The 2018 EVL-4 & EVL-9 Trail Runs kick off from venerable Holiday Valley Resort once again sending runners deep into technical trail running territory. Starting and finishing at Holiday Valley's Mountain Sports Center runners from several surrounding states toe the line for one of the most demanding trail races in the region. The EVL-4 is a one-lap race that climbs the mountain and uses single track trails that hide no secrets of the tight-twisty trails we love so much featuring one water station. The EVL-9 is the grandaddy sending runners deep into single track heaven, state land trails and the amazingly wicked descent back to the finish line sharing the same start & finish as the EVL-4 course. Three water stations (some self-serve) on the long course provide ample resources for the demands at hand. Rain or shine. Clear your calendar and get ready for one of the most challenging and wicked days of trail running action of the summer. Both courses feature everything from gravel access road starts up the mountain, tight technical single track trails that utilize resort and state land property and the infamous flow-trail downhill that traverses the mountain to the finish. Start times: 9:30 EVL-9, 10:00am EVL-4 Registration opens at 8am on race-day. Race-day registration is welcome at a slightly higher rate. No-one will be turned away to compete. Please use your judgement when entering the long course. Ample fitness and trail running experience is required. Walkers are not permitted on the long course due to it's duration.
Limits: The EVL-9 course is an intermediate/advanced level course with several remote sections. Runners will have an early exit point if they are not up to the task by around mile 3.5/bail point. Long course entrants or not up for the terrain will be re-directed to the finish at this point. Please use your judgement. EVL-4 welcomes walkers. Time limit for the EVL-9 course re-directs any entrants that take more than 45-minues to get to mile 3.5 to proceed back down the mountain.
Late registration and # pickup from 8am at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center on race-day. Race-day registration is welcome.
Awards: OA M/F & Masters each distance. Also top 3 in the following age groups each distance: U19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
The first 300 participants are guaranteed a 2018 finisher medal proving they do not fear the mountain. A beautifully crafted 3d medal including the current race logo is sure to become a collectors item.
Post-Race Pool Party! All entrants are invited to the Holiday Valley Pool after the awards ceremony for the EVL-Trail Run Pool Party. 1/2 price pool entry coupons will be given to those intersted at the race. Great food, drinks & poolside fun awaits!
All the action takes place at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center. Plenty of parking and restrooms on site. Race-day registration welcome. T-shirts to all pre-registered by July 17th and as they last day-of. A terrific post-race light lunch & party rounds out this amazing day of competition.
Lodging: Holiday Valley and Ellicottville have no shortage of beautiful hotels and condo's for all size groups. Check out the Tamarack Club and the Holiday Valley Inn which are within a mile of the starting line. Holiday Valley Rental Management handles condo bookings for larger groups. (716)699-2345. Enjoy the weekend in Ellicottville and its hundreds of attractions including public pools, golf, mountian coaster, brewery and shopping.
The EVL Trail Run's help support HEART Animal Shelters.