Niagara Falls International Marathon

The annual Niagara Falls International Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier and takes place October 29, 2016 offering a series of races for participants to choose from including a 2K, 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Full Marathon and Schools Challenge. The Marathon is a fast, downhill, scenic, point-to-point course from Buffalo, NY to Niagara Falls, ON crossing the Peace Bridge. Participants will run along the beautiful Niagara Parkway, voted as the most scenic course in Ontario in 2012. The 2K, 5K and 10K offer an out and back loop design finishing near the beautiful Niagara Falls. Other RUNFest Weekend events include the RunFEST Expo, International Breakfast Run, Pasta Dinner and RunFEST Sweepstakes. Enjoy one of the most unique memorable runs in North America where your experience goes the distance.



Niagara Falls International Marathon

Event Details

Location 6650 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls


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Discipline Expo/Seminar
Start Date/Time October 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
End Date/Time N/A
Address Niagara
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November 7th, 2016 7:22 pm

LOVED IT!! Elvis, Marilyn, Foxy Brown, Austin Powers, what more could you ask for to cheer you on!!!!
Will be back next year.

November 4th, 2016 1:08 pm

Minus the weather, I enjoyed this race. Few things to highlight:
- Free shuttle buses to the start!
- Heating tents at the beginning
- Plenty of water stations, all were well staffed
- Disposable jackets given to you at the end.
- Super flat course. Downhill near the end of the race.

The only thing I did not enjoy about this race was the terrible weather. I felt like I ran 16km against the wind! I think they also need to work out some deal with the convention center to provide free parking. I don't mind paying to go to a fitness expo, but this expo had barely anything. It was pretty much just for packet pickup.

November 2nd, 2016 9:44 pm

I really enjoyed it, my first marathon ever. Course was a bit wet but almost entirely downhill, they seem to have resolved the issues previous posters had with lack of water and fuel at stations. Everyone was very supportive and nurturing. Registration was easy and so was the border. The art gallery was beautiful and my pace bunny was very consistent. I'd recommend it for sure.

June 2nd, 2016 10:36 pm

This was my first full. As an American currently living in Canada I thought it was very cool to run over the Peace Bridge-the border crossing was very efficient and the Art Gallery a nice place to kill an hour while waiting. I liked that I wasn't crowded-plenty of room to run and didn't feel I had to run around people. My ONLY complaint was that the 1/2 marathon starts the same time as the full, which was fine except I ran a full in under 4 1/2 hours and the massage people started packing up when I got there! I just ran 26 miles???!!! So they did all the 1/2 marathon people who ran 13? I was a bit disappointed. There wasn't much at the end- no samples of food or anything. Other than that the cheering and volunteers at each km mile marker was great and they really kept me going.

Tara Wilson
February 3rd, 2016 1:30 pm

Loved this half! It was COLD!!!!! Heated tents at the start where brilliant! Free bus transportation always a plus, great shirt and medal (like to get the full medal next year ~ it spun!) Lovely route and of course having your name announced upon finishing is always a rush!

November 9th, 2015 7:38 pm

My first half marathon. Heated tents at start. Organised buses. Plenty of washroom facilities. Best of all they read your name out over the PA system when you finish :)
Lots of fun

November 8th, 2015 9:29 pm

So, this was my 1st half, but I have been to many, many races with my running addicted hubby. I LOVED this race!! The scenery was beautiful, the course was well marked, the water stops were plentiful! We really enjoyed the prerace day breakfast race with Captain Canada! :) The ONLY thing we did not like was that there was next to nothing to eat at the end. Many races have pizza or pasta for the racers at the end, there were only cliff bars, bananas, and HUNKS of bagels at the end of this race. No milk or other filling foods. So, amp up the food at the end and this would be a 5 star experience! :)

October 30th, 2015 10:22 am

This was my 30th Marathon and I loved it. It was almost entirely flat except for the Peace Bridge. It was 100% clouds and 45 degrees F. Everything I wanted - except the wind. It was a stiff headwind for probably 20 miles of the race, but I still loved it. Great finish just short of the mist of the falls. WELL organized with completely closed roads most of the course. If that wind had been a tail wind, It would be my favorite race! Beautiful scenery. NOt much in the crowd support department, but I never care that much about that.

Bruno Warkentin
October 28th, 2015 2:22 pm

Great race awesome course extremely well organized. Kudos to all volunteers

Les Walc
October 27th, 2015 3:16 pm

Great Race! Very well organized considering you get to cross the border into the US. Start at an Art Gallery in Buffalo which is a treat. Indoors, sheltered, music. Plenty of portable toilets.

