Upstate Classic Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K

Sunday, November 24, 2024 • Altamont, NY • Course Map

As other race organizers were canceling events during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upstate Classic Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K was just getting its start. 

In 2024, the race will celebrate its 5th annual running at the Altamont Fairgrounds. The rural setting, outside of nearby Albany, lends itself well to ample social distance between participants and beautiful, bucolic race course scenery.

The predominantly pavement half marathon course makes one 13.1-mile loop, starting and ending at the grandstand at the fairgrounds. (Marathoners will complete two loops to fulfill their distance.) The route features some rolling hills, with approximately 400 feet of elevation gain per each loop.

If your loved ones are coming to the race, they are welcome to offer you course support between loops of the marathon. If they’d like to cheer you on during the race, several options are available. The bandstand is a great area to watch the start and finish. 

A spectator zone is also available at Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery, which borders miles 5 and 18 of the course. Draft beer and hard cider is offered with a $1-off discount to all runners who show their bib after the race. 

Photos courtesy of ARE Event Productions.

Take Note 

Organizers of the Upstate Classic strongly suggest racers bring their own hydration containers. While there will be cups at the event, if needed, runners are encouraged to reduce litter and waste by carrying their own bottles or hydration packs. There will be water available on course at 5 different aid stations, along with at least one porta potty at each station.

Past Results

See past results.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Upstate Classic Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:30 AM for the Marathon & Half Marathon
  • 8:40 AM for the 5K
  • 8:00 AM for the Kids’ Race


  • $65-$95 for the Marathon
  • $50-$80 for the Half Marathon
  • $20-$30 for the 5K
  • $5 for the Kids’ Race


To secure your spot in the 2024 running of the Upstate Classic Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K, register here at

Official Race Website


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