Elite Runner Qualifications

To be considered for Elite Status, athletes must meet the applicable qualifying time, for the applicable event, within the past 12 months.  See qualifying times below.

Having met the qualifying time does not automatically qualify athlete for elite status. Athlete or designated agent/coach must apply in accordance with the instructions provided in the “To Apply for Elite Runner Status” section below. There are a limited number of openings within each elite class. Applications will be reviewed and athlete and/or agent will be notified of decision.



ELITE RUNNER QUALIFYING TIMES

Marathon

Half Marathon

Open Men

2:25

1:08

Open Women

2:55

1:22

Masters Men

2:40

1:15

Masters Women

3:10

1:30

Elite Runner Benefits and Awards

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Pasta Dinner; Saturday, May 27
  • Post Race Ceremony Lunch; Sunday, May 28
  • Awards and Prize Money

Note: The Buffalo Marathon does not pay for travel to and from Buffalo.

There will be no duplication of awards.

Should the first place winner of any category (Overall male, Overall female, Masters male, Masters female) break the existing course record in the full/half marathon, he/she will be paid $2,000 for the full and $1,000 for the half in addition to the awarded prize money.

Note: If a master runner breaks the open event record they will be eligible for the open record ONLY.  


To Apply for Elite Status

If the athlete has met the qualifying times shown above, please submit a request to eliterunners@buffalomarathon.com to apply for Elite Status.

 

NO ATHLETE WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ELITE STATUS WITHOUT A COMPLETE RUNNING BIO AS DESCRIBED HEREIN.

Attach a copy of a Complete Running Bio for the past three years, minimum, to current date. For each race, state event, where event was held, date of event, finish time and overall or masters finish place.

Include within the Bio, or in separate form, the following as well as any additional information that may help in the review process:

Athlete’s name, email address, mailing address, phone number, citizenship, sex, age, date of birth.

 

Notification of Decision

Athlete, agent or coach, as applicable, will be notified my email that request for entry in elite field has been either approved or disapproved. Information regarding hotel reservations will be included. Each approved athlete will receive a unique elite entry code. Athlete will then be instructed to register online using their unique code.

 

Question and Requests for Additional Information

Before requesting general information, please review all sections of the Buffalo Marathon Website. If you still have questions or need additional information, please contact eliterunners@buffalomarathon.com.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BUFFALO MARATHON DOES NOT PROVIDE INVITATION LETTERS.  EACH ATHLETE IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A REQUEST IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES DESCRIBED HEREIN.