New York > Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice Dash 5K
Lewiston, NY • Saturday, September 21, 2013 • Course Map
An annual running event here in what is known as New York's Niagara River region for the past few years, the Niagara Hospice Dash added the 13.1-mile race distance for the first time in 2011 to become the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice Dash 5K Run/Walk, which will take runners along a point-to-point route that unfolds past a number of the Niagara area's most historic landmarks and places.
Runners start the half marathon at the Earl Brydges Artpark in Lewiston, New York, a small village of just over 2,000 residents located along the Niagara River, which marks the border between the United States and Canada. From there, runners head north, first through downtown Lewiston (along Center Street, 4th Street and 2nd Street) before heading onto Lower River Road, which they'll follow north for the next few miles as it becomes River Road and Main Street, once runners make their way into Youngstown.
These first few miles that bring runners northward unfold over a very gradual downhill slope for the first six miles of the race, and then really flatten out as the course nears the shoreline of Lake Ontario and brings runners up for a loop around the grounds of Old Fort Niagara. Located on a bluff overlooking the blue waters of Lake Ontario, the history of the fort dates all the way back to the 1720s, and it has played an important role in the military history of the U.S. as well as that of Canada, France and Great Britain, each of which held control over the fort at different times in its history.
Now part of what is known as Fort Niagara State Park, the original fort out on the bluff will serve as a major highlight of the race course, as runners will head all the way out to the bluff where it sits, and (depending on the weather and the visibility on the day of the race) will be able to see the skyline of Toronto across the lake. And while most of the rest of the race is run on paved or brick surfaces, the stretch through the fort is made up of crushed gravel park roads and trails.
Following the two-mile stretch through Old Fort Niagara, runners will then turn and head east along Lake Road for the final three miles of the race, in to the finish line at Porter-on-the-Lake Park.
Scheduled starting time for the race is 9:15 AM, and as many as 3,000 runners are expected to run in the half marathon, while the 5K should draw up to about 500 runners and walkers.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the U.S.-Canadian border in western New York state, about 25 miles north of Buffalo and just a few miles north of Niagara Falls, Lewiston typically sees mild to moderately warm and usually its wettest weather of the year in September, when its average monthly temperatures range between 72°F and 51°F and rainfall totals average just over 3.5 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Sept. 21), the average high is 70°F and the average low is 49°F.
View the race route map for the Mighty Niagara Hospice Dash Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by November 11, 2012
$65 between Nov. 12 - January 1, 2013
$75 between Jan. 2 - May 1
$85 between May 2 - August 31
$85 between September 1 - 12 (custom finisher medal not guaranteed if registered after Aug. 31)
$95 between Sept. 13 - 20
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Lewiston's Mighty Niagra Half Marathon or Hospice Dash 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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