Down River Run 5K

Youngstown, NY

The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara, Inc. 
2022 Down River Run 5K 
JUNE 5, 2022

The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara is excited to bring back the Down River Run 5K to Western New York! 

Who are The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara? The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara serves as an advocacy, resource and support group to new and expectant parents and individuals born with Down syndrome.  This year our group has established a new goal to open a local cafe in the very near future owned and operated by individuals with Down syndrome. Individuals with Down syndrome make valuable employees and are ready to work but lack opportunity. We as a group of parent/family/child advocates will make this our main focus this year and with your help this can be a dream come true for everyone! Every step you take will help advance us in this direction. 

Register for your starting spot today and challenge your social network to sponsor your run!  Even better, create a fundraising team and race as a group.  All sponsorships will benefit The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara, Inc. 

New For 2022: This year the race will start and finish in the south parking lot located just inside the south entrance to the park off of Main Street. 5K participants will complete 2 outer loops (VIEW USATF MAP) and then head to the finish line. Those of you who sign up for the 1.5 mile walk will complete one outer loop (VIEW 1.5M MAP) before heading to the finish line. There will be one water station setup that 5K runners will pass twice on their run.

Fort Niagara State Park
1 Scott Avenue
Youngstown, NY 14174

Online registration will remain open right up until the start of each race. Packet pickup and race day registration will take place at the start/finish location from 8:30am until the start of each race. Official Down River Run race shirts guaranteed to everyone who registers before Monday May 30th. A small quantity of extra shirts will be ordered and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are gone.

    5K RUN 10:00 START TIME

  • Advance Registration before May 30, 2022: $30.00
  • Late Registration May 30, 2022 through race day: $35.00 
Mail-in Registration Option
If you prefer to mail in your registration, please download the race waiver below and mail to the address shown. Paper applications must be received prior to Monday May 30, 2022 for guaranteed shirt.

>Down River Run Application & Waiver

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 during the month of June. 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 6/5/22 and ending on 6/30/22. Race organizers will automatically mail out your shirt in early June.

Virtual 5K Run or 1.5 Mile Walk Roll: $30 (includes mailing of t-shirt)

There is plenty of parking available in the lot adjacent to the start/finish line inside the park.

Participants will enjoy light food and snacks after the race. There will be music at the finish line and the awards ceremony will take place at approximately 11:00am or once all of the 5K runners have completed the race.

Trophies will be presented to the 1st place overall male and female 5K finishers. Age group medals will be presented to the top 3 male and female 5K runners in each of the following age groups below. Custom finisher certificates showing race stats and age group rank can also be downloaded and printed after the race via the RESULTS button at the top of this page.

14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.

For more information contact Chris Sirianni at

Help us change lives throughout Western New York by sponsoring the Down River Run. Our 5K run/walk/roll is a terrific way to support the community and our missions.  Learn how you can make a difference by contacting Chris Sirianni at
Direct donations can also be made by your check remitted to The Down Syndrome Association of Niagara,Inc. and mailed to PO Box 159 Lewiston, NY 14092. 


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. 

Professional timing & 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
COVID Precautions:

The safety of our participants, vendors, and spectators is very important to us.  Spectators, media, and vendors would be considered in the Level 1 / Low Risk category, as long as a social distancing plan is available for their specific areas of the venue.

All current COVID guidelines will be followed.  This may include a mask requirement pre/post run.  As we get closer to the race and know the current guidelines we will post them here for your safety to follow. 


When & Where

Jun 5, 2022


10:00 AM

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Youngstown, NY

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