NOTICE: We have moved the race one week later to try and beat the heat!
September 21, 2019
Picture this...You're running alongside the Niagara River, through the historic villages of Lewiston and Youngstown. Invigorated by the beat of the band you just passed, you feel the cheers of the spectators pushing you forward. You're counting the miles, but at the same time you're not, because the views are literally (and physically) breathtaking along the down-hill course. You see the famous French Castle, the lighthouse and Historic Old Fort Niagara's compound after you emerge from the forest of Fort Niagara State Park. Running by the beach, you're enjoying the views of Lake Ontario and the live entertainment at every mile as you continue on to Four Mile State Park. Just a few yards to go. Your friends and family cheer you on as you cross the finish line at Porter-on-the-Lake Park. You are Mighty! You just finished Mighty Niagara Half Marathon!
in the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon, you will not only be supporting a good cause –Niagara Hospice – you will also enjoy a picturesque, historical course as well as:
- Pre and post-race parties
- Live bands throughout the course: before, during and even after the race
- Discounts on local hotels, restaurants, retailers and tourist attractions
- Mighty Niagara Half Marathon Dri-fit running shirt
- Newly designed custom finisher medals for all participants in both races!
- Snacks, fresh fruit, food, water, chocolate milk, and a beer tent for all runners*
- Prizes & Awards: $500 cash prize to top male and female; additional cash prizes for runner-ups; prize for the best Nerd costume (in honor of our post-race band Nerds Gone Wild!), awards for top times in your age-group
- Free parking
- Great Lakes Real Estate Race Bag Drop prior to race, finish line pick-up
- Free shuttle service following the race
This is one race you will not want to miss!
Mighty Niagara Half Marathon: Starts at Artpark State Park in historic Lewiston, New York and finishes at Porter-on-the-Lake Park in Youngstown, New York. The USATF certified course offers scenic views of two historic villages, four state parks, the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, Canada and the Toronto skyline!
Hospice Dash 5K: Starts and finishes at Porter-on-the-Lake Park in Youngstown, New YorK. The USATF certified course takes runners along Lake Road and through Four Mile State Park before returning back to Porter-on-the-Lake Park.
REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP
Online registration will remain open right up until the start of each race. Early packet pickup will take place at Crunch Fitness located at 2429 Military Road in Niagara Falls from noon until 8pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday leading up to race day. Race day registration and packet pickup will take place at the starting line of both races from 7:00am right up until the start of each race. Mighty Niagara Half Marathon shirts guaranteed through 9/9/19. All participants who registered after that date will receive an official "Are You Mighty" drawstring bag. Hospice Dash participants who register by 9/9/19 will also be guaranteed shirts. Hospice Dash 5K registrants after 9/9/19 will be provided with shirts on a first-come, first serve basis until they are gone. Be sure to arrive early to allow enough time for traffic and parking. We are not responsible if you arrive late and get stuck in traffic or long last minute lines.
POST RACE CELEBRATION
Join us for the best post-race celebration in Western New York! To start with, there will be live entertainment before, during, and after both the 5K and half marathon. All participants will receive a beautiful custom finisher medal after crossing the finish line and there will be plenty of great food and beverages!
ONCE AGAIN FOR 2019 Nerds Gone Wild will be preforming at our post-race party!! The party is free for all registered runners & $25 for the post-race only. Go to "Register Now" above to register for either race or post party only!!
Family & Friends Option: For those of you not planning to run the race, but who still want to attend the post race party with family or friends, we ask that you kindly pre-register as non-running participant. Your $25 registration fee gets you an entry bracelet for access to the best post race celebration in Western New York including delicious food, free beer, live music, and a special keepsake gift (while supplies last). Please register early to reserve your spot!
There will be plenty of free parking at Artpark for the half marathon with free shuttle service back to your car after the race. Parking is also free at Porter-on-the-Lake for the Hospice Dash 5K race. Parking attendants will be on hand to guide and assist as needed to ensure a steady flow of traffic in and out of both parks.
Niagara Falls Coach Lines provides FREE shuttle service on race morning from the Holiday Inn Express Grand Island - Niagara Falls, 2761 Long Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 to Artpark. The first shuttle leaves at 7:00am and the second shuttle will depart for Artpark at 7:30am. We will continue to have shuttle service from the finish line at Porter on the Lake Park back to Artpark throughout the day. Several of the shuttle runs will continue on to the Holiday Inn Express Grand Island - Niagara Falls. See our shuttle schedule for complete details. *Note Shuttle Services does not go from Holiday Inn Express Grand Island to 5K Start!
AGE GROUPS & AWARDS
Custom trophies will be presented to the 1st place overall male and female finishers in both the 5K and half marathon and prize money will be awarded to the top three male and female participants in the half marathon ($500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place).
Custom finisher medals are provided to all runners as they cross the finish line and age group award pins will be distributed in each of the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and older.
Custom pins will also be presented to the top three male and female runners in the following divisions:
Masters (40 and older)
Grand Masters (50 and older)
Senior Masters (60 and older)
CONTACT / INFORMATION
For additional information on the race or sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Elizabeth Deeks via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 716-280-0780.
ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP FOR 2019!
We are planning another exciting lineup of entertainment for race day! Our event is very unique in that we offer live entertainment before, during and after the race. There are also both live musicians/bands and entertainment stations throughout the course! If you know of any other bands/musicians who would like to participate, please have them contact Musical Entertainment Chairperson Karen Ruero at email@example.com or Elizabeth Deeks at Niagara Hospice at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to announce the lineup for 2018...
- Nerds Gone Wild - Headline Band at the post race celebration
- Soul Committee - Headline Band at the Half Marathon Start Line
- Nichols Audio - Professional sound and audio technician/stage
- Another Thyme
- Vincent Bonelli
- White Chocolate
- Y-Town Jams
- Lone Piper
- 2nd Time Around
- Top Knotch Band
TIMING & FINISH LINE SERVICES
Timing and finish line services using industry leading Jaguar Electronic RFID timing will be provided by Race Management Solutions. Results are updated throughout the race in real time and can be accessed at any time after crossing the finish line using any one of the following options:
- FREE ITSYourRace Mobile App
- RMS Race Results Kiosk/Printer
- Scrolling Results TV Monitor(s)
Race participants can also use the ITSYourRace platform to view and share finish line photos with family and friends for free on Facebook. Custom finisher certificates can also be downloaded from the results page at no charge!