Course is fantastic with beautiful city streets, the great bridge and then the final run along NiagaraFall parkway. Once you see the Falls, your almost there.

Great post race treats. Good medal.

Nice VIP tent for overall and Masters top three.

October 26th, 2015 7:04 pm

This was my first time running this race and I would do it again definitely! The course is great. Flat and beautiful. Running along the Niagara river!
The cons to this race: Expo is very small! I showed up about an half hour after it opened the first day and I didn't receive anything in my race kit besides my shirt and bib but then I hear others received lots of goodies. A bit disappointed.
Also the start area. It is kind of disappointing that we have to stand in a tent for nearly an hour before the start. Your legs go numb. Too bad they can't figure a better start area for the half marathoners that might provide better shelter. Especially when it is cold out.

First and Last Marathon in Niagara
February 6th, 2015 2:32 pm

Terrible marathon for a slow runner. 90% of water stations had run out of electrolyte drinks and snacks that were advertised did not exist.

December 7th, 2014 5:58 pm

After the marathon, e-mailed the race director. Did not hear back. Last 10 K had no honeymax (or whatever the sports drink is called). Some stations even had no water! No energy gel. I got so frustrated I told one of the volunteers at the fluid station, "This is a VERY dangerous race." She gave me an apple - that was the best thing I tasted!!! Totally unacceptable for an international marathon.

Best part of the marathon was being in the USA. Once we got into Canada, it was downhill until the end.

Fortunately, nobody died along the route since there was no sports drinks nor gels.

Very disappointed.

November 2nd, 2014 9:05 pm

Views and course awesome. Unfortunately, not a race for slower runners. Roads were opened before 6 hrs, finish line broken down early, and water stations abandoned 20miles in. They said we had 7hrs and I expected to be treated the same as faster runners. If you want to close early reduce it to 5hrs.

Still Chilly
October 31st, 2014 3:28 pm

I ran this as my first marathon. Overall the race and expo were well organized.

The crowds were very scarce but I had a running partner and the other runners around us were very positive and up-beat. It would have been nice if some volunteers were out cheering on the course as I have had this at other events.

Really the biggest complaint is the lack of food, water etc. at the finish for the later finishers. We had several people ask us where we got our sandwich boxes and bananas. It turned out that they were still there (if you asked) but hard to find as most of the finish line was being dismantled with an hour or more left for the marathon runners to finish.

They also need to communicate that the Wego buses were taking the runners (even the later ones) back down to the Crowne Plaza for free. I understand that many runners had a long walk back to their car when the shuttles ran every half hour or so.

Overall, as my first full marathon, it was a good experience. The biggest room for improvement (and avoiding bad reviews) is to communicate the amenities that exist for runners - food shouldn't be hard to find after running 26 miles!

Lastly, yes it's windy (and cold)but the organizers cannot control the weather :)

disappointed runner
October 28th, 2014 4:48 pm

This was a VERY poorly organized race. They never had any of the support items they advertised along the course - not one item of food or gel, not one bandaid or lubricant, and they RAN OUT OF WATER!!!! How is that even possible?! That's incredibly dangerous!!!

Aside from the fact that it was unsafe, there was also very little in the way of cheering along the course. The only real support was on the US side. Maybe the US should take over offering this race in the future, since clearly the Canadians DON'T HAVE A CLUE!!!

Sanjay Mohanta
October 28th, 2014 7:42 am

This was my 61st marathon! I will start off with the positives:
1. The Race Expo - free parking! Lots of vendors! I registered for a marathon for the discount the day of the expo. I didn't because it didn't have one even though it was in my hometown of Ottawa.
2. The Border crossing - very smooth!
The negatives:
1. Honeymax! What is Honeymax? I use gatorade as do many of the runners from around the world and across the US. What was worse was that the aid stations ran out of it 16 miles in.
2. Volunteers. There were none at mile 25. Sheesh.
3. finish line food - They were packing stuff up when I got there. Only apples and bananas and some oranges. Would have liked some bagels or something else.
Not a bad race but still needs improvement. The views are beautiful but as a city kid I kind of got bored watching the same view. A cool concept but can improve with some changes.

October 27th, 2014 6:57 pm

I ran the 10k in 2014 and overall I enjoyed it, but I do have a few suggestions for next year.

1) The Expo was lots of fun with many vendors, but I felt that the actual race kit pickup could've been more organized. It was easy to pick up my bib, but trickier to navigate through the mall for my tech shirt and swag bag.

2) The course was well marked and had plenty of hydration stations, which I really appreciated, but there were not enough port-o-lets at the starting line for the size of the crowd. I am a woman, but I had to resort to a nearby copse of trees or else I would've missed the start of my race despite being on site and in line half an hour early.

