Buffalo Marathon & Half Marathon
Buffalo, NY
May 25, 2014

Buffalo Marathon Information

Fast becoming one of the premier qualifying races for the famous Boston event, Buffalo Marathon participation grows significantly each year. In 2012, over 5000 runners took part. Scheduled in May, the cooler Buffalo climate coupled with gorgeous Lake Erie scenery make this a popular event for runners and spectators alike. Participants may register online in advance, or, at the Buffalo Marathon Expo held on the Saturday prior to the main race. The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, at 153 Franklin Street, hosts the Expo, where numerous vendors are on hand with race gear for sale. Registrants may also pick up their race packets and t-shirts here.

Three races within the event plus a children's marathon make up the weekend in Buffalo. Held on Saturday, the children's marathon is a race 26.2 yards in length. Children ages two to 12 are welcome to register. Refreshments and medals await the children at the run's end. A pasta dinner is held on Saturday for race participants. Guests are also invited for a nominal fee.

The main event is held on Sunday. Runners meet at Pearl Street near the Hyatt Regency 30 minutes before the race. The full marathon is run on a 26.2-mile course which winds past beautiful Lake Erie and several stunningly designed parks. Participants and spectators can enjoy some of the architectural offerings of downtown Buffalo as they make their way through or line the streets of the course. The Buffalo Marathon is gaining in popularity not only because of its beauty, but also because the course is mainly flat. Only two areas of slight elevation exist, making training for this event a bit easier.

A half-marathon also takes place on Sunday. Beginning at the same time and location, half-marathoners run a course of 13.1 scenic miles. Relay teams make up the final group. No fewer than four runners per team are allowed. The first three members run 10K while the fourth and final leg is a 12K race. Bus transportation for relay team members is provided.

Another important reason for the success of the Buffalo Marathon is the hundreds of volunteers who help to make the event run smoothly. From pace runners to water station attendants, this supportive group of people is there to help the race participants in any way they can. Western New Yorkers pride themselves on their sense of community and helpfulness, and the marathon volunteers are proof of this.

Race participants are notified of their split times throughout the race as well as their overall time at the completion of the course. Awards are presented at varying times for each event back at the convention center. In addition, food, and music await racers at a post race party, which is also held there.

Spectators are an important element to the race and a guide for the best viewing areas is available at the convention center. Cheering crowds provide a supportive atmosphere for the runners. Live music is also available along the parade route, providing a great time for participants and spectators alike.