Thousands of runners will descend on downtown Buffalo's streets early Sunday, meaning vehicles will have limited access to roads for a good part of the morning. Be prepared to adjust driving routes accordingly.
Here are some bits of information and advice for those looking to attend or avoid Sunday's foot traffic:
What time does the race start?
The full, half and relay marathon races all begin at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Franklin and Huron streets, but expect surrounding streets to be packed with racers for hours before the gun sounds. Runners will swarm the starting line to warm up. Registrants who waited until the last minute to pick up their bibs will be grabbing their race packets beginning at 5:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St.
When will the race end?
According to the official Buffalo Marathon website, "marathon runners who finish under six hours will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal," meaning runners could feasibly be occupying race-designated roads until at least 1 p.m. A post-race award ceremony party will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Which roads will be closed and for how long?
Here's what the marathon website has to say about that:
"Course will be closed for traffic for 3 hours at the half way point. Any participants planning to take longer than 6 hours for the marathon should bring a course map and hydration with them and finish on the sidewalks."
Here's an image of the full and half marathon race routes that ran in Friday's edition of The Buffalo News:
Where can I go to watch the race?
Marathon organizers were kind enough to list their picks for best spots to watch within walking distance of the starting lines:
- Pearl Street and Court Street
- Niagara Square
- Erie Street and Marine Drive, near 4.5-, 6- and 12-mile markers
To watch by car, go to:
- Meadow Road and Nottingham Parkway
- Hertel and Wellington avenues
- Delaware Avenue at North Street