3) I would've liked to see more protein/fitness supplement type things in the swag, and I also would've appreciated vouchers or discount offers as Niagara is a very touristy town and we came to the race with plenty of added time before and after for sightseeing.

All of the volunteers at the Expo assisting with registrations were exceedingly friendly and helpful, and despite have a difficult run due to some issues of my own, it was impossible not to have fun. Be forewarned that it is VERY windy and cold along the shore, however, so if you get a nice day that's fabulous, but you need to incorporate some rainy and windy-day training to really be prepared.

October 27th, 2014 2:06 pm

We participated in the 10k run. The route for the race was very pretty and finished with a slight downhill, which is always nice. The little jacket provided after the race was also a nice touch given it was such a cool day. The one issue we had was with finding the start and finish lines. We asked numerous hotel staff where the start was and no one was able to help. Two people actually took us in the wrong direction. For future events, I would suggest that you equip all hotels with event kits so they can answer questions.

November 23rd, 2013 6:21 pm

Too bad this race slipped up in a few crucial areas. Parking for the sign in was a mess. I ended up getting a ticket for parking in a field which seemed a logical place to park. The post race was poorly organized. Ended race in a park 4k from the bus pick up area we started from. No buses to take us back. I ended up walking, cold & sore. Too bad because the race course was nice and flat and quite scenic. Nice to start in the US side. The pasta dinner the night before was also well attended and very good.

November 1st, 2013 7:53 pm

Please don't be fooled by the few positive ratings - this was a very very poorly organized event that was not accommodating for runners. I WOULD NOT recommend the marathon to any runner, and would encourage them to find a more runner-friendly marathon. It's no surprise that organizers have not found the courage to respond the very legitimate concerns and critique of participants.

Here's the good about this race - the course itself was flat and all the volunteers were friendly. The rest, in my opinion, was negative. The main problems with this event lie within the details:

- Runners had to ride on a shuttle for nearly an hour to get to start location of the race.

- Pace leaders for the race ran inconsistent paces and were no where to be found. This was a big problem for me - the 4 hour pace leader started out running running splits of 8:30 miles - way too fast for 4 hours.

- The food and refreshments that were advertised at the rest stops (fruits, Timbits, gels etc) were nowhere to be found.

- After the race was finished, runners had no where to sit and had to stand with aching legs in long, slow, lines to get their belongings.

- The food and refreshments after the race were very scarce and almost insulting to runner. I have ran in 5K races were a better assortment of food and drink was available.

Like I said above - avoid this race. While the concept sounds cool, the actual execution is very bad. Save your money and run in a marathon where the organizers actually care about their runners.

October 31st, 2013 1:40 pm

A friend of mine was running the half, so I thought I'd tag along for cheering support and run the 10k. Wow - I'm not sure about the 2 and 5 k races, but the 10 is clearly an after thought that the race organizers care little about. If you're looking for a nice 10k race...don't bother. If you happen to be there's a nice flat course for a PB.

- fast and flat

- lots of walkers in the group that didn't line up at the back as they are supposed to (had to dodge about 100 people in the first 500m)
- 7 port-a-potties at the start line (and no other options nearby). 30 minutes before the start time, there was a line up that was probably an hour long
- the race organizers don't consider a 10k to be 'advanced' running. Presumably, they think that only full (maybe half) marathon runners are avanced. I know some 5 and 10k specialists who might disagree.

October 31st, 2013 12:00 pm

This is a race that is coming into it's own. I did the 5k last year and the 10k this year. It was definitely better this year. Here are some of the pros:
-Great large finisher medal (I love bling)
-Great long-sleeved shirt (A nice seasonal touch)
-2k (Very cool to see the race promoting fitness for the youngin's)
-Great course along the Niagara River
-Good expo and Frienship run on Saturday

I hope to do the 1/2 Marathon next year.

October 31st, 2013 11:49 am

October Weather tends to be cool and the weather was colder then I expected. I should have worn warmer gear. I didn't find any problems with organization or the Marathon course and I am sure there would have been more spectators had it not been so cold. The one complaint I have is with the cost of parking at the falls. It’s expensive for people who just come to cheer on the Runners.

October 30th, 2013 4:35 pm

Expo was good and well organized. The course was flat and pretty but rather lonely for the first 11 miles of the half. Why was the Sheraton called "race headquarters" on the website if no activities were based there? Many employees didn't even know about the race! Most things seemed well organized but the post race activities left much to be desired. Recovery food was lacking and if doing the shuttles back to the Crowne Plaza was difficult....had to walk way too far once it was located. I printed my half marathon finisher certificate today only to see that it says I ran the marathon distance, not the half. More attention to details is needed. Will not run again and will not recommend.

