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Overall Rating (41 Reviews)
4.7
(41 Ratings) 🏆 (41 Reviews)
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4.2
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4.7
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4.7
You will not find a race more convenient than the Buffalo Marathon. The full and half both use a common start and finish line that are less than 900 feet apart. We finish directly in front of the Buffalo Convention Center where the expo and post-race party are held. The … MORE
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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '21

    My review for the 5K would be the same as my review for the half marathon. Just a couple of quick notes though. You got a medal for the 5K. … MORE

    My review for the 5K would be the same as my review for the half marathon.

    Just a couple of quick notes though. You got a medal for the 5K. Nice, but just a little smaller than the one for half (as you would expect).

    You got the same goodie box for both races and the same finisher jacket (except one says 5K and one says 13.1).

    Race organizers and volunteers were wonderful.

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '21

    I was registered to run this in 2020 but Covid caused me to be deferred to 2021. I cannot emphasize enough the great job the race director has done over … MORE

    I was registered to run this in 2020 but Covid caused me to be deferred to 2021. I cannot emphasize enough the great job the race director has done over the last year and a half in communicating with the runners about updates, changes, etc. Kudos to him!!

    I heard some of the locals comment about how much smaller the race was this year but then someone commented about missing all of the Canadiens. So that made sense.

    As for the race, it was mostly flat through the town of Buffalo. The volunteers were awesome and there were plenty of aid stations, port a potties, etc. The aid stations had water, gatorade, and some had gels. The scenery was what you would expect when running a race in a big city. Nothing special. It was hot because the race had to be delayed a month but the race started very early so that helped.

    The finishers got nice jackets and boxed goodies at the finish as well as water, gatorade, and a beer. The box was very full of snacks. Due to covid, no post race party though. The medal was nice and the people were awesome. This was a good choice for my NY race.

    For out of towners, there are plenty of hotels that are within a couple of blocks from the start/finish. Also, lots of bars/restaurants in the area as well. Very nice race and I enjoyed my trip to Buffalo.

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    mountainwheelz REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my 1 st full marathon attempt. Unfortunately I overheated got dehydrated and ended at mile 23. The aid stations and volunteers were great. The 20 th anniversary jackets … MORE

    This was my 1 st full marathon attempt. Unfortunately I overheated got dehydrated and ended at mile 23. The aid stations and volunteers were great. The 20 th anniversary jackets were awesome. Special kudos to the volunteers at mile 23, where I nearly passed out. I had to take an ambulance to the finish line. The race director Greg Weber is great. He checked on everyone in the 1 st aid tent personally. I do have one suggestion for improvement. Due to the road closures the ambulance had a difficult time getting back to the finish line. I don’t know if there was a route plan in place. I don’t know if there is a way to let emergency personnel know the best way to get around the closures to the finish.

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    ck5 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Everyone is always so helpful and supportive at the race. Well organized from start to finish. Always has great medals and race swag. Great party like feeling at the start … MORE

    Everyone is always so helpful and supportive at the race. Well organized from start to finish. Always has great medals and race swag. Great party like feeling at the start and end of the race. This year due to COVID restrictions being lifted last minute and other factors, the after-party was not the typical for the race. Normally the after-party is one of my favorite parts, and it’s done so well at Buffalo! Usually lots of free beer locally crafted just for the marathon, lots of food choices to refuel with after the race, and a great celebration atmosphere. Despite this, the 2021 race day was just as fun and memorable! Great come back! Buffalo is back!!!

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    sleuthold FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race was so well organized from packet pick up to the finish line! The bibs, medals and shirts were awesome! Having Fitz at the finish line made it so … MORE

    This race was so well organized from packet pick up to the finish line! The bibs, medals and shirts were awesome! Having Fitz at the finish line made it so perfect! Be sure to go see Niagara Falls while you are there!

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    smontanaro FIRST-TIMER '21

    The Buffalo 1/2 Marathon was pretty flat and I would recommend to anyone looking to do an end of Spring 1/2. The best thing I remember about this 1/2 Marathon … MORE

    The Buffalo 1/2 Marathon was pretty flat and I would recommend to anyone looking to do an end of Spring 1/2. The best thing I remember about this 1/2 Marathon in the smell of sweet cotton candy coming from the General Mills Factory. I would definitely recommend this 1/2 Marathon.

