The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. in conjunction with the Hospice Dash 5K Walk/Run. The half marathon, which was added to the event in 2011 (and had a turnout of more than 1,000 participants), has been expanded this year. The event will include more live bands and music, a new website at www.mightyniagarahalfmarathon.com, and a new name.
The overall winners of the half marathon this year will also receive a $750 cash prize.
The event has become a choice destination for many runners because of its many beautiful views and camaraderie. The marathon is promoted as a destination/family event to marathoners throughout New York, Southern Ontario and Northern Pennsylvania.
Locations on the run include views of the Niagara River, the villages of Lewiston and Youngstown, the famous French Castle and Lighthouse on Historic Old Fort Niagara's compound, scenic views of Lake Ontario, Four Mile State Park, and Porter-on-the-Lake Park.
With the wonderful scenery, community and new additions, a large turnout is expected for the race.
"We're looking forward to a great turnout this year and invite the community and visitors to come run with the river. Last year, this race was the first and only one of its kind in our very scenic Niagara County, and is on many runners' list of races not to miss," says Race Chairman Paul Beatty Jr. The event is expected to draw thousands of runners from surrounding counties, nearby states and Canada.
Registration costs $85 until registration closes on Sept. 12. Each runner receives a running T-shirt, a high-quality finisher medal, and admission to the post race party where food, drinks and live music will be presented.
New for this year, participants also receive a Mighty Niagara discount card for special deals at local restaurants, hotels and attractions.
Proceeds from both events benefit Niagara Hospice.