Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara

Youngstown, NY

Join us for the 6th Annual Holiday 5K at Old Fort NiagaraThis beautiful and scenic 5K run will take place on December 18, 2021. The race will take place entirely within Fort Niagara State Park. The USATF Certified Course features amazing views of Fort Niagara State Park; the Lower Niagara River; Lake Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada; Historic Old Fort Niagara, and the Toronto skyline! CLICK HERE to view iRun WNY safety protocol during Covid.

All participants who register before 11/16/21 are guaranteed to receive one of our beautiful 2021 custom finisher medals! If we are unable to host our famous post race celebration, we are planning to provide each runner with a Holiday 5K t-shirt like we did last year during Covid. Register early to secure a spot AND your keepsake finisher medal!

9:30-11:00 Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup

During the pandemic we will be checking runners in for the race using our socially distant packet pickup service in the main parking lot along the beach where each participant will receive their custom race bib, timing chip, finisher medal, etc. Bottled water and food will be distributed (grab & go) at the finish line after the race.

5K Registration Fee ............ $30/$35 after 11/15/20

Mail-in Registration Option
If you prefer to mail in your registration, please download both the race waiver and appropriate USATF liability waiver below and mail to the address shown. You must complete and mail BOTH waivers to the address shown on the waiver along with your check payable to iRunWNY. Paper applications must be received by 12-15-20.

>Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara Application & Waiver
>USATF Waiver (required)

NEW: Virtual Registration Option (includes Medal & Holiday 5K race shirt!)
Can't make the race... Participate virtually! Simply sign up for the 5K Virtual Race before it sells out. You choose the location and time to get out on your own and run/walk your 5K any time in the month of December. Feel free to use the FREE IYR Virtual App to track and score your run. You will also be able to manually enter your finish time directly to the IYR Results Page from 12/1 through 12/31. We'll automatically mail out your shirt, custom finisher medal and race bib (continental USA only) before Christmas.

11:00 Official 5K Start Time
The race will start and finish inside Fort Niagara State Park. The finish line will be located adjacent to the historic cemetery near the lighthouse next to Historic Old Fort Niagara and holiday music will sound throughout the finish line area throughout the race!

11:30-1:00 Post Race Celebration
At this point in time we are hoping to be able to host our famous post race party, however we will have to base our final decision on the Covid situation at that time. The park will open to the public and participants are welcome to stay and enjoy the afternoon together with friends. Spread out before and after the race and follow all social distancing guidelines in place at that time. Runners will enjoy a delicious grab & go food snack prepared by the Rickard family. Additional information with more specific details will be emailed prior to the race.

We are planning a gun start but may have to assign runners with individual start times during Covid beginning at 11:00am. The finish line will be located adjacent to the old cemetery at Historic Old Fort Niagara near the lighthouse.

Historic Old Fort Niagara
Youngstown, NY 14174

There will be plenty of free parking in the main parking lot at Fort Niagara Beach. Participants are NOT ALLOWED to park in the small lot at Old Fort Niagara at any point as there will be tour buses coming in and out and we do not want to disrupt the flow of traffic of visitors to the Old Fort. Thanks for your cooperation!

Trophies will be presented to the 1st place overall male and female finishers and beautiful custom finisher medals will be guaranteed to all participants who registered prior to November 16th! Custom finisher certificates showing race stats and age groups can be downloaded and printed after the race via the RESULTS button at the top of this page.

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, 75-79, 80 and older.

For additional information on the race or sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Paul Beatty at (716) 998-5777.

There will be no refunds. In the event of foul weather, public safety concerns, or for any other reason deemed necessary by race organizers (ex: state of emergency, etc), we reserve the right to postpone/reschedule the event at our discretion or offer a virtual alternative if necessary. 

Individual chip start/chip finish timing 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

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!

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Dec 18, 2021


11:00 AM

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Custom finisher medals will be ordered to commemorate your race at Old Fort Niagara. The 2021 finisher medal features a winter scene of the French Castle at night!

Holiday 5K t-shirts were provided to runners last year as a bonus gift since we were unable to host our famous post race party! We plan on doing the same in 2021 only if we are unable to host the post race celebration.

First Place Male & Female Runners
First place overall male & female winners will each receive a handmade beer tote trophy!

Experience the beauty of Historic Fort Niagara!

Muskets will be fired to signal the start of the race!

The race will start in front of the historic Fort Niagara Lighthouse

A variety of demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day!

Sign up today and enjoy one of the most historic sites in the world!

Visit Old Fort Niagara's Official Website!

Special thanks to our amazing sponsors!


A portion of the proceeds from iRun WNY managed events will be donated to the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company along with the Tuscarora Indian School Christmas Toy Drive Fund. Thanks for your participation!

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