Fri, Sep 28th 2012 12:00 pm
Despite the rain over 1,000 runners enjoyed the beautiful course of The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon and Hospice Dash 5k Walk/Run.
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.
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."
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
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.