The Ellicottville Adventure Run & Hike

Saturday, August 26, 2017
A Rugged Outdoor Activity Requiring Navigation and Endurance, Hosted by the Buffalo Orienteering Club
Choose from 3-Hour and 6-Hour Events. Participate as an Individual or Multi-Person Team.
To guarantee yourself a map, register online here.
See Who’s Competing Here.
2013 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here.
2014 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here.
2016 Event photos courtesy of Alexis Rzewski here
2012 3-Hour Results
2012 6-Hour Results
2013 Results
2013 Splits
2014 Results
2014 Splits
2015 Results
2015 Splits
2016 Results
2016 Splits

Updates ———-

Check this section for periodic updates and additional information. This page was originally posted on December 16, 2016.

Online registration opened on December 16, 2016.

Welcome ——

The Buffalo Orienteering Club invites you to the Ellicottville Adventure Run & Hike.  This event uses a “Rogaine” format in which competitors visit as many control points as possible in a fixed amount of time. The control points are indicated in the forest by orange and white triangular flags. Just before the start, each competitor receives a topographic map with the control locations circled. Participants can choose a 3-hour time limit or a 6-hour time limit and can go as a team or individually. It’s a great format for both hardcore competitors and casual family hiking.

Venue and Event HQ ———-

Our event will take place in the McCarty Hill State Forest and the Rock City State Forest as well as on the property of the Holiday Valley Ski Resort. The event headquarters will be at the CCC Camp Seneca on Hungry Hollow Road in Salamanca, NY. From the village of Ellicottville, proceed south on Route 219 past the entrance to the Holday Valley Resort. Continue on Route 219 about three miles through the hamlets of Great Valley and Peth before turning right onto Hungry Hollow Road. Continue until the asphalt changes to gravel, then look for the club’s signs to the Camp, which will be on your left. Check in, Day of Event registration, 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.

Map ———-

Our map is drawn to orienteering standards at a scale of 1:15,000 with a contour interval of 5 meters. It was completed in the summers of 2012 and 2016 by Valentine Vladimirov of Bulgaria. Portions of the map were used for this event in 2012 to 2016. Copies of the competition map 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 Ellicottville Bike Shop here.

Schedule ———-

August 20, 2017 – Deadline for Early Registration

August 24, 2017 – Deadline for Regular Registration

August 26, 2017

9:00am – 10:30am: Check-in and Day of Event registration for the 6 hour event at the Event HQ

11:00am – 12:30pm: Check-in and Day of Event registration for the 3 hour event at the Event HQ

10:00am: 6 hour maps handed out

11:00am: 6 hour event mass start

11:00am: 3 hour maps handed out

1:00pm: 3 hour event mass start

Classes / Awards ———-

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each class. Each Rogaine event will have three classes: Men Open, Women Open, and Team. There are no awards for the Beginners course.

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.

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. Six hour participants will receive their maps at 10am, one hour before start. There will be a single map. Three hour participants will receive their maps at 12:30pm, one half-hour before start. A single map will be used and may be studied right up to the 1:00pm mass start.


Meet Fees ———-Register Here Online

Fees are set on a staggered scale to encourage early entries. Entry fees are the same for both events and are per participant. Persons competing as part of a team must register and pay individually. Please indicate your team name in the Notes box of the registration screen. 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 is required except for Day of Event Registration. To Register Online: click the link above and complete the forms. If you are competing as part of a team, please use the Notes area to indicate the names of your team and fellow members. Then execute an online payment using a credit card or a PayPal account. Once you receive your confirmation email, click the link for signing your waiver online. You’re done! Special warning about Day of the Event registration: Maps will be printed according to the numbers registered by the regular registration deadline (August 25). A few extra maps will be printed to accommodate competitors who register on the day of the event, 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 on-line by the late deadline.

Early: Register Online by 11:59pm EDT August 20th  $25 for 3 and 6-Hour events

Regular: Register Online by 11:59pm EDT August 24th  $35 for 3 and 6-Hour events

Late and Day of Event: Register Online or Onsite August 26th  $50 ($40 for BFLO club members) for 3 and 6-Hour events

Questions? Email: or phone 716-480-1713. Please limit calls to reasonable times.

Food ———-

Food will be available at the Training Center. Hot dogs, fruit, cookies and beverages will be available as competitors finish.

Accommodations ———-

Several hotels and motels are located 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.

Camping: The Erie County Parks Department operates a campground at Sprague Brook Park, 25 miles from the event site. Reservations may be made by calling (716) 858-8355 or online here. This Ellicottville region web site provides additional options for camping.

Distances ———-

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 Ellicottville, NY– 53 miles, 1 hour
Rochester to Event Site– 116 miles, 2 hours 5 minutes
Toronto to Event Site – 150 miles, 2 hours 51 minutes
Cleveland to Event Site – 178 miles, 3 hours 9 minutes
Pittsburgh to Event Site – 204 miles, 3 hours 35 minutes
Pihiladelphia to Event Site – 364 miles, 6 hours 18 minutes

Airlines ———-

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

Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, US Airways and United

People ———-

Meet Director and Course Setter:

Jackie Novkov, phone 716-903-1180,


Patti Lyons, Dave Cady, Phil Wolfling, Dave Levine


Greg Hyatt, 716-480-1713,

Start, Finish, Technology & Results: 

Doug Kennedy

Volunteer Coordinator, Hospitality, Food & Awards: 

Lincoln Blaisdell