Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara

Youngstown, NY

This race will be capped at 350 runners and has sold out every year!

Join us for the 4th Annual Holiday 5K at Old Fort NiagaraThis beautiful and scenic 5K run will take place on December 21, 2019. Soldiers will fire their muskets at 11:00am sharp to signal the start of the race which will take place entirely within Fort Niagara State Park. The course is  USATF certified and will feature 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!

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

Check in for the race at our heated tent located across the street from the Officer's Club. Optional admission tickets to Historic Old Fort Niagara will be offered at a discount to all participants at the gate if you want to venture inside the Fort after the race.

5K Registration Fee ............ $30/$35 after 11/1/19

The race is limited to 350 participants and EVERYONE will receive one of our beautiful custom holiday finisher medals! Mail-in registration form also available.

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
After the race, all participants are invited to join the post race celebration and awards ceremony under our heated tent across from the Officer's Club. Runners will enjoy a delicious homemade bowl of potato soup, veggie wrap, and pasta salad prepared by the Rickard family (subject to change). Registered participants are welcome to bring adult beverages to the celebration for personal consumption (Note: you must me 21 or older to consume alcohol).

The race will start 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 hand crafted custom finisher medals will be provided to all participants! Age group awards (decals that can be affixed to the back of your finisher medal) will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each of the following age groups:

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.

Gun 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(s)

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 21, 2019


11:00 AM

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2018 Finisher Medal

2017 Finisher Medal

2016 Finisher Medal

All participants will be guaranteed to receive a beautiful custom finisher medal to commemorate your race at Old Fort Niagara!

Wear them proudly on race day and then hang them on your Christmas tree and remember the event for years to come!

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!


Live Music
Zak Ward

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!