We are saddened to share that Buffalo Marathon Race Director Tom Donnelly passed away unexpectedly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
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All Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and relay team runners will receive the official Buffalo Marathon technical shirt along with a race packet filled with free products and valuable coupons. Post race fruit and refreshments will be provided for all runners at the finish line.
The Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay teams all start at 7 a.m., in the same starting area. The John Beishline Memorail 5k starts at 6:45 at the corner of Pearl and Huron.
All marathon runners who finish under six hours receive a commemorative finisher's medal designed after the Buffalo Nickel. All half marathon runners who finish receive a similar commemorative finisher's medal.
Marathon pace groups
Again this year, the Buffalo Marathon will be providing official marathon and half marathon pace teams, that will assist runners in staying at their desired marathon or half marathon goal pace. We plan to have pacers to meet marathon goal times between 3:10 - 5:00 (in ten minute increments) and half marathon times of 1:35 - 2:30 (in five minute increments.)
Official Pace Team members will be easily identified at the start of the race as they will be wearing bright green Buffalo Marathon tech shirts with “PACER” clearly printed across the back of the shirt. In addition, affixed on the back of the shirt, beneath the “PACER” imprint will be a bib specifying a half marathon finishing time in yellow and a marathon finishing time in white. At the start of the race, please look for the pacer that has the marathon or half marathon finishing time that you desire.
Other weekend features include:
The Buffalo Marathon Expo
Held at the Buffalo Convention Center on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-race Pasta Dinner
NEW THIS YEAR - SEATING TIMES FOR THE PRE-RACE PASTA DINNER
Due to the continued growth of Pasta Dinner registrants, this year we using scheduled seating times for dinner. Reservations are available in half hour increments beginning at 4 p.m. on a first come, first-served basis. Make your reservations at Packet Pick-Up on Saturday, May, 24th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition, all guest tickets must be purchased in advance either on-line or at Packet Pick-Up, as there will be no tickets available for purchase at the door this year.
Look for the separate Pasta Dinner table at Packet Pick-Up where you can 1) Select your preferred seating time frame (once again, please note that this on a first come, first-served basis), 2) Pay for guests attending (if you haven't already done so in advance), and 3) Get your meal ticket(s) with a location map on the back of the ticket.
Thanks for your support of the 2014 Buffalo Marathon and we look to seeing you at the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner on Saturday, May 23 , at St. Anthony's Church Banquet Hall, 160 Court Street, behind City Hall, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please feel free to contact Jen Foti, Pasta Dinner Coordinator, at email@example.com, if you have questions or need additional information. The meal is free to all registered runners with a $5 charge for guests. Enjoy a delicious pre-race meal, including pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, cookies, and refreshments, in the company of fellow runners and their families. A meal ticket with location map will be available at Packet Pick-Up.
Enthusiastic volunteers are also needed to assist with the dinner between the hours of 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and complimentary pasta dinner. To volunteer or for more information, contact Jen Foti, Pasta Dinner Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-race Party and Awards Ceremony
An award ceremony and post race party featuring food, beverages and music from 7:30 AM thru 3PM. Awards for the 5k presented at 8 AM, the Half Marathon presented at 10 AM, and the Marathon presented at 11:30 PM. The post-race party and awards ceremony will be held at the Buffalo Convention Center, located next to the finish line. Please note: Breakfast items will be served for all 5k runners, and pizza and beer will not be available until after 9:30 a.m.
If you receive an award and you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, we will mail your award to you.
A FREE fun run on Saturday, May 24 beginning at 2 p.m. in front of the Convention Center, for kids 2 - 12. This event includes refreshments and chocolate finisher medals for all. Sign up by the doors of the Expo, beginning at 1 p.m. NEW THIS YEAR...different race distances for varying age groups. Categories will be broken down as follows: 2 years-5 years, 6 years-9 years, 10 years-12 years. Bring your camera to capture the fun.
Buffalo has Ideal Weather for running
Our weather is one of our most desirable features. Buffalo is very moderate at this time of year, making for ideal marathon running conditions. The average temperature for May 24 is 61ºF/16ºC. The average high is 70ºF/21ºC. The average low is 51ºF/10ºC.
It’s a Fast, SCENIC Course
Again this year, our course is fast and scenic, showcasing the beauty of Western New York’s waterfront. It highlights some of our friendliest neighborhoods, finest architecture and famous Olmsted parks. If you are attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon or looking for a personal best, this is the race. Split times will be provided at the 10k, 13.1 mile, 20k and 30k marks.