Ellicottville Adventure Run and Hike


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The Ellicottville Adventure Run: August 26, 2023

The Buffalo Orienteering Club invites you to the Ellicottville Adventure Run & Hike. Participants will use very detailed maps to find as many as 40 orange and white triangular flags placed on, off and way off forest trails in the 6,000-acre Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forests, located between Salamanca and Ellicottville, NY.  When registering, participants choose a 3-hour or 6-hour time limit and whether they will go individually or as members of a group. It’s a great format for both hardcore competitors and casual family hiking. Afterwards, the picturesque Village of Ellicottville is ready to greet you with hotels, restaurants, shops, and, yes, more than a few drinking establishments with live music.

Features continued from last two years:

Online registration only
Early open check in
Map distribution at check-in
Flexible start times as early as check-in opens (beat the heat)
Starts spaced a minimum of two minutes apart
Water stops with individual bottles
Post-participation single serving food options
Awards emailed
Choose from 3-Hour and 6-Hour Events. Participate as an individual or multi-person team. Note: This event does not have beginner courses or instruction available.

Photos from the 2019 event can be found here and here courtesy of Alexis Rzewski.

Photos from the 2021 event can be found here courtesy of Alexis Rzewski.

To guarantee yourself a map, register online by August 20th.


Venue and Event HQ
Our event will take place in the Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forests. The event headquarters will be at the CCC Camp Seneca on Hungry Hollow Road just north of Salamanca, NY. Directions from the north: From Interstate 90, take Exit 55 for US219S, proceeding about 40 miles to the traffic light in the village of Ellicottville, turn left continuing south on US219 for 7.7 miles to the junction with Hungry Hollow Road. Turn right on Hungry Hollow and go 2.9 miles to the CCC camp which will be on your left. Directions from the south: From Interstate 86, take Exit 21 for US219N onto Parkway Drive, turning right on Wildwood Dr and left on Central Avenue. From this last intersection, go 2.2 miles north on US219 to Hungry Hollow Road. Turn left on Hungry Hollow and go 2.9 miles to the CCC camp on your left. Check in, start, and finish will be located here. Here’s a link to the location on Google Maps. The GPS coordinates are 42.2243817, -78.7025548.

Our maps are drawn to international orienteering standards at a scale of 1:10,000 with a detailed Little Rock City inset at 1:4,000, all with contour intervals of 5 meters. There will be two maps that can be laid flat for route planning, then bagged back-to-back for the event. They were completed in the summers of 2012 and 2016 by Valentine Vladimirov of Bulgaria. Small portions of the maps were used for this event from 2012 to 2016 and major portions were used in 2017, 2019 and 2021-2022. Copies of the competition maps will not be available before the event, but the WNY Mountain Biking Association does sell a more generalized map of the area featuring the bike trails at a scale of 1:20,000 with a contour interval of 20 feet. To obtain a copy of that map, contact the Western New York Mountain Bike Association here. All participants will receive their maps at check-in. Participants may start at a time of their choosing (prior to our stated deadlines) with the starter’s permission. The starter will ensure that all start times are a minimum of 2 minutes apart.   All  participants must start by 11:00am.

August 13, 2023, 10:00 PM EDT – Deadline for Early Registration

August 20, 2023, 10:00 PM EDT – Deadline for Regular Registration to guarantee yourself a map

August 25, 2023, 10:00PM EDT – Deadline for Late registration. Please note: Registrar will close registration earlier than this time if all the available maps are reserved. There will be no day of event registration.  All registrations must be made online in full, including completed waivers and payments.

August 26, 2023

8:30am – 10:45am: Check-in for the 6-hour event 

8:30am – 11:00am: 6-hour event individual starts with minimum 2-minute gaps

8:30am – 10:45am: Check-in for the 3-hour event

8:30am – 11:00am: 3-hour event individual starts with minimum 2-minute gaps

Electronic Punching
Electronic punching (SportIdent) will be used. SI cards can be rented for a fee of $2. Please note that 6-Hour participants are required to have SI cards that will accept 50 or more punches. Some SI cards can only register 30 controls. The ones that can handle 50 or more are SportIdent cards SI-6, SI-9, SI-10, or SI-11. If you do not have one of these larger capacity cards and plan on entering the 6-Hour event, please rent one when registering. There will be many controls in the forest, so competitors must be careful not to double punch.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Cards for 6-Hour Participants- $25/$15/$10 for Top 3 Males, Top 3 Females, $25 for Top Group
Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card for 3-Hour Participants- $25 Top Finisher
All awards emailed

Competition Notes
Water will be strategically placed in the forest and the locations will be indicated on the map. However, we can’t guarantee when or if you will pass one of those locations so you should plan to carry a reasonable amount of water with you. The area has good cell phone coverage, especially AT&T and Verizon. You may wish to carry a phone. The phone number at the Event HQ will be printed on the map.

