New York > Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay
Buffalo, NY • Sunday, May 26, 2013 • Course Map
More than 3,900 runners crossed the finish line in all races combined at the 2012 running of the Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay -- including just over 2,800 in the half marathon alone -- which takes runners on an out-and-back course that shows off the city's picturesque waterfront areas overlooking Lake Erie.
From the starting line on Franklin Street near Chippewa and Tupper Streets, the course for the half marathon takes runners along what organizers describe as a "fast, flat and scenic" route through the heart of the city, along Dar Drive through LaSalle Park and Buffalo Naval Park, part of Frederick Law Olmstead's famous linear parks along the city's lakefront areas.
City fathers call Buffalo the "city of trees" for its abundance of municipal parks, and the Olmstead linear parks (also seen in other cities such as Atlanta) form the centerpiece of its city park system, made up of 6 major parks and 8 parkway/roadways. Along the half-marathon race course, runners are also treated to views of Conway Park, Seymour Knox Plaza and the city's HSBC Arena, before returning to the finish line at the Buffalo Convention Center.
As for changes in elevation, the course for the half features only minimal hills. The course crosses two harbors so runners should expect some rises and falls in elevation over these stretches, but outside of these areas the race is largely fast and flat, as organizers attest.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the U.S.-Canadian border in western New York state, roughly 380 miles northwest of New York City, Buffalo typically sees May temperatures that average between 66°F and 48°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (May 26), the average high is 70°F and the average low is 51°F.
View the race route map for the Buffalo Half Marathon
$40 for the half marathon, if registered by January 1, 2013
$55 between Jan. 1 - May 1
$60 between May 2 - 24
$80 at the race expo
$95 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of the Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay race, register online at MarathonGuide.com.
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