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Buffalo Marathon

ShellyL FIRST-TIMER '16

Buffalo Marathon

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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2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4
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Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon

Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon

The Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon is held in conjunction with a full marathon which share the same start and finish but split on the course. Held in December in the … MORE

The Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon is held in conjunction with a full marathon which share the same start and finish but split on the course. Held in December in the off-season, the race gives you a chance to see the scenic area without the tourist traffic, with plenty of options for nearby hotels and race-day parking. The course is almost entirely flat, and has an out and back section that goes in a trail area- think small rocks/stones and dirt roads. The race has a nice after-party, which unfortunately can be quite packed after the half ends.

The weather can change from year to year, but most participants find that they are comfortable in shorts and a short sleeve or long sleeve tech shirt.
To save money on this race- go to their website and join the Facebook group. Look for a special announcement on a 12/31 registration sale for the following year’s race. Also, if you are traveling in the area, there are plenty of things for non-runners (aka family members) to do while you are at the race. There is tax-free retail outlet shopping within five minutes of the race site.

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1
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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