Runners from across the world participated in the recent Mighty Niagara Half Marathon to benefit Niagara Hospice, a scenic run that started at Artpark and took runners along the lower Niagara River, through Artpark and then finished up along the shore of Lake Ontario in Porter-on-the-Lake Park.
The overall winner was Kip Mutai Tisia, a native of Kenya who currently lives in Rochester. Other runners came from Austria, England, Ireland, Mexico and Ethiopa, as well as from across the United States to participate in this “must run” race of the season.
Tisia finished with a time of 1:07:43, an average of 5:12 minutes per mile, which is a record for the course.
The overall female winner was Natasha Yaremczuk of Monteverde, Fla. with a finish time of 1:21:16.
The race was also a fun run for the less serious competitor with prizes for all ability levels. Some ran in teams and others in costumes in the “Dress Like a Rock Star Contest.”
The event also included the Hospice Dash 5K. The overall male winner of the dash was Joe Norris of Tonawanda with a finish time of 18:26. The overall female winner was Danielle Carlson of North Tonawanda with a time of 21:33. The 5K was open to both runners and walkers and offered participants an opportunity to run in memory of a loved one.
Next year’s Mighty Niagara Half Marathon will be on Sept. 26. Registration is already open at www.MightyNiagaraHalfMarathon.com.