About The Buffalo Erie Marathon Association


To promote and encourage better understanding among the members and general public as to the related health benefits and competitive aspects of marathoning.


To promote interest in marathoning including the organization and conducting of marathon events which would be of competitive nature: to give and promote entertainment, lectures, social affairs, award ceremonies, exhibitions, races and fun runs; to promote participation in civic events and issue general information bulletins relating to said activities.


We strive to have a positive impact on the local  and surrounding communities in New York by giving back. 

To that end the race has made donations to other not for profits in the community.  In the past 4 years alone we have given back more than $270,000 the below organizations

Below is a partial list of the groups that have received the monies from the Buffalo Marathon.

Neurofibromatosis Northeast (NF Northeast) is a non-profit charity based in Boston, and covers the five New England states and NY. Their mission is to serve families with NF by giving them support and knowledge. They raise funds in all 6 states and use the money to sponsor research, spread awareness, cover operating expenses, provide scholarships, and send kids to an NF Camp in Virginia.

Many of you will recognize Leah Manth as the face of NF2 here in Western New York. Last year she participated in the Buffalo Half Marathon! Every year, Leah's family members and friends participate in the Buffalo Marathon or help with volunteering. The Buffalo Marathon is proud to give back NF2 again this year!

To assist individuals with disabilities participate in the sports: running, cycling and swimming. This is accomplished by providing adaptive equipment, training opportunities, race support, guides/handlers and a triathlon club. 

The 2017 RFTWC Youth Para Multi sport Camp will be held from August 21st to 25th in Lancaster, NY.  The day camp will host 20 local youth athletes ranging in age from 10-15 years old.  Athletes will learn techniques in running, cycling and swimming.  Adaptive equipment will be provided for individuals to use if needed.  Camp will culminate with a race for camp participants to showcase all their new skills.  There will be a post race party and a camp awards ceremony.  The multi-day clinic is USAT sanctioned and insured. 

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girl’s ages 8-13 years old. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our program is offered throughout WNY every fall and spring. Running is used as an activity to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment. At the end of each season, with the support from family, friends, coaches, running buddies and volunteers, the girls complete a celebratory, non-competitive 5K event. Girls on the Run of Buffalo is proud to support the John Beishline Memorial 5k as the official volunteer group. We fondly remember John Beishline and Tom Donnelly who guided the Girls on the Run 5k since its inception. We will be enthusiastically cheering everyone on in true Girls on the Run spirit….and remember the finish line is just the beginning!

Yogis in Service (YIS) is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing yoga, and the
associated skills for stress management and cultivating well-being, to those who
would not otherwise have access. Specifically, YIS’s primary aim is to provide yoga
instruction to Buffalo community members who do not have access to yoga.  All of our classes are free of charge to participants. Our funding comes from donations, grants, and proceeds from sales of your YIS gear.

The Police Athletic League is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) created to provide children with leadership, direction, and opportunity by affording them structured, supervised, and organized activities, opportunities, and programs in a climate which they can accomplish individual and common goals; enabling them to become responsible, successful adults.
The PAL, through open gym programs at seven Community Centers in Buffalo, provides neighborhood kids with the opportunity of interacting with other area youths in a safe and supervised venue. In addition to open gym and game room activities, Community Center Supervisors organize flag football, basketball, and other programs, set up arts and craft projects, schedule bowling and pool parties and other fun and educational excursion to sporting events, cultural attractions, or field trips to interesting and unique places.
Baseball and Basketball Leagues and Camps and Clinics are open to youth throughout Western New York and interaction between teams from all over Erie County and beyond offers a unique opportunity for some kids to build relationships and learn to get along with people outside of their own environment. Athletic enrichment is only one aspect of PAL programming. The larger issue is to help each child develop life skills in setting goals and working hard to achieve them therefore, PAL has placed a greater emphasis on educational programming to complement the athletic and recreational endeavors.

Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team Red, White, and Blue is a non-for-profit organization with a local chapter here in Buffalo, NY. Their chapters and communities deliver consistent local opportunities for veterans and the community. They host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and participate in local races and events together. Veterans can also develop their leadership skills by serving as a volunteer leader in their local chapter. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. The Buffalo, NY Chapter is comprised of more than 500 veterans, service men and women, as well as civilians. This year the Buffalo Marathon has created a special category, the "Stars and Stripes Relay," specifically for Team RWB. These four member teams must complete the 26.2 mile course while carrying our Nation's Flag. Team RWB is more than an organization, it is a family. Everyone supports one another with a commitment to honoring those that have served.

Hospice Buffalo provides medical care, emotional and spiritual support services to assist patients and their families facing serious, progressive illness. We help patients and their families to maintain independence and comfort during a serious illness. Hospice Buffalo has a team of compassionate professionals who make home visits to assist in the care of your loved one. We also have hospice care available in more than 40 area nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Erie County. Clinical studies show that hospice patients, on average, live longer than similar patients who don’t choose hospice care. All hospice care, and all medications and equipment related to the patient’s hospice care, are fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. Donations raised through the Buffalo Marathon support patient care.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center, and is the only comprehensive cancer center in WNY. When you support Roswell Park Cancer Institute, your gift has tremendous impact on cancer research and patient care. Roswell Park is home to world-class research and renowned physicians, and serves more than 30,000 patients each year. Your gift allows us to accelerate the start of new research needed to help save lives. Your gifts also help provide programs to assist patients through their cancer journey. Supporting Roswell Park also has an impact that reaches farther than ever: initial lab research fueled by your generosity allows every dollar donated to generate an additional thirteen dollars in new grant funding.

Boys on the Right Track, 501 (c) (3) hopes to inspire boys through fun games and activities and of course, running. They will learn how to be comfortable being themselves, how to build healthy relationships and to live an active lifestyle.  Boys will learn how to communicate more effectively, how to handle peer pressure, celebrate diversity, conflict resolution and therefore will instill greater self-esteem and self-confidence.  As a result, they will be empowered to choose healthier behaviors and assist those in the community.

Kevin Guest House is America's first independent healthcare hospitality house, providing a comfortable and supportive home away from home for patients and families traveling to Buffalo for critical medical care. In their 45th year of service, they are in the midst of their first ever expansion campaign to double their occupancy and provide handicap accessibility for the first time. Hear directly from their guests in this short video: https://vimeo.com/189401827