Overall Rating
Overall Rating (18 Reviews)
4.1
(18 Ratings)(18 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.1
SWAG
3.1
Voted one of the most scenic courses with every race distance following the Niagara River and ending at the majestic Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border. The Marathon is truly international with the start at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY. The Half, 10K and 5K distances … MORE
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    laearle FIRST-TIMER '17

    I loved this race as my first. It was flat and uncomplicated. The water stations we nicely manned and the bus pickup was smooth. Having Niagara Falls as a backdrop … MORE

    I loved this race as my first. It was flat and uncomplicated. The water stations we nicely manned and the bus pickup was smooth. Having Niagara Falls as a backdrop was beautiful. Not a lot of spectators along the route but the finish line had many people cheering. Overall great and memorable experience.

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    MRidley FIRST-TIMER '17

    The course was nice and flat with a beautiful view. The parking was very easy and plentiful, close to the start. Very well organized🏃‍♀️☺️ MORE

    The course was nice and flat with a beautiful view. The parking was very easy and plentiful, close to the start. Very well organized🏃‍♀️☺️

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    dfaingold REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Tje course is beautiful and the race very different. You get transported to Biffalo to start the race, it starts late at 19am. Crossing the border bridge into Canada is … MORE

    Tje course is beautiful and the race very different. You get transported to Biffalo to start the race, it starts late at 19am. Crossing the border bridge into Canada is exilarating, then is when our race started running by the lake with a strong wind on our face most of the time. It wasnt the right day for a personal best so may best enjoyed it. The organization along the course is great and the finish line amazing

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    marathonstar FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was smaller than I thought it would be. I was expecting more people to be running in it, that was probably a good thing though. The expo was … MORE

    This race was smaller than I thought it would be. I was expecting more people to be running in it, that was probably a good thing though. The expo was very small. Getting to the start of the half was easy because of the buses. No food at the start of the half marathon. The course is easy and very flat. Being from Florida the weather was perfect for me, 75 degrees at the start. This is a good race if you are looking for a nice vacation with a race involved.

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    rinabhagat80 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I participated in the 5k, race kit pick up was very disappointing, there was 0 swag, and they only gave out 2 safety pins, on a windy day having a … MORE

    I participated in the 5k, race kit pick up was very disappointing, there was 0 swag, and they only gave out 2 safety pins, on a windy day having a bib flapping around is very annoying.
    How can you not budget having enough safety pins knowing how many people registered for the race?
    The finishing tent was a disappointment, there was beer advertised but when I finished there was nothing in the tent.
    And here’s where this race completely lost me as a future participant, my husband was in the half and had an injury at the 6km marker, he made it to the nearest water/aid station and they said there was nothing they could do. I was already at the finish line since I did the 5k, I talked to the paramedics and they said they would not be able to go out there, and that he should UBER it or taxi it back! I don’t know who races with a credit card or money to pay for a taxi! So from the finish I had to go pick up my car and drive out 16km to pick him up.
    There were emails from race organizers saying if you had to drop out that they’d send a wagon, but this was clearly incorrect info!

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    hollisbcarlton FIRST-TIMER '17

    I really enjoyed this race. It was well organized and there was a good number of runners - not crowded but still enough runners to feel that race energy. The … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race. It was well organized and there was a good number of runners – not crowded but still enough runners to feel that race energy. The course was beautiful as you run along the Niagara River and run along the falls. Residents of the area came out to cheer. I expect I’ll be doing this one again.

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    H.Levitzky REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Race pick up kits: disappointing to have to pay for parking at Scotia Bank Convention Center and lack of swag VERY disappointing. Had a first ever half marathoner with me. … MORE

    Race pick up kits: disappointing to have to pay for parking at Scotia Bank Convention Center and lack of swag VERY disappointing. Had a first ever half marathoner with me. Water stations great, scenery awesome, volunteers amazing. After race there was nowhere to stretch, over-crowded with tourists. Medals are cheesy. I have run races where the medals are lovely necklaces, wine stopper, something useful that won’t end up in the garbage.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Beautiful course. Last year I got a pb in the half, and this year a pb 10k. This is my race! ................................................................................................................................................................................................. MORE

    Beautiful course. Last year I got a pb in the half, and this year a pb 10k. This is my race! ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Jenlovestorun FIRST-TIMER '14

    Breath-taking run along the mighty Niagara River; fun bus ride from Canada into Buffalo, NY; ended almost right at the Falls; my favorite so far MORE

    Breath-taking run along the mighty Niagara River; fun bus ride from Canada into Buffalo, NY; ended almost right at the Falls; my favorite so far

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    jillcgross FIRST-TIMER '17

