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Happy Half, 5K and Beer Mile

"Let's put the fun back into running!"

“Let’s put the fun back in running!”

Attention runners! (Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a casual runner, or just someone who’s looking to get outside, get some exercise and have fun!) … the Happy Half Marathon, 5K and Beer Mile will return to Holiday Valley for the third year in a row on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

“Sometimes it’s not about the distance - it’s about how you get there and what you do after that’s more important!” says Gwen Bush, who, along with her husband Doug, organize this event and others similar to it, including the 4 for 44 Relay held in Chautauqua each September, and the EVL Halloween Half & 5K race held in October. “While we encourage competitive running, this is by no means a race where winning is everything. The Happy Half and 5K is meant to be fun! It starts in front of Holiday Valley’s main lodge, before taking you through the beautiful back roads around Ellicottville - and finally finishing back at the resort.”

Think a half marathon is boring? Think again! Athletes are sure to appreciate the many fun distractions that will be set up along the course. “We aren’t talking bubbles and unicorns,” says Gwen, “but you never know!”  There will be plenty of hydration support along the way too, brought to you by the many volunteers that are strategically placed along the race route.

Multiple competitive age brackets (men’s and women’s) invite everyone to participate.  The entire family can - and should - come to run! The Half Marathon starts at 10am, and the 5K follows suite at 10:20am. Feel free to dress up your running attire; it’s not uncommon to see tu-tu’s, capes, and costumes of all sorts.

“But maybe our favorite part of the day is the Southern Tier Brewing Beer Mile,” says Gwen. Do you think you could drink a beer and run a 1/4 mile … then do it again … and again … and again?  Test your legs (and your stomach) and sign up for this final race of the day - the Beer Mile takes off at 1pm. 

The after-party is no doubt a party for sure! and will feature entertainment, great food, and beer (of course!) at HV’s main lodge. Bring your smiles to run the miles! The Happy Half, 5K and Beer Mile are brought to you by EnduranceFactor Events, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Holiday Valley Resort, Centerplate, and the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.

Sign up for the Happy Half, 5K and Southern Tier Beer Mile at happyhalfrun.com.  Registration is limited; get on it soon before it’s too late! You can follow the Happy Half on Instagram for updates (@evlhalf_happyhalf) or on Facebook (Happy Half, EVL Half, 4 for 44-EnduranceFactor Events).