Empire State Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K

Sunday, October 10, 2021 • Syracuse, NY • Course Map

Filled with long stretches along the shoreline of Onandaga Lake, which takes runners through a combination of lakeside parkland areas and residential neighborhood streets, Syracuse’s Empire State Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K makes its 10th annual running this year.

Designed to take advantage of this part of central New York state’s fall season — when the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, gold, brown and orange — the half marathon race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Syracuse’s NBT Bank Stadium, the home of the AAA-level Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball team, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals major league team.

From there, the course heads northwest largely along the Onondaga Lake Parkway, the roadway that runs through Onondaga Lake County Park, which is sometimes called the “Central Park of Central New York” for its miles of paved trails, shaded pathways and approximately seven miles of trees and greenspace areas along the lakeshore.

Runners follow the route as it winds through the park and then heads into Long Branch Park at the northwestern end of the lake.

Once there, the reach the half-way turnaround point on Cold Springs Trail near the river, and then retrace their steps all the way back — along the parkway, through Long Branch Park and Onondaga Lake County Park — all the way back to the baseball stadium, where the race finish line lies.

There won’t be an early start for walkers, organizers note, but the course time limits are 7 hours for the full marathon and 6.5 hours for the half marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the center of Upstate New York, about 90 miles east of Rochester and roughly 250 miles northwest of New York City, Syracuse typically experiences mild to occasionally cold weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 18°F (in 1940) and as high as 87°F (in 1963).

  • Oct. 10 average low temp: 41ºF
  • Oct. 10 average high temp: 61ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Empire State Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – full marathon
  • 7:45 AM – half marathon


  • $75 and up for the half marathon
  • $95 and up for the full marathon
  • $45 and up for the 10K
  • prices subject to increase as race day approaches


To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Empire State Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay race, register online at Events.com here.

Official Race Website



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