Allegany River Running Fest ROUTES



As mentioned in a news release last fall when GOACC’s event committee unveiled a revamped and newly polished events schedule for 2020, excitement was brewing with staff, board and the volunteers!  Then March 2020 came and one by one, GOACC’s events were plucked off that superb calendar list!

Even with the threat of upticks in positive cases for Western New York, the FIRST Allegheny River Running Fest was held Saturday, September 12th, at least the running with the fest tabled for next year.  Erica Dreher, Member Services Manager, reported, “The first ARRF had 124 participants!  Originally planned and budgeted for a total of 250 runners pre-Covid, that number represents a great accomplishment!”

She added, “The weather was superb for runners – the fog lifted by race start at 9 a.m. and the sun was shining, the temp just great!  Our race company, Race Management Solutions had the runners socially distanced in lineup and each participant had their own start time.  It was great!”

Stats from the first ARRF Half Marathon had a total of 74 registrants with 71 participating Saturday.  Top Male for the Half was Dale Flanders from Allegany, NY, with a time of 1:21:26.  Top Female for the Half was also an area resident from Olean, NY; Angela Colomaio with a time of 1:38:52.

Tracey More from Alfred Station partaking in the Half Marathon stated, “The course was ideal – from on road, to trail, back to on road back to the trail – oh and that bridge coming from St. Bonaventure into Allegany – what a neat (but cringeworthy) addition to the course!”

Stats from the ARRF 10K included: 42 participants with 40 completing Saturday.  Top Male for the 10K was Joe Pitzonka from Orchard Park with a time of 00:39:48 and top female for the 10K was Tracy Kelly from Jamestown, NY with a time of 00:45:11.  City of Olean Common Council Member, Paul Gonzalez, and an avid runner, ran the 10K and stated, “The course was ideal – for the 10K, we got on the Allegheny River Valley Trail at 20th Street – went out to Gargoyle Park and returned the same way back to War Vets Park.  The scenery including the river and wildlife (deer) couldn’t be any better!”

Of the 124 racers registered, 59% were female, with the balance of 41% male.  The ARRF featured virtual options with 3 completing in both the 10K and Half for a total of 6 virtual.  The youngest racer was Elizabeth Drum of Cuba, NY in the 14 and under category.  She finished 10th overall in 10K, 5th female.  The veteran of the race was Harry O’Hara in the 10K 70 and older category from Fredonia, NY. Lastly, the farthest to travel to compete at the ARRF was Eleanor O’Gorman hailing from Yarmouth, ME.  She ran the 10K with 11th overall and 6th female standing.

To see the full list of race times and participants, please visit under Allegheny River Running Fest.

Mrs. Dreher added, "As race organizers, we were happy of the support from the Allegany Police Department, City of Olean Police and Streets Departments and the Cattaraugus County Sheriffs office.  Once again, this event couldn’t have happened without their support and the support from our volunteers.”

Sponsors for the ARRF include GOACC’s 47 corporate sponsors, Worth W. Smith, State King, Go To Meals, and Squirrel Nut Butter.  The next event for the Chamber is the Southern Tier Corporate Challenge which is virtual this year.  For more information, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email.



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The Greater Olean Area has a wide range of events for all seasons and all ages!!  Please use the arrow buttons to search through to the month you are visiting our area.  Click on a specific event to get more information on that event if it has been provided.  Please contact the event organizers or GOACC ahead of time to ensure the accuracy of the events before you make any plans.  To add your event, please send all event information to GOACC by mail GOACC, 301 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760; fax (716) 372-7912; or by email