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    slairna Nov 29, 2021 at 6:51pm

    It was Cheerios, not cotton candy. Buffalo smells like Cheerios.

    It was Cheerios, not cotton candy. Buffalo smells like Cheerios.

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    bauerpower592 FIRST-TIMER '21

    First time running a Half Marathon and it exceeded all my expectations. They are very attentive in getting you all the information you need days before the race in a … MORE

    First time running a Half Marathon and it exceeded all my expectations.

    They are very attentive in getting you all the information you need days before the race in a very organized way. They host virtual Q and A sessions with the Race Director and others so that you are aware of everything before the day hits.

    Pre- Race – Loved the corral area to warm up and use the restroom. Lots of space to lightly jog and get ready. The anthem, fireworks and words of wisdom before the race made me very excited to start.

    Race – Lots of people on the side that were cheering you on, some people with sprinklers on to cool off the runners in the heat. Pretty flat course with lots of water stations along the way. While running, I would joke around with the people and volunteers on the side. They made it fun! Especially hearing some bands playing on the side. From a scenery perspective, you see a ton of Buffalo. I have lived in Buffalo for years and some spots I have never seen before! If you are a local or a person traveling in, both will enjoy seeing Buffalo.

    Post Race – Lots of stuff to drink and eat to cool off after the race. All the volunteers were incredibly friendly and excited. Because of that, it made me feel ever better about finishing my first ever half. Because of how much fun I had, I decided to stay at the finish and cheer people on for another hour and a half.

    Overall thoughts: I loved this race. My major regret is that I didn’t start running it earlier! I already have next year saved in my calendar with the thought of going for the Full Marathon for my first time. If you are on the fence about registering, jump off. Register, you won’t regret it!

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    jrmonahan08 FIRST-TIMER '21

    No regrets ....I billieved :) This has been an experience that will be forever carved in my heart. I was excited, worried, and scared when I decided to sign up … MORE

    No regrets ….I billieved 🙂
    This has been an experience that will be forever carved in my heart. I was excited, worried, and scared when I decided to sign up for my second Marathon. This is my first time going to an event and participating alone.
    I decided to embark on a whole food plant based lifestyle going into training for this marathon. I was anxious about being in someone else’s home the night before. As sleeping and eating on such a specific diet the day before such a big race is very challenging.
    I tell you, I am so happy that I didn’t give in to my fears and comfort, as this ended up being an inspiring journey.
    I ran the first half of the race at a much faster pace. However, I did struggle with the heat the next half and it really slowed my time down considerably. Never to the point that I would quit but enough that I knew I had better not push so hard. There would be other races.
    I met an amazing person while running at around mile 18. We had been running at the same pace and she suggested we stick together. From that moment on we pushed each other to the limits and we completed. This was her first time running a marathon. It was fantastic meeting someone else with as much grit in their heart. Right up to the finish we motivated each other, and cheered in ecstatic happiness as we crossed the line.
    I cannot describe the feelings that overwhelmed me the moment I finished, I was happy, proud, and inspired more than any other time in my life! I made it!
    The race volunteers and spectators were among the finest people I have ever met. They were there to take care of us the moment we set foot on the pavement.
    After this experience I am more determined than ever to lead a whole food plant based lifestyle and return in May for another chance at my pace goal.

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    melissalynn722 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first marathon, done in the city I love, organized by amazing people. I will run this marathon over and over. The course is fairly smooth and it … MORE

    This was my first marathon, done in the city I love, organized by amazing people. I will run this marathon over and over. The course is fairly smooth and it goes through many scenic parts of Buffalo. There also are many aid stations and I felt well supported by neighbors, spectators, and race volunteers.

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    bcipriani81 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great volunteers, course and aid stations! Race swag and medal, the best I've ever received! Amazing Crowd support gets you to the finish line! MORE

    Great volunteers, course and aid stations! Race swag and medal, the best I’ve ever received! Amazing Crowd support gets you to the finish line!

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    spmoriarty3 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Such good and supportive vibes the whole way… what an awesome race!! It was mostly flat but still difficult with the layout. Hardest part was how windy it was and … MORE

    Such good and supportive vibes the whole way… what an awesome race!! It was mostly flat but still difficult with the layout. Hardest part was how windy it was and running by the cherrios plant while they were making fruit loops🤤

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    reebsoa27 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course is flat and fast. I personally didn't do as well as I would have liked, however, being my very first marathon ever, I am glad it was in … MORE

    The course is flat and fast. I personally didn’t do as well as I would have liked, however, being my very first marathon ever, I am glad it was in Buffalo. The support on the course (as I was struggling) was immensely helpful!

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    cuzimcait REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race deserves all the shout-outs! The Buffalo Marathon Weekend is a very well coordinated and put together race. The moment you sign up you are kept in the know … MORE

    This race deserves all the shout-outs! The Buffalo Marathon Weekend is a very well coordinated and put together race. The moment you sign up you are kept in the know about what is going on. The race itself is amazing. The course takes you through some beautiful neighborhoods in the city of Buffalo. There are always spectators along the course cheering you on. You really feel the Buffalo “good neighbor” spirit at each turn during your race. The course is very well marked and they have plenty of volunteers/staff/police to make sure the course stays clear and safe. As you cross the finish there is plenty of cheers and an announcer who says your name and congratulates you on your amazing effort. After you receive your medal, the post race party is close by and you can go and refresh yourself with something cold to drink. Definitely recommend Buffalo Marathon/Half/5k to anyone who loves a good hometown race.

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    laurhaug601 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    From the start w the anthem and fireworks, huge flag set up to run under, course offers plenty of opportunities for spectators to see runners, senic areas of Buffalo, awesome … MORE

    From the start w the anthem and fireworks, huge flag set up to run under, course offers plenty of opportunities for spectators to see runners, senic areas of Buffalo, awesome crowd support and great post race (non-covid years) party!

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    lexi_gatto FIRST-TIMER '19

    Loved this race. First and only marathon so far but the course was fairly flat. You won’t find much better spectators! Convenient location for starting line. Awesome medals every year! … MORE

    Loved this race. First and only marathon so far but the course was fairly flat. You won’t find much better spectators! Convenient location for starting line. Awesome medals every year!

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    segeraci FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course is flat and wont make you dizzy, you get a lot of wind and beverages along they way. Totally doable and fun! I wish there was more cheering … MORE

    The course is flat and wont make you dizzy, you get a lot of wind and beverages along they way. Totally doable and fun! I wish there was more cheering along the way but its understandable since its begins at 6am, very early for bistanders unless you know someone running it. The volunteers were totally amazing though.

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    marybostwick525 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Buffalo Marathon is always a fan favorite and seems like a local homecoming to area runners. The event is extremely well run and swag is always ALWAYS amazing. I would … MORE

    Buffalo Marathon is always a fan favorite and seems like a local homecoming to area runners. The event is extremely well run and swag is always ALWAYS amazing. I would recommend this to anyone, even out of towners! Come do our race!

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    charlesflorczyk REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Flat, fast and most importantly well organized! From water stops to swag, they get it! Great neighborhoods, fans and pre and post race hype. This was my 14th full and … MORE

    Flat, fast and most importantly well organized! From water stops to swag, they get it! Great neighborhoods, fans and pre and post race hype. This was my 14th full and one of my favorite locations!

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    fraynebrandon REPEAT RUNNER '21

    The best part of this race was the accomplishments that are achieved, How much the volunteers and community comes together. What needs to be improved is the activities before and … MORE

    The best part of this race was the accomplishments that are achieved, How much the volunteers and community comes together.
    What needs to be improved is the activities before and after. We should have the biggest party at the starting line, then with the finish line and rest of race only a small get together. We have enough bars in buffalo that can get the party going. Save money for the charities we give to that weekend and keep cost down because not everyone will participate in activities after as well with some of them come and give their own to those charities already.
    I would recommend everyone to get down here and run this race, If your not going to run at least be in buffalo for this weekend. Countrymen/Cowboys bring the 🐃 to the race.

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    jessigraham16 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Honest and clear communication, encourages wide community supporters that cheer, course support is useful and present on foot and bike, safe at intersections. A perfect urban route! MORE

    Honest and clear communication, encourages wide community supporters that cheer, course support is useful and present on foot and bike, safe at intersections. A perfect urban route!

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