Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

Sunday, May 26, 2024 • Buffalo, NY • Course Map

More than 4,000 runners cross the finish line in all races combined each year at the Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay — including 3,000 or more 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 Street, 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 cool to mild weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 25 degrees (in 1926) and as high as 94 degrees (in 1911).

On race day (May 26), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 70ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Buffalo Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

6:30 AM


  • $85 and up for the half marathon
  • $100 and up for the full marathon
  • $30 and up for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



Ever run in the Buffalo Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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3 comments… add one
  • MCK October 7, 2019, 10:14 pm

    What is the distance for the 2020 Relay event, I don’t see a relay option for in the sign-up question

  • Jerry hulett May 26, 2019, 7:52 pm

    For the 2019 Buffalo Marathon I did not
    See my finish time on live tracker after 40k
    Could the fog have something to do with it
    Or was I disqualified?

  • Nancy May 27, 2016, 2:18 pm

    What are the stops for the relay? Thanks.


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