Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and what better way to kick it off then a little jog of 26.2 miles! 

It's time for the Buffalo Marathon! The date is Sunday, May 26, and the race starts at 7 a.m. on Pearl Street, one block north of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The race finishes in front of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The 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. says all marathon, half marathon and relay team runners will receive the official Buffalo Marathon technical shirt, along with a race packet filled with free products and valuable coupons.

All marathon runners who finish under six hours will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal designed after the Buffalo nickel.

Fruit and refreshments will be provided for all runners at the finish line. An award ceremony and post-race party will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

There are few security changes being made this marathon in the wake of the tragedy in Boston, including Erie County Sheriff's deputies patrolling on foot and on horseback. Also, their Air One helicopter will be in flight in the area.

New this year, runners will not be allowed to bring any bags to the starting line, only items they will be carrying along with them while running. Look for extra security along with restricted access at the start and finish lines.

Good luck runners and have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!

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