Thousands Run In Buffalo Marathon

September 27, 2013 Updated May 31, 2010 at 7:21 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming


Thousands Run In Buffalo Marathon

September 27, 2013 Updated May 31, 2010 at 7:21 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) When the gun sounded at 7am, thousands of runners from across Western New York, with visitors from all over, took off on Huron Street past the Hyatt Hotel for the Buffalo Marathon.

Here are the top results for reach category.

Open Male Mohammed Awol 2:19:03 Ethiopia
Masters Male Jim Park 2:44:18 Buffalo, NY
Open Female Amy Frazier 3:09:32 East Amherst, NY
Masters Female Zarah Dehnashi 3:21:03 Mississaugua, Ontario

Half Marathon
Open Male Chris Walters 1:10:46 Tonawanda, NY
Masters Male James Derrick 1:14:03 Big Falls, NY
Open Female Shakeia Wright 1:17:23 West Henrietta, NY
Masters Female Brenda Spillman 1:31:24 Buffalo, NY

Fastest Team
Master Coed
Grovers/Checkers AC 2:47:14
Don Seitz
Amy Fakterowitz
Bob Merritt
Guy George

WKBW Eyewitness News
4:23:20 average 10:04 pace
8th place out of 8

Traffic on some downtown streets and the course routes were re-routed. The New York State Thruway Authority closed the Exit 4 (Smith Street) northbound and southbound off ramps along I-190 until 10a.m.

The marathon passed the Porter Avenue Ramp, on Porter Avenue, at approximately 7:15 a.m. State Police monitored traffic at Exit 9 and assisted Buffalo Police on Porter Avenue to ensure there are no back-ups onto the mainline I-190.

Buffalo Police, Erie Count Sheriff's and volunteers helped keep runners moving and traffic flowing as the morning progressed. The race course took runners through the Waterfront Village, down South Park, back up Exchange Street, then up to Delaware Park near the Zoo, and back down to finish at the Buffalo Convention Center.

Channel 7's Ginger Geoffery, Jennifer Stanonis, Patrick Taney, and John Di Sciullo joined runners in the "Relay" portion of the event, where each runner took a 10K portion of the race. Watch for coverage on "Eyewitness News" and online at

Here is more from the official website of the Buffalo Marathon:
Marathon Start Time: 7:00AM
Half Marathon Start Time: 7:00AM
4-Person Relay Start Time: 7:00AM
Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay events all start at the same time, in the same area.

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 receive a commemorative finisher's medal. All half marathon runners who finish receive a commemorative finisher's medal.

Post race fruit and refreshments will be provided for all runners at the finish line.

The Half Marathon
The Buffalo Half Marathon will start with the marathon, and travel the first half of the marathon course. The course map is available online and provided in your race packet.

The Marathon Relay
Each team must have four runners. See application for relay categories. The first three runners on each team run 10K while the anchor leg runner finishes with 12K. The top three team in each category will receive four individual trophies.

Bus Transportation
Relay team transportation will be provided on buses departing on Pearl Street next to the Hyatt Hotel. Buses will be marked with signage indicating the relay point destination. Buses will also be available to take the relay runners back to the finish after they complete their leg. Further details will be provided in your race packet. It is not recommended that you bring any gear with you to leave on the bus, as we cannot be responsible for its safe return.

Marathon Course Assistance
Water and Gatorade will be available every two miles beginning at mile 3 and relay points, and there will be a power gel station near 15 miles. Professional medical assistance will be available throughout the entire race, with fully staffed medical area at the finish line. Toilets will be available near the start, at the 10K and 20K marks and at the finish.

The course will officially close at 12 noon. Runners who have not made it to the halfway point in 2 1/2 hours will be asked to finish the marathon on the sidewalks. Those remaining on the course after noon will be required to finish on the sidewalks if they wish to complete the distance. No bicycles, baby joggers or roller blades will be allowed on the course.

The Buffalo Marathon Association Presents:
Course Record Challenge '10
We are very pleased to announce that again in 2010 the Buffalo Marathon Association has established the following cash bonuses for breaking our existing course records.

The following will be paid to the first place male and female and first place male and female master should they break the existing event records:

$1,000. will be awarded for breaking either of the two open event records:
Men - 2:17:55 (Jacob Chamar, 2007)
Women - 2:42:44 (Elena Orlova, 2009)

$1,000. will be awarded for breaking either of the two masters event records:
Men - 2:29:24 (Dr. David O’Keeffe, 2001)
Women - 2:57:32 (Leslie J.Carson, 2004)

Ideal Weather
Our weather is one of our most desirable features. Buffalo is very moderate at this time of year, making for ideal marathon running conditions. The average temperature for May 30 is 61ºF/16ºC. The average high is 70ºF/21ºC. The average low is 51ºF/10ºC.

Post-race Party and Awards Ceremony:
Award ceremony, food, beverage and music from 8:30am thru 3pm. Awards for the Half Marathon presented at 9:30am, and the Marathon presented at 11:30 am. The post-race party and awards ceremony will be held at the Buffalo Convention Center, next to the finish line. A location map will be included in your race packet.

Official Race Hotel:
Hyatt Hotel
Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202

Conveniently located within walking distance of both the start and finish. The Hyatt Hotel will be offering special Buffalo Marathon weekend rates, if available.

For further information, call John Beishline at (716) 694-5154 or e-mail us at