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Mighty Niagara Half Marathon has first female overall winner

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Fri, Sep 29th 2017 08:35 am
Mighty Niagara Half Marathon winner Allie Kieffer of Williamsville crosses the finish line with a time of one hour and 14 minutes. (Submitted)
Mighty Niagara Half Marathon winner Allie Kieffer of Williamsville crosses the finish line with a time of one hour and 14 minutes. (Submitted)
With a finish time of one hour and 14 minutes, Allie Kieffer of Williamsville is not only mighty, she became the first ever female overall winner of The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 16. The half-marathon, held in conjunction with the Hospice Dash 5K, brought in runners from around the country and the world with athletes coming from as far away as Mexico and Australia.
Participants began their scenic route at Artpark in Lewiston and continued along Lower River Road, through Old Fort Niagara, and finished along the shore of Lake Ontario at Porter on the Lake Park. They enjoyed bands throughout the course, as well as before and after the run.
The post-race party featured popular local band Strictly Hip, along with beer, water, hot dogs, snacks and awards. The Brickyard Brewing Co. even brewed a special "Mighty IPA" beer that was served at the race, as well as the restaurant, in honor of this popular local event.
"We are so thankful to our runners, sponsors, volunteers and local organizations, including our fire and police departments that help make our event a success each year", said race director Paul Beatty Jr. He and his family started the race as a small 5K in 2009. The half-marathon was added in 2011 and has grown in popularity, attracting over 1,500 runners each year.
Winners of the half-marathon won cash prizes as well as custom trophies. Winners of the Hospice Dash 5K received custom trophies and age group winners in both races were awarded pins to accompany their finisher medals.
Runners raised thousands of dollars through fundraising for the race. All proceeds from the event benefit Niagara Hospice, which 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 Niagara Hospice at 716-439-4417.

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