in.
Race packet pickup is Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Tamarack or Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The event will start at 11a.m. at Spruce Lake. A ride to the start on the Spruce Lake chairlift is included in the entry fee. Spectators may ride up the lift for $5. The 3.5 mile course travels east across the cross country trails to the top of Eagle, down Woodstock, across Explorer to Morning Star then through the woods and across Mardi Gras, down Holiday Run to Edelweiss to the finish at the Training Center. The short course elevation has a downhill drop of 600 feet. The 5.4 mile course adds a loop from Eagle across to Cindy’s, down Bear Cub and then a challenging uphill to Explorer where it joins back into the short course. Eight obstacles will be placed along the trail including a log pile, a “slalom” course, a maze and the final challenge is a giant mud slide down lower Yodeler. Medals will be awarded to all finishers. Prizes will be awarded at the post race party on the Champagne Sundeck to the overall three fastest males and females as well as the most creative costumes. Muddy runners can shower under the snowguns on Yodeler and changing facilities will be available.
Pre-registration is available on until June 7th at holidayvalley.com and at Active.com for $45 for the 3.5 or the 5.4 mile run and $10 for the kids’ run (up to age 12). Day-of-race registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is $60 for the 3.5 or 5.4 mile run, $15 for the kids run. Pre-registered competitors are guaranteed a t-shirt. All competitors will receive a goody bag and a super cool finisher's medal.
Competitors are encouraged to visit Ellicottville after the event and many of the businesses will be offering specials to those wearing their finisher medals. Special lodging packages including Mudslide entry fees are available at the Inn at Holiday Valley and the Tamarack.
Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto.