In 2013 we lost John Beishline the long time Race Director of the Buffalo Marathon.  His unwavering support and guidance has helped not only the Marathon see growth, but also other races that he was involved with in our region. Thousands of runners have enjoyed taking part in his races, and will continue to do so in the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his loved ones always.

In is memory in 2014 we held the first John Beishline Memorial 5k prior to the start of the marathon.

In 2014 a mere 11 month’s after John’s passing we lost our new race Director Tom Donnelly un-expectantly.  Tom helped John grow the marathon and it was his idea to create the 5k in John’s memory.

In 2015 we are launching the Donnelly challenge.  We are challenging all marathoners to run both the 5k on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday.   Those that complete the challenge will have a special award mailed to them.

We are working out the details of the award now so please check back.

This race will be capped at 1500 runners this year so register early. 

Entry Fee

$25 through January 1, 2015 
$25 Jan. 2 - Apr. 1, 2015 
$25 Apr. 2 - May 1, 2015
$30 May 2 - End of Online Reg., 2015
$35 At expo on May 23, 2015
$40 Day of Race on May 24 between 5:30 am - 6:30 am

Note: Register by February 1, receive a free premium running item that will indicate "I'm Training for the Buffalo Marathon.".

Packet Pickup 

Packet pickup is race morning only from 6:30am till 8:15am. The race will start at 8:30am sharp.  Race day registration will be available. 

Full/Half Packet pickup will NOT be available until 9:00am when the expo opens. 

All 5K runners will receive

  •  Official 5K technical shirt
  • Post Race Party Immediately Following
  • Age Group Awards



John Beishline 5k cert #NY14042JG