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!

The first 250 participants will receive one of our beautiful brand new 2021 custom finisher medals! Late registrants will get to select one of our classic Holiday 5K medals. We will not be putting up a tent this year for the safety of runners. Instead, we will be providing participants with one of our 2021 Holiday 5K t-shirts! *You must register by 12/13/21 at 9am for guaranteed shirt. Extra shirts (if any) will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis. Register early to secure a spot, race shirt, AND your keepsake finisher medal! Late registrants who do not receive a t-shirt will receive a complimentary Christmas in Munich beer from Brickyard Brewing Company!

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

Packet Pickup will take place in the main parking lot along the beach where each participant will receive their custom race bib, timing chip, race shirt*, 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!

Post Race Celebration
Awards will be announced at the finish line immediately following the race. The park will open to the public and participants are welcome to stay and enjoy the afternoon together with friends. Adult beverages are allowed in the park for those 21 and older. Runners will also enjoy delicious grab & go food prepared by the Rickard family. Additional information with more specific details will be emailed prior to the race.

Muskets will be fires at 11am sharp to signal the start of the race. Both the start and 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 Since all paarticipants will receive custom finisher medals we will provide age group award decals to go on the back of your medal at the awards ceremony. Custom finisher certificates showing race stats and age group rank 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. 

Professional timing & finish line 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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When & Where

Dec 18, 2021


11:00 AM

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Youngstown, NY

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We have ordered 250 custom finisher medals to commemorate your race at Old Fort Niagara. The 2021 finisher medal features a winter scene of the French Castle at night! Late registrants will be able to choose from our collection of classic medals.

Here is the 2021 Holiday 5K t-shirt design Register by 12/12 for guaranteed shirt!

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!


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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