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 are working with New York State Parks for permission to extend our 15K route all the way to Goat Island and Niagara Falls! If this is not possible we will be combining the 5K and 10K courses for 15K participants.  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 are in the process of developing the 15K course and will post additional course information as it becomes available. We will have portable toilets and water stations at the start/finish line and on the course at the 5K and 10K split points.

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 9am on race morning. There will be no paper applications accepted after April 10, 2021. All participants will receive an official Grassroots Gardens dri-fit running shirt, custom race bib, past race grab & go food/snack, and bottled water. We will guarantee to have your race shirt for you on race day if your register by 4/10/21. Those of you who register after this date will have to make arrangements to pickup your shirt at a later date (TBD). There will be three wave start times offered for 10K and 15K participants (50 max per wave) and two wave start times offered for 5K participants (50 max per wave).

5K Registration:
$25 Early Bird through 3/15/21
$30 3/16/21 through race day

10K Registration:
$40 Early Bird through 3/31/21
$45 4/1/21 through race day

15K Registration:
$45 Early Bird 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.

10K & 15K Wave Options (50 max per wave)
Wave #1 9:00am Start Time
Wave #2 9:20am Start Time
Wave #3 9:40am Start Time

5K Wave Options (50 max per wave)
Wave #1 10:00am Start Time
Wave #2 10:20am 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 LaSalle Vineyard and Community Garden located at 71st Street and Buffalo Avenue. Particpants 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.

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, 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 5K race. 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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