Beginning at Artpark in Lewiston and continuing along the Niagara River, the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon offers one of the most scenic routes in Western New York. However, overall winner Kip Mutai Tisia may not be aware of that, as he probably did not have time to take in the views. He finished the Sept. 19 race in a course record 1:07:43 (a 5:12 minute/mile pace). The overall female winner, Natasha Yaremczuk of Montverde, Florida, was not far behind with a finish time of 1:21:16.
Tisia, an elite runner originally from Kenya, traveled from Rochester and was part of the growing number of runners who travelled from around the country and the world to run the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon. With runners travelling from Austria, England, Ireland, Mexico, Ethiopia and across the U.S., the event has become a "must run" race of the season.
The event also includes the Hospice Dash 5K. This year's overall male winner is Joe Norris of Tonawanda, with a finish time of 18:26. The overall female winner is Danielle Carlson of North Tonawanda, coming in at 21:33.
The 5K is open to runners and walkers and offers participants the opportunity to run in memory of a loved one.
"It is so great to see families and friends coming together to run or walk in memory of their loved ones while also supporting the services of Niagara Hospice. It makes the event very special," race coordinator Maureen Rizzo said.
Registration is already open for next year's Mighty Niagara Half Marathon, to be held Sept. 24. More information and registration is available at www.MightyNiagaraHalfMarathon.com. For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Rizzo at 716-280-0728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.