    Breakfast run was fun, shuttles and expo very organized, AMAZING volunteers. This race isn't for me. The scenery got very boring with very few turns and zero crowd support. Very … MORE

    Breakfast run was fun, shuttles and expo very organized, AMAZING volunteers. This race isn’t for me. The scenery got very boring with very few turns and zero crowd support. Very lonely. Aid stations were few and far between (especially on a very humid day) and they served VERY watered down Nuun. I drink Nuun at home so I know what it’s supposed to rate like. The late start makes for a hot race which isn’t for me. The crossing into Canada was very lack-luster. If you are looking for a flat straight course, ok with minimal water and don’t need crowd support this is for you. If you need to be stimulated, Ned crowd support and like to stay hydrated skip it.

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    markmcBrayer FIRST-TIMER '17

    beautiful place , but the aids stations needs more.. due to warm weather... because several stations ran out of water late in race for back of pack runners... i bring … MORE

    beautiful place , but the aids stations needs more.. due to warm weather… because several stations ran out of water late in race for back of pack runners… i bring my own next time…

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    sandragamio FIRST-TIMER '17

    The course scenery was amazing!! That by itself makes it completely worth every penny and every km ran/walked. With that said, everything else was also amazing. The organization rocked, everything … MORE

    The course scenery was amazing!! That by itself makes it completely worth every penny and every km ran/walked. With that said, everything else was also amazing. The organization rocked, everything seemed to be running smoothly: registration, date ,change, packet pickup, the expo, the volunteers, the shuttles, etc. I loved it! The course was perfectly marked and water stations were perfectly spaced. The finish area was great, too. I even got a free massage! Loved everything about this race and will probably do it again.

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    elmcfrog85 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first marathon. The course was beautiful and scenic. They give a 6 hour time limit, however if you’re slower (like me), there may not be water at … MORE

    This was my first marathon. The course was beautiful and scenic. They give a 6 hour time limit, however if you’re slower (like me), there may not be water at all the water stations by the time you get there. One of the stations at around mile 18 or so had the electrolyte drink but no water. Running in 3 countries was very cool and volunteers were all nice and very energetic. I don’t like many runners around on a course so this was a great race for that. Not crowded so you won’t be dodging people. However, if you’re someone who needs crowds cheering through your the race, this marathon isn’t for you. There were many miles where there were just a few runners around. The finish is downhill!! And I loved how, at the finish, the announcer announced the name of each runner crossing the finish line. That was special, especially this being my first marathon. And you finish at the falls! I’d recommend as long as you can be ok being kinda on your own at points!

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    The half marathon starts at the halfway point of the marathon so the aid stations are often out of supplies like gels. This year two aid stations in a row … MORE

    The half marathon starts at the halfway point of the marathon so the aid stations are often out of supplies like gels. This year two aid stations in a row near the end of the race were out of water!!!

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    ibclc1972 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race start at the art gallery. Route is flat and finishes at the falls. Smaller race so lots of stretches with no spectators. Not enough....any.. medical support on course. … MORE

    Great race start at the art gallery. Route is flat and finishes at the falls. Smaller race so lots of stretches with no spectators. Not enough….any.. medical support on course. Decent finish area. Transportation to race start was sketchy..drivers had no idea where to go

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    LauraChrystine REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This is one of the flatest races I've done so it's a great choice if you're looking for a PB. The route is beautiful - I found the scenery distracted … MORE

    This is one of the flatest races I’ve done so it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a PB. The route is beautiful – I found the scenery distracted me from the distance. There isn’t much crowd support at the beginning, but by the time you finish there’ll be lots of people cheering you along. I’m already signed up to do this race again.

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    qthubby REPEAT RUNNER '15

    There is no race with a finish quite like Niagara Falls. The scenery for the whole race is such an amazing experience. It really is a class race. From the … MORE

    There is no race with a finish quite like Niagara Falls. The scenery for the whole race is such an amazing experience. It really is a class race. From the Expo, to the volunteers to the swag to the actual race it has all you could ask for. A wonderful running experience.

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    Marinaw262 FIRST-TIMER '14

    It is a cool touch that this race starts in one country and ends in another, although this means all passports must be checked at the expo as well as … MORE

    It is a cool touch that this race starts in one country and ends in another, although this means all passports must be checked at the expo as well as race morning at the border crossing, which takes some time. Luckily, the race doesn’t start until 10AM 🙂 The border crossing is a unique experience. Most of the race is run through the streets of Buffalo, NY neighborhoods. The weather is good and chilly this time of year. The finish line is a little before the falls, and the easy walk to the shuttle gives a good view of the falls then only. I wish there had been more Falls views on the course. The border crossing and proximity to the falls are the best part of the race.

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