Grassroots Gardens 5K /10K / 15K SPRING RACE

Niagara Falls, NY


Please join us on Saturday April 17, 2021 for the Grassroots Gardens Spring 5K, 10K, and brand new 15K running event! The races are being brought to you by iRunWNY and LaSalle Vineyard & Community Garden to raise funds for WNY Grassroots Gardens. All three distances being offered feature beautiful and scenic views of the upper Niagara River. We received permission from New York State Parks on 3/8/21 that allows us to create a brand new 15K out-and-back course that runs from LaSalle Waterfront Park to Goat Island and Niagara Falls! The 15K course is now USATF certified (see map below).  CLICK HERE to view iRun WNY safety protocol during Covid.

Grassroots Gardens WNY is a determined group of activists who educate and lead committed neighborhood gardeners. They collaboratively cultivate and manage more than 300,000 square feet (and growing) of green space in Buffalo including the beautiful LaSalle Vineyard Garden located on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY.


All three races will start and finish at LaSalle Waterfront Park using the  USATF certified course maps shown below. We will have two water stations setup near the 5K and 10K turnarounds. Restrooms will be available at the hotel prior to the race. Park officials are planning to open the restrooms at LaSalle Waterfront Park by 7am. We will also place a portable toilet on the course at the 10K turnaround.

15K Course Map #NY18301JJ

10K Course Map #NY18016JJ

5K Course Map #NY18015JJ

LaSalle Waterfront Park
6611 Buffalo Ave.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Online registration will remain open right up until the start of each race or until sold out. There will be no paper applications accepted after April 10, 2021. All participants who register by 4/12/21 at 10:30pm are guaranteed to receive an official Grassroots Gardens dri-fit running shirt in their desired size. We will order a limited quantity of extra shirts in a variety of sizes that will be made available during checkout on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are gone. We will also provide post race grab & go food (delicious turkey wraps from Rickard's Family Catering), and bottled water. The first 250 people to register will also receive a custom 2021 Grassroots Gardens finisher medal and custom race bib at packet pickup. 

There will be two waves offered for the 15K (50 runners per wave); two waves for the 10K (50 max per wave) and two wave start times offered for the 5K (50 max per wave).

5K Registration (100 maximum runners)
$30 Early Bird extended through 3/31/21
$35 4/1/21 through race day

10K Registration (100 Maximum runners)
$40 Early Bird extended through 3/31/21
$45 4/1/21 through race day

15K Registration (100 maximum runners)
$45 Early Bird extended through 3/31/21
$50 4/1/21 through race day

To allow for social distancing and the safety of both participants and race staff, we have established a series of wave starts that will be limited to 50 runners maximum per wave. In addition, we will be assigning individual start times to all participants as an extra safety precaution. All participants must adhere to social distancing guidelines and/or wear a mask at all times before and after the race.

15K (Limited to 100 total participants)
Wave #1 9:00am Start Time
Wave #2 8:00am Start Time
We now have permission to offer wave #2 at 8am!

10K (Limited to 50 participants per wave)
Wave #2 9:20am Start Time
Wave #3 9:40am Start Time

5K (Limited to 50 participants per wave)
Wave #1 10:30am Start Time
Wave #2 11:00am Start Time

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 4-10-21 at 4pm.

>Grassroots Gardens Race Application & Waiver
>USATF Waiver (18 and older)
>USATF Waiver (17 and under)

Beautiful & Scenic Course Along the Upper Niagara River

We will have a large concession trailer setup at Niagara Riverside Resort (Formally the Four Points Shereton) located at 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Participants are required to wear a mask and stay socially distant at all times. Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled wave start to allow enough time for parking, packet pickup, restroom break, and the short 5 minute walk to the start line.

Niagara Riverside Resort
(Formally the Four Points Shereton)
RMS Trailer in Main Parking Lot
7001 Buffalo Ave.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

We will be combining the results of all waves held throughout the day. Hand crafted trophies will be presented to the 1st place overall male and female finishers. There will be no formal awards ceremony during Covid, however all participants can download custom finisher certificates from the event page and view/share finish line photos following the race!

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.

There will be plenty of free parking available at Niagara Riverside Resort located at 7001 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 with additional grass parking available at LaSalle Vineyards & Community Garden located on the corner of 71st Street and Buffalo Avenue. Both parking areas are a short 5 minute walk from the start/finish line. Additional parking available on area side streets if needed.

For additional information on the race or sponsorship opportunities available, please contact iRun WNY (Paul Beatty) at (716) 998-5777 or via email at

In the event of foul weather, public safety concerns, or for any other reason deemed necessary by race organizers (ex: state of emergency, shelter-in-place, limit on social gatherings, permit issues, etc) we want runners to know up front that we reserve the right to reschedule the event date if needed OR convert this to a virtual event. If we convert it to a virtual race, runners will have the option to run on their own during a designated window of time and submit their finish time as instructed. Additional information will be presented should we be forced to hold a virtual race. There will be no refunds.

2019 Run For Fun Celebration!


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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Apr 17, 2021


9:00 AM

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for the first 250 registrants!

We have designed a beautiful new 15K course from LaSalle Waterfront Park to Goat Island and Niagara Falls!

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