Festival of Lights 5K

Niagara Falls, NY


Please join us on Saturday December 4, 2021 for inaugural Festival of Lights 5K at Reservoir State Park in the Town of Niagara. The race was originally planned to take place at Veterans Memorial Park however major construction projects have forced park officials to cancel all fall and winter events. We hope to move back their next year but for 2021, race organizers have designed a beautiful 3-loop course (VIEW MAP) at Reservoir State Park

The race is being limited to 150 maximum participants and everyone gets a beautiful custom finisher medal! You will also receive one of our cool new Festival of Lights t-shirts*. Net proceeds used to purchase toys for students at Tuscarora Indian Elementary School! 

The race will start and finish at Reservoir State Park in the Town of Niagara. Start time is set for 4pm and the sun will begin to set around 5pm. Both the start and finish line are located in the large parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts. Runners will travel counterclockwise making one small loop then two large outer loops (VIEW MAP). Additional parking in the other main lot located closer to intersate 190 is a short 5 minute walk away.

Reservoir State Park
Witmer Road (Route 31)
Niagara Falls, New York 14305
(Start/Finish located next to the tennis courts)


Online registration will be open right up until the start of the race. Packet pickup will take place in at Shelter C located near the finish line from 2:30 pm right up until the start of the race at 4:00 pm. Light food/snacks will be provided to runners after the race along with bottled water.

5K Live Race Registration
    • $30 through October 31st
    • $35 November 1st through race day or until sold out
*All participants who register by 12/2/21 at 10am will be guaranteed to receive an official Festival of Lights 5K t-shirt! Extra shirts (if any) will be provided on a first come-first serve basis.

Virtual Registration Option ($30 includes shipping)
Can't make the race... Participate virtually! Simply sign up for the Virtual Race option and you get to choose the location and time to get out on your own and run/walk your 5K between 12/1/21 and 12/31/21. 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 12/2/21 and ending on 12/31/21. We will automatically mail out your Festival of Lights 5K custom finisher medal and t-shirt (Continental USA only for shipping).

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.

>Festival of Lights 5K Application & Liability Waiver
>USATF Waiver (required)

Race organizers will be providing light snacks at the finish line along with bottled water. There will also be music and a post race awards ceremony. This is a New York State Park and participants over 21 are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages to enjoy on their own after the race.

There will be plenty of free parking at Reservoir State Park! The lot closest to the finish line can hold approximately 40 cars and the other lot (walking distance away) can hold at least 100 more vehicles.

Trophies will be presented to the 1st place overall male and female 5K finishers. Age group awards will be announced and participants will have the ability to print out custom finisher certificates from home after the race.

Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older. Age groups may be expanded based turnout.

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. 

For those that are interested, the annual Lewiston Christmas Walk will take place in the Village of Lewiston the same weekend as our race! Lewiston comes alive with the holiday spirit as thousands of people wander throughout the village to enjoy the lights, decorations, sounds and fun of Christmas. Enjoy familiar Christmas favorites Tropical Tom, Frosty, Olaf, Buddy the Elf and Rudolph as they promenade up and down Center Street along with horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, outdoor entertainment, carolers and more. Welcome Santa’s exciting arrival by helicopter in Academy Park as he heads to his special Holiday float for the Santa Promenade down Center Street. He will then be ready to greet children in the Lewiston Peace Garden near the Historic Frontier House on both days at selected times. All over Center Street, shops will be open on both days to help you with your holiday shopping list and local businesses will be hosting special open house events.

Professional timing and 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(s)
  • ITSYourRace.com
  • RaceManagementSolutions.com

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 4, 2021


4:00 PM

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