The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon Marks Another Successful Year
September 20, 2014
The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon some got great news coverage this year in the local papers. Read some of the articles here:
Students at Tuscarora Indian School sold over 100 Mighty Niagara Discount Cards. They raised over $1000 for their school and an additional $535 for Niagara Hospice. Haley Navenma let the school by selling the most cards. Chase Chapman and Karson Swanson were top sellers as well. The students presented Niagara Hospice with a check along with their school counselor Kate Thurman. Thank You Tuscarora Indian School!
The highly anticipated Mighty Niagara Half Marathon held Saturday, September 22 was a huge success in spite of the early rain and cool temperatures. Runners and spectators from throughout Southern Ontario, Quebec and the US – including from as far away as Texas, California, Utah and Missouri – enjoyed breathtaking views as they ran 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 at Historic Old Fort Niagara. Live entertainment was provided for the 925 runners at every mile as volunteers and spectators cheered them on.
The race began at Artpark in Lewiston and ended at Porter-on-the-Lake Park where the overall male and female winners received their cash prizes of $750 and a Mighty Niagara Half Marathon trophy. The Overall Male Winner is Jon French of Buffalo, NY with a time of 1:10:55 and the Overall Female Winner is Jennifer Boerner of Cheektowaga, NY with a time of 1:26:26.
Race Chairman Paul Beatty, Jr. said: “Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this event and we’re excited to see it grow in popularity. It’s already on most area runners’ lists of races not to miss. Everyone at the race today was running for a cause, for Niagara Hospice. Many of the participants have experienced hospice care for their family member first-hand and recognize the need to ensure this compassionate and dignified care continues to be available to everyone.”
The Annual Hospice Dash 5k Walk/Run was held in conjunction with The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon and 265 participants started at 595 Lake Road in Youngstown. The Overall Male Winner is Derek Dunstan of Niagara Falls, NY with a time of 17:13 and the Overall Female Winner is Allison Carr of Williamsville with a time 18:09.
Runners from both races received an official Dri-fit running shirt, custom finisher medal, and admission to the post race party with food, drinks, and live music by Strictly Hip. Thousands participated throughout the day by running, walking, volunteering and cheering the runners along the route and at the finish line. Niagara Hospice Alliance Advancement Coordinator and event organizer, Maureen Rizzo said: “This year’s race was truly a great success. We had runners from throughout the US from the ages of 14 to 80. We are already planning for next year’s race and hope to see everyone again, and that they bring more friends and family.” The 2013 race is scheduled for Saturday, September 21.
Although the final count is not in, it is estimated over $60,000 were raised from the two races. Supporters are still able to sponsor a runner by congratulating them through a secure on-line donation to Niagara Hospice from the Events page at www.NiagaraHospice.org. All proceeds benefit patients and families served by Niagara Hospice. For race results, photos and updates for next year’s race, visit www.MightyNiagaraHalfMarathon.com. For more information on the Hospice Dash 5k Walk/Run visit www.HospiceDash.com.
Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 20,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call Hospice at 716-439-4417.
The Lewiston Kiwanis club has stepped up to provide volunteers to help with parking at our event. The parking attendants will have an important job as they will direct runners and spectators to our parking spaces. They will assure that parking is safe and convenient for our participants. A big Thank You to the Lewiston Kiwanis Club for supporting another community event!
The local restaurants of Lewiston, NY were the highlight as the Travel Channel visited the home of The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon. Click here for extra video featuring the terrific food & fun in Lewiston! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwKZUXZqcJ0
Tom Tower’s Farm Market, a generous sponsor of our event through the years, will continue their support in 2012. They will supply bananas for all of our runners at the finish line. We are very thankful for their continued support. Tom Tower’s Farm Market is open all summer at 1258 Lockport Rd. in Youngstown, NY. They offer a great selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty products.
KI-PO Motors Chevrolet in Ransomville, NY will sponsor this year’s bag drop off station. KI-PO staff will be on hand to collect and label each runner’s bag and deliver them to the finish line for pick up after the race. KI-PO’s dealership has been servicing the Ransomville, Lockport, and Tonawanda areas since 1967 with quality cars and dependable service. We are very excited to have them as part of The Mighty Niagara Team!
Runner’s World, a national magazine for everything running, is featuring The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon! Our race is listed in the “Racing Ahead” list of races. We hope to attract runners throughout the United States and bring them to Niagara County for our race and to enjoy our beautiful area!
Check out the May/June issue of New England Runner magazine. Our half page ad is featured in the magazine with a QR code for easy registration. We hope runners from New England come and enjoy all that Niagara County has to offer.
Vasilis Kariolis from Dopkins & Co. beat out over 12,000 runners to win the Corporate Challenge in Buffalo’s Delaware Park last night. He finished with an incredible time of 17:51. Dopkins & Co. is one of our corporate sponsors. Congratulations to Vasilis and the Dopkins & Co. team!
Check out our Facebook page, a great place to keep up with other runners. Please visit the page and share your running highs (and lows). Training is always more fun when you share your experiences with other runners!
Our half page print ad is featured in the June/July issue of Get Out There magazine! Get Out There is Canada’s most-widely distributed network of regional endurance sports, outdoor recreation and adventure publications. The magazine is distributed at select outdoor retailers, specialty sports stores, and resorts, and placed in thousands of race kits annually throughout Canada.
The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon race committee came out to support the Nancy Price Memorial 5K. We took the opportunity to reveal our new dri fit Hospice Dash 5K shirt!
Our race directors had the pleasure of promoting The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon at The Good Life Fitness Toronto Marathon Expo. We met so many terrific people and had a great time. We were honored to have Jacqueline Gareau, Olympic Marathon runner and the first Canadian woman to win the Boston Marathon, stop by our booth. She was gracious enough to take a picture with us. It was quite a thrill. We look forward to seeing all of the runners we met at our race in September!
We would like to thank Duncan Tyler and Reanne Argy-Tyler for their continued support of Niagara Hospice. They have generously donated shuttle bus service for this and other Hospice fundraisers over the years. Because of their generosity, our runners will be provided with free shuttle service from Porter-on-the-Lake Park back to the starting line at Artpark after the post race party. We are proud to have you on our team and we thank you for your support!
We are proud to announce that for the fourth year in a row, the Lion’s Club of Youngstown will be out in full force to support our race. Youngstown President Lois Kaminski has also solicited the help of numerous local clubs to organize and manage all eight of our water stations. We will publish a complete list of all participating clubs in the near future. Thanks for your support!