Large turnout expected at The Mighty Niagara Half Marathonby jmaloni
The highly anticipated Mighty Niagara Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. Promoted as a destination family event to marathoners throughout New York, Southern Ontario and Northern Pennsylvania, participants will enjoy breathtaking views as they run alongside the Niagara River and through the historic villages of Lewiston and Youngstown.
The race route includes views of the famous French Castle and lighthouse on historic Old Fort Niagara's compound. After emerging from the forest of Fort Niagara State Park, participants will enjoy scenic views of Lake Ontario and live entertainment at every mile. The race continues on to Four Mile State Park and ends at Porter on the Lake Park.
The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon is held in conjunction with the fourth annual Hospice Dash 5k Walk/Run, which also begins at 9 a.m. The half-marathon was added to the Hospice 5k Dash event in 2011 and had an impressive turnout of more than 1,000 participants in its first year. With a new name, a new website at www.MightyNiagaraHalfMarathon.com and more live bands added to the venue, the race has drawn runners from surrounding counties, states and Canada to Niagara County.
Race Chairman Paul Beatty Jr. said, "We're looking forward to a great turnout this year and invite the community to come on out and cheer on the runners. Last year, this race was the first and only one of its kind in our very scenic Niagara County, and is on many runners' lists of races not to miss."
New this year is a cash award of $750 to the overall male and female winners of the half marathon. Awards for first-, second-, and third-place male and female will also be given in each age group.
All proceeds from both events directly benefit Niagara Hospice, which provides specialized care for the terminally ill. Niagara Hospice offers support services to both the patient and family - providing comfort, dignity and choice.
For more information, call 716-439-4417 or visit www.NiagaraHospice.org.
WHO: More than 1,300 runners from throughout New York, Southern Ontario, Ohio and Northern Pennsylvania and their friends and family; a variety of musicians and bands performing at various locations along the run; Strictly Hip playing at the finish for the after-party at Porter on the Lake.
WHAT: The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon and Hospice Dash 5k Walk/Run
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m.
•The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon starts at Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston
•The Niagara Hospice 5K Dash starts at 595 Lake Road in Youngstown
•Both races end at Porter on the Lake in the Town of Porter; runners will start to arrive at the finish around 10:15-10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Lewiston, Youngstown, Porter - Maps of both races are available for DOWNLOAD below: