Overall Rating
Overall Rating (20 Reviews)
4.6
(20 Ratings)(20 Reviews)
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2.7
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4.2
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.5
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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    slm4508 FIRST-TIMER '14

    Fast, flat, great crowd support! This is one you'll want to more than once. Buffalo is fun area - worth the trip. Spring weather - comfortable temp! MORE

    Fast, flat, great crowd support! This is one you’ll want to more than once. Buffalo is fun area – worth the trip. Spring weather – comfortable temp!

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    kevparm REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race takes you on a scenic course that starts in downtown Buffalo before winding through various neighborhoods. The half marathon ends back where you started but not before a … MORE

    This race takes you on a scenic course that starts in downtown Buffalo before winding through various neighborhoods. The half marathon ends back where you started but not before a run along buffalos waterfront. Although this race is Memorial Day weekend it is early enough that you have the rest of the day to enjoy the post race festivities on time with your family.

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    GlennLankowski REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Easy before race morning- parking-bag check in. Would have liked more of the restrooms open in the convention center for before the race. There were a lot of porta potties … MORE

    Easy before race morning- parking-bag check in. Would have liked more of the restrooms open in the convention center for before the race. There were a lot of porta potties but who wouldn’t prefer a real restroom over one of those? After race party is hands down one of the best! Plenty of beer to be had. Really like that it is inside with lots of seats and tables. Music is also a bonus

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    annalward FIRST-TIMER '19

    We stayed at the Embassy Hotel which was less than half mile from the start and finish. It made for an amazing run-cation! We were able to walk to and … MORE

    We stayed at the Embassy Hotel which was less than half mile from the start and finish. It made for an amazing run-cation! We were able to walk to and from the after party 🍻 I love the city of Buffalo ❤️

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    thecroces8302 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon. It was a relatively flat course, and the support from volunteers, first responders and the City of Buffalo was top-notch. It made me proud to … MORE

    This was my first marathon. It was a relatively flat course, and the support from volunteers, first responders and the City of Buffalo was top-notch. It made me proud to be a Buffalonian!

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    briannevogan REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Great race. City is easy to get around, park, and leave. Swag is awesome. City is fantastic to run through with different things to see-neighborhoods, Lake Erie. Pacers are fantastic. … MORE

    Great race. City is easy to get around, park, and leave. Swag is awesome. City is fantastic to run through with different things to see-neighborhoods, Lake Erie. Pacers are fantastic. Good police presence.

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    JoeW REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Great race through most of Buffalo. Super flat with a lot of tree lined streets. Great landmarks along the course - Frank Lloyd Wright - designed houses, Delaware park and … MORE

    Great race through most of Buffalo. Super flat with a lot of tree lined streets. Great landmarks along the course – Frank Lloyd Wright – designed houses, Delaware park and a lot miles along the new waterfront. And Super Mario. Third time running this race. Great time.

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    meaghanmurray08 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great race support, volunteer support was amazing race was set up well. More than enough water/fuel stops. Expo was fun, many vendors. Very organized. Half/full split was well marked, course … MORE

    Great race support, volunteer support was amazing race was set up well. More than enough water/fuel stops. Expo was fun, many vendors. Very organized. Half/full split was well marked, course is historic through the city. First name listed in bib so crowd can say your name that’s a nice touch. Lastly, the shirt and medal are both amazing very memorable race! Will certainly run again.

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    This is a nice, fast course with a lot of support! My previous marathon was a poor experience, and I was sure I wouldn’t try again. This race has me … MORE

    This is a nice, fast course with a lot of support! My previous marathon was a poor experience, and I was sure I wouldn’t try again. This race has me setting new goals, and running faster so next year I can break 4 hours. Great work!

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    vparthur2002 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great course support, friendly people. Huge party afterward in doors! Great medal. I really enjoyed this course. Similar feel to the Boilermaker in Utica, NY MORE

    Great course support, friendly people. Huge party afterward in doors! Great medal. I really enjoyed this course. Similar feel to the Boilermaker in Utica, NY

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    Alison FIRST-TIMER '19

    Scenic course - beware to run the tangents as the curves can add to your mileage, Enjoyed the lack of steep hills. Loved the fireworks at the start. Appreciated good … MORE

    Scenic course – beware to run the tangents as the curves can add to your mileage, Enjoyed the lack of steep hills. Loved the fireworks at the start. Appreciated good support on route and nifty cap as age group award.

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    glaurieousrun REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This event is so well done, and gets better every year. The race organizers really care about the community and the runners that they are hosting. I will come back … MORE

    This event is so well done, and gets better every year. The race organizers really care about the community and the runners that they are hosting. I will come back year after year!

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    janaegar FIRST-TIMER '19

    Go into the race with reasonable expectations. Expect the start and finish line to be filled with adrenaline and excitement. This is a great race for anyone looking to challenge … MORE

    Go into the race with reasonable expectations. Expect the start and finish line to be filled with adrenaline and excitement. This is a great race for anyone looking to challenge themselves. Everyone that I met who was running the race was extremely kid and supportive.

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    gshdjf FIRST-TIMER '19

    The whole Buffalo Marathon weekend experience was fantastic! I ran the 5K and then watched my friends run the Half the next day. Communication and logistics by the race organizers … MORE

    The whole Buffalo Marathon weekend experience was fantastic! I ran the 5K and then watched my friends run the Half the next day. Communication and logistics by the race organizers was excellent throughout, and the courses were mostly flat and had great scenery. The volunteers posted along the course were helpful and supportive and made the race a great experience! I’m looking forward to returning to Buffalo to run again next year.

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    efooshee FIRST-TIMER '19

    Lots of locals cheering as you go by. Great on the course support. Great communication before and after race. Awesome swag and food post race. MORE

    Lots of locals cheering as you go by. Great on the course support. Great communication before and after race. Awesome swag and food post race.

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    sbakkenh FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Buffalo Marathon was my first half marathon and overall I thought the way the course was set up was great for a first timer, relatively flat terrain bands playing … MORE

    The Buffalo Marathon was my first half marathon and overall I thought the way the course was set up was great for a first timer, relatively flat terrain bands playing at different mile stops and excellently set up. Doing the full Buffalo Marathon next year.

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    dojishatan FIRST-TIMER '19

    A well produced race that is flat and scenic. Bring friend and family there are places where the course loops close to other points so they can cheer you on … MORE

    A well produced race that is flat and scenic.
    Bring friend and family there are places where the course loops close to other points so they can cheer you on multiple times. Also the post race party is spectator friendly.

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    ellkylie4 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Loved this race! The scenery was great and the course was very flat. The shirts they gave us for running were very nice zip ups. Everything was super organized from … MORE

    Loved this race! The scenery was great and the course was very flat. The shirts they gave us for running were very nice zip ups. Everything was super organized from the packet pickup to the line up in the morning

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    d-dellifield FIRST-TIMER '17

    I train alone so the lack of crowds, especially in the back half was not an issue for me, but heads up there are not tons of spectators. The pacers … MORE

    I train alone so the lack of crowds, especially in the back half was not an issue for me, but heads up there are not tons of spectators. The pacers who took care of us in the four hour range were great, very personable and encouraging. If able, I’ll be back.

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    ShellyL FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is a nice race. The expo is moderate in size with typical vendors. Packet pick up at the expo was easy. It was held in the Buffalo Niagra Convention … MORE

    This is a nice race. The expo is moderate in size with typical vendors. Packet pick up at the expo was easy. It was held in the Buffalo Niagra Convention Center, which is also where the start and finish line areas are located. Race shirt this year was a long sleeve 3/4 zip with an embroidered logo.
    This is a marathon and a half marathon. Both start at the same time, in the same location. This year there were about 7,000 runners. There is also a 5k the day before, but I didn’t run that race.
    The starting line festivities culminated with fireworks and we were off. The course is nice, running along the waterfront and through a marina, parks and numerous neighborhoods. There was a lot of support from the locals, who were cheering and had additional aid stations set up. The weather was hot and humid, more so than typical for this time of year in Buffalo. Many of the residents turned on hoses and sprinklers to allow the runners to cool down.
    The roads were well controlled by police/sheriff and volunteers but they were not 100% closed to traffic. They would allow cars to go through at gaps.
    Because most people run the half, once they split off, the amount of people around you diminishes. This is good because you have more room, but can feel rather lonely when you’re out there “all alone”. The most disheartening time was when you reach mile 12.5, the half marathoners peel off to the finish and marathoners take a right turn into the 2nd half. It was a harsh reality that they were done and we weren’t even half completed.
    The finish line was sparse. Volunteers placed your medal and they handed out bottle openers in the shape of a buffalo. The only refueling items that were immediately available was water, Gatorade, orange slices and half bananas. I didn’t realize it, but there was beer and pizza inside the convention center. I would like to see more snacks offered immediately (chips, pretzels, snack bars, etc.).
    Overall, a good race, nice course, good support. I could see where it would be a good place to PR, if the weather cooperates. Not sure I would go back because it is a long drive, but if I lived local to Buffalo, I would surely do it again.

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