Sunday, May 30, 2021 • 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 30), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- 2019 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Buffalo Half Marathon Results
- $110 and up for the half marathon
- $125 and up for the full marathon
- $100 for the relay
- $35 and up for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
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