Allegheny River Running Fest

Olean, NY

Please join the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday September 12, 2020 for the Allegheny River Running Fest in Olean, New York! The Allegheny River Running Fest features two races: a 10K and Half Marathon both will start/finish at War Veterans Park in Olean. A good portion of both races will have you running along the picturesque Allegheny River on the area's Allegheny River Valley Trail. In fact, this race is one of few that actually run along the 325-long Allegheny River.

This will be an out and back race that will begin and end at War Veterans Park in Olean, New York. There will be 4 water stations along the half marathon route with a port-a-john available at each stop. The 10K race will have access to 2 of the water stations.

War Veterans Memorial Park
551 E State St
Olean, NY 14760

Online registration will remain open right up until the start of the race. There will be no paper applications accepted on race day.

10K Registration & Pricing
START TIME: 9:30am
$40 through 8/12
$50 8/13 to 9/10
$60 9/11 through race day

Half Marathon Registration & Pricing
START TIME: 9:00am

$65 through 8/12
$70 8/13 to 9/10
$80 9/11 through race day

NEW! Virtual Registration Option
We are also offering a virtual registration option for those of you who do not wish to run with us on race day. For the virtual option you get to choose the distance (10K or half marathon) along with when and where you wish to run using the honor system. After completing the run on your own, you can self-enter your results online at any time from September 12th at 9am through September 30th. Race organizers will mail out your official race swag the week after the race!

Mail-in Registration Option
If you prefer to mail in your registration (COMING SOON), please download the race waiver, fill it out neatly and completely, and mail to the address shown.

Due to the upfront nature of event costs, all entry fees are non-refundable. All participants acknowledge and accept this policy during registration process. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business trip, family emergency, illness, pregnancy, etc. In the event of foul weather, public safety concerns, or for any other reason deemed necessary by race organizers (ex: state of emergency, etc), we reserve the right to postpone/reschedule the event at our discretion or offer a virtual alternative if necessary.

For Friday, September 11th, race pre-registration and packet pick up will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at HammerBack Bar & Grill inside Good Times Events Center, 800R East State Street, Olean, NY 14760. Day of registration Saturday, September 12th, pick up your race packet at the Chamber TENT at War Veterans Park, 551 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760.

Ample parking right at park as well as 700 feet north on Front Street at the city's auxiliary lot.

Upgrade your race shirt to 1/4 zip long sleeve jacket. These jackets will retail race day for $28. However, upgrade on the registration site for an additional $10. If you would like both race shirt and quarter zip, please add $20 to your registration total.

 - You must show photo ID to receive your race number, timing tag and race packet.
 - Coaches, baby-joggers, bikes, dogs, in-line skates, and skateboards will not be allowed.
 - You must be at least 10 years old to participate.


Headphones are allowed but we advise you to leave on ear open for YOUR SAFETY.

There will be live music along the course at Gargoyle Park.

The finish line will remain open for 4 hours. Participation support (aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, etc.) will not be guaranteed ater that time and you must adhere to loacl pedestrian rules (sidewalks, etc).

We use a bib chip system with chips affixed to your bib. Please do not fold the bib and wear outside of clothes.

WHAT IF I GET SICK OR INJURED during the race and cannot continue? We will have several volunteers on bike patrol on the course searching for runners in need of assistance. If you cannot finish the race, flag down a bike volunteer or tell the volunteers at an aid station. For those in need of medical attention, we will have amublance on standby at the park but on the course will be coordinated through the 911 system.


Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers for each race event. Also, KOOLGATOR Tubular Headwear ARRF 'buffs' to the top three finishers in the race's five-year age groups. Lastly, the Last Squirrel Award will be presented to the last finisher through the half marathon event.

As the City of Olean has an unofficial city mascot of a black squirrel, your finisher's medal will have one of these nutty characters on the medal - to remind you of the great time you had at the ARRF.

When you pick up your race number, you will receive your swag bag. Inside you will find the official ARRF tech tee*, the finishing medal, after race food and brew tickets, as well as one cool bag for all that swag.
*The ARRF also has an option of a quarter race zip.


After the race, stick around for fun post-race festivities, food, music, massage/stretching, award ceremony, games/giveaways, Kids Fun Run, and Eric's Famous Pumpkin carving.

Each race participant for the half and the 10K will receive in their pick up packet/ race swag a ticket for a Good Time's famous pulled pork sundae and two tickets to redeem for brews from local distributors Sanzo Beverage and Wright Beverage. There will also be additional food options for purchase as well as water and soft drinks.

There are several local hotels in the area - Olean - 5 to 15 minute drive from hotel to race event; Bradford/Salamanca - 25 to 40 minutes; and Ellicottville - 30 to 45 minutes.

Best Western University, 3051 West State Street, Olean, 716-372-1300
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 3270 NYS Route 417, Olean, 716-372-7500
Holiday Inn, 101 Main Street, Olean, 716-375-1000
Microtel Inn & Suites, 3234 NYS Route 417 W, Olean, 716-373-5333
The New Lantern Motel, 4004 Route 417, Allegany, 716-373-1672
Old Library Inn, 120 S Union St, Olean, 716-373-9804
Seneca Allegany Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd, Salamanca, 877-553-9500
The Wingate Inn, 11 Mill Street, Ellicottville, 716-699-6000
Best Western, 100 Davis Street, Bradford, 814-362-4501
Holiday Inn, 30 Tarport Drive, Bradford, 814-362-7090

The ARRF races welcome the assistance of volunteers who may not want to run but just want to be part of the energy and fun! Please email to check in with volunteer duties.


For additional information on the race or sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Erica Dreher at or (716) 372-4433,

Gun start/chip finish timing services using industry leading Jaguar Electronic RFID timing will be provided by Race Management Solutions. Results are updated throughout the race in real time and can be accessed at any time after crossing the finish line using any one of the following options:

  • FREE ITSYourRace Mobile App
  • RMS Race Results Kiosk/Printer (not during COVID)
  • Scrolling Results TV Monitor (not during COVID)

Race participants can also use the ITSYourRace platform to view and share finish line photos with family and friends for free on Facebook. Custom finisher certificates can also be downloaded from the results page at no charge!

When & Where

Sep 12, 2020


9:00 AM

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