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Mighty Niagara Half Marathon and Hospice Dash 5k registration still open

Fri, Sep 8th 2017 01:00 pm
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The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon, presented by Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union, attracts runners from around the world. Participants have traveled from England, Ireland, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Egypt and Ethiopia to "run with the river" in this one-of-a-kind and highly anticipated race. Held annually in conjunction with the Hospice Dash 5K, the event will take place on Saturday, September 16.

Race Chairman Paul Beatty, Jr. started the event as a 5K in 2009 and added the half marathon in 2011. The event has grown into one of Niagara Hospice's most successful fundraisers and has also become one of the most popular races in Western New York. The scenic course begins at Artpark in Lewiston and continues along Lower River Road, travels past Old Fort Niagara and finishes along the shore of Lake Ontario at Porter on the Lake Park.

The race features bands throughout the entire course, as well as before and after the run. The post-race party features popular local band, Strictly Hip, and is a great value for runners and walkers alike with beer, water, hotdogs, snacks, awards and much more.

Race Coordinator Maureen Rizzo of Niagara Hospice said, "More and more runners are making this a destination race. It's great for our event, and it's also great for local businesses and attractions." Many local businesses have signed on to support Niagara Hospice through their participation in the Mighty Niagara Discount Card that is given to all registrants. Sponsors on the card provide special discounts to card holders. The card is also used throughout the year by schools and other local organizations that sell them as an additional fundraiser for Niagara Hospice.

Runners compete for prize money, and trophies are awarded to the overall male and female finishers. Medal pins are also given for age group winners. More information and on-line registration for the race is available at http://www.MightyNiagaraHalfMarathon.com. Hospice Dash 5k Walk/Run information and registration is at https://hospicedash.com/. Runners and 5k walkers can register on-line up until 11:00am Friday; they can also register on race day but are advised to arrive early to do so.

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. This year, Niagara Hospice House celebrates 10 years of hospice residential services. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.


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