Map distribution will be handled in the following manner. There will be two maps that can be laid flat for route planning, then bagged back to back for the event. All participants will receive their maps at check-in. Participants may start at a time of their choosing with the starter’s permission. The starter will ensure that all start times are a minimum of 2 minutes apart.   All participants must start by 11:00pm.


Meet Fees ———-Register Here Online

Fees are set to encourage online entries by August 13 with increases after that date. Entry fees are per participant. Persons competing as part of a team must register and pay individually. Please indicate your team’s name in the Notes box of the registration screen. Only one punch rental is required per team. Note: Any participant under the age of 18 can only compete as part of a team of which at least one member is an adult. 

Online registration, waiver completion and online payment are required.

Please contact the Registrar with questions.  

To Register Online: click the link and complete the form. If you are competing as part of a team, please use the Notes area to indicate the name of your team and fellow members. But all members must register separately. Next, click continue to sign your waiver online. Then click to execute an online payment through PayPal using a credit card or a PayPal account.  You do not have to have an existing PayPal account to pay through them, nor do you need to set up an account. Any credit card may be used. Register-Sign Waiver-Pay and you’re done! Special warning about registrations after August 20th: Maps will be printed according to the numbers registered by this date. A limited number of maps will be printed to accommodate competitors who Late Register after August 20th, but it’ll be first come first served. When those maps run out, we will not be able to register anyone else. To avoid the risk of disappointment, register online by 10:00 PM EDT August 20.

Early: Register Online by August 13, 2023, 10:00 PM EDT 

$25 for 3-Hour and $40 for 6-Hour events

Regular: Register Online by August 20, 2023, 10:00 PM EDT to guarantee a map

$30 for 3-Hour and $50 for 6-Hour events

Late: Register Online by August 25, 2023 10:00 pm EDT 

$35 for 3-Hour and $60 for 6-Hour events.

Please note: Registrar will close registration early if all the maps available are reserved.

Coupons available for BFLO Members for $15 off registrations. Email us for an online code.

Questions? Email: Info@Buffalo-Orienteering.org or phone 716-480-1713. Please limit calls to reasonable times

A limited selection of food and beverages will be available as competitors finish. This will include bananas, apples and single serving containers of chips, pretzels, and bottled water.

Several hotels and motels are in the village of Ellicottville and within 20 miles. Options include the Inn at Holiday Valley on the resort property, the Wingate by Wyndham Ellicottville in the village a short distance away and the Microtel in Springville, 16 miles from the event.

Primitive camping is available in the McCarty Hill and Rock City State Forests including at the meet site. For more information, Google “Camping in Rock City State Forest”. If camping in the Rock City Forest, please limit explorations to the main trails and roads, and only to the roads before the event on Saturday.

Full-service camping is available at Allegany State Park approximately 15 miles south of the meet site. This Ellicottville region web site provides additional options for hotels, B&Bs, and camping.

To assist competitors on deciding where to stay or how long a drive it is between specific venues, the following are given as an estimate of driving distances and approximate times with normal traffic.

  • Buffalo-Niagara International Airport to Event Site in Salamanca, NY– 60 miles, 1 hour 10 min.
  • Rochester to Event Site– 123 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Toronto to Event Site – 157 miles, 3 hours
  • Cleveland to Event Site – 178 miles, 3 hours 9 minutes
  • Pittsburgh to Event Site – 204 miles, 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Philadelphia to Event Site – 364 miles, 6 hours 18 minutes

The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (BUF) is closest to the event and served by the following airlines:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines 
  • JetBlue Airways 
  • Southwest Airlines 
  • United Airlines

Meet Director and Registrar:

Greg Hyatt, 716-480-1713, Info@Buffalo-Orienteering.org

Course Setter:
Greg Hyatt

Jackie Novkov, Doug Kennedy, David Cady, Greg Hyatt, Mike Lance, Walt & Patty Lyons, Peter Weber, Henry Davis & Steve Lakomy

Control Placement and/or Pickup: All Vetters plus Mike Lyons, Dave Reeves

Permitting: Phil Wolfling

Start, Finish, Technology & Results:
Doug Kennedy

Event Site Coordinator:
Lincoln Blaisdell, phone (716) 479-9431, linc43@roadrunner.com

Previous Adventure Runs
2013 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here.
2014 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here.
2016 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here
2017 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here
2012 3-Hour Results
2012 6-Hour Results
2013 Results
2013 Splits
2014 Results
2015 Results
2016 Results
2017 Results
2017 Splits
2019 Results
2019 Splits
2021 Splits
2021 Results
2022  Splits
2022 Results