Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara

Youngstown, NY


Join us for the 5th Annual Holiday 5K at Old Fort NiagaraThis beautiful and scenic 5K run will take place on December 19, 2020. 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.

NEW FOR 2020
All participants (300 maximum) will receive one of our 2020 custom finisher medals. In addition, participants who register prior to December 14th at 9am will also receive a newly commissioned Holiday 5K shirt! Register early to secure a spot AND your keepsake finisher medal!

After speaking with representativies from New York State Parks it has been decided that we will offer a 2 hour window from 11am to 1pm for runners to check in using our drive thru service and start the race. Individual start times will be assigned to all participants throughout the event. If by chance Niagara County should see an increase in Covid cases causing it to move into the yellow zone, we will add an additional hour to the start window. Runners will be admitted to start the race from 11am until 2pm. Should Niagara County move into the Covid Red Zone, the event will be switched to 100% virtual. CLICK HERE to view course map showing important race day information such as packet pickup location, parking, closed roads on race day, walking route to start line, walking route back to parking lot after the race, and more!

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

During the pandemic we will be checking runners in for the race using our convenient drive-thru, touch free service in the main parking lot along the beach. Runners will stay in their vehicles while our staff safely hands you your race bib, timing chip, t-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 11/1/20

At this point we are planning to limit the race to 300 participants (6 waves of 50 runners with individual start times assigned to each participant).

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 12-17-20 at 4pm.

>Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara Application & Waiver
>USATF Waiver (18 and older)
>USATF Waiver (17 and under)

NEW: Virtual Registration Option
Can't make the race... Participate virtually! Simply sign up for the 5K Virtual Race prior to November 13th. You choose the location and time to get out on your own and run/walk your 5K between 11/15/20 and 12/19/20. 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 starting on 11/15 and ending on 12/31. We'll mail out your shirt before Christmas and also include one of our 2020 custom finisher medals if you were one of the first 300 people to sign up for the event!

11:00 Official 5K Start Time (Individual Start Times during Covid)
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
During the pandemic there will not be a post race party (no tent will be setup) however the park will open to the public. We cannot congregate in groups of 50 people or more at any time. Spread out before and after the race and follow all social distancing guidelines. 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 will begin assigning runners individual start times 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 provided to all participants who registered prior to November 15th! 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 (not during Covid)
  • Scrolling Results TV Monitor (not during Covid)

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 19, 2020


11:00 AM

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2020 Finisher Medal

Custom finisher medals will be provided to the fist 300 registered participants to commemorate your race at Old Fort Niagara. The 2020 finisher medal is being designed by Ashworth Awards and is inspired by Robert Griffing's famous painting Departure at Daybreak. In this painting, mist rises from the Niagara River as the early morning sun greets four Ottawa canoes gliding swiftly across the still waters from Fort Niagara in the autumn of 1769.

2020 Race Shirt

NEW FOR 2020!

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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