October 30th, 2013 2:10 pm

Route is flat(great for beginners)
After race snack
Started right on time
Shuttles to start
Great volunteers/Water Stations

Paying $100 to enter and not be able to switch shirt sizes (Ill never wear it)

Lack of Swag in Swag Bag(probably the least exciting bag I've had in the last 2.5hr Years)
Distance makers in KM not miles/or do both
Signage was all over the place with miles/KM

End of race - lining up for medals - need way more volunteers handing out and a bigger space to do this(I don't think you need to put it around ever runners neck)I want to keep my legs moving after I have run a half so it was frustrating when the line for medals was taking a long time and there's 3 people doing it for hundreds of runners.

Monitor snack stations at the finish(there was lots when I got in) I noticed people with handfuls of bags of apples/bananas - should be one item of each per person or two snacks items a person(depending what you budget) those coming in later near the end need snacks too I just think its unfair when people take handfuls of stuff.

Nice flat course but over kms the scenery is very boring. One road is great for planning and organizing but maybe look at switching the route if possible?

Great race, awesome for someone just starting out and looking for something easy and fun. Thanks for your time and efforts to plan this huge event. I know you can't please everyone and there is always "something" so pat on the back for a job well done to all involved

October 30th, 2013 8:13 am

Ran the 1/2 in 2013 - over all enjoyed the race. It was a beautiful course and there were a lot of water stations - that was great. Minor irritants - markers in miles instead of KM, there were no separate markers for the 1/2 and the fact that the half was actually 21.2 kms as a result. I was VERY near a PB and the additional 100m made a difference! It was difficult to figure out the busses from the finish back to the hotels - some signage or something would have helped.

dave fed
October 29th, 2013 10:22 pm

expo was a late entrance to the half i had to register the sat before but they were very helpful...hope next year they have better maps for supporter/family parking etc..great race route ..well organized post race

Team World Vision
October 29th, 2013 9:48 pm

We had a large group of Team World Vision runners at this event participating in the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon races. For many, this was their first race experience and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They can't wait to do another one. I ran my first full marathon and give two thumbs up for the detailed pre-race instructions, the expo, the smooth busing to Buffalo, the thoughtfully organized start-area setup, the scenic course, the frequent and well-manned hydration stations, the enthusiastic spectators, and the nice downhill to the finish-line. Can't wait to bring an even bigger team to this event next year!

Philippe Fortin
October 29th, 2013 9:00 pm

My first full marathon. It was a great organisation. It's sure its not a big marathon with a big crowd. But it was easy for my family to follow me in a car (Km7,12,21,32 and finish)

October 29th, 2013 6:51 pm

I LOVE this race event. I have run every distance of the event except the full marathon. I actually like the new course. I enjoyed the new theme for the expo this year and I bought some great new nutritious snacks that I sampled and ended up purchasing. I think overall this is a great race and the effort put into it shows, there is something new every year. I loved how my name is on the bib number, and then when you activate your number, you see it on the screen! Cool! I enjoyed the warming jacket at the finish, the nutritious nuts and snacks provided, and the overall camaraderie. I like how the results are posted and you can see how you did very soon after you are finished. I love how the expo is in the cool Skylon Tower and I never mind the weather because my excitement for being there far outweighs my awareness of the weather! I mean, it started out by seeing Gordon Lightfoot perform in Buffalo on Friday night, getting a 'warm up' race in on Saturday on Goat Island, a fabulous buffet at the casino, and It was fun to cruise the course in the car the night before to see what I would be up against, and imagine in my mind my strategies to win!!and my beloved Niagara Falls race on Sunday!! It takes a lot of planning and people to bring a race event like this together and to see it all peak on race day is AWESOME!! Great job to everone involved, I had a FANTASTIC weekend!! Do you have a date yet for next year? ; ) I give this race a '10'....TEN BANANAS!!!!

October 29th, 2013 5:12 pm

Ran this as my first marathon. I agree with the lack of crowd support on the back km's but I actually loved the peace and quiet of running on the parkway. The crowd for the last 2km's was awesome ad really gave my energy a boost! I agree with others that this is a windy course, but really flat and beginner friendly.

October 29th, 2013 5:42 pm

I love the concept of a race that crosses the US/Canada border...probably not easy logistics for the organizers to plan! I also love that this a very friendly race with runners from all over the world. I like the flat course and pretty scenery. The one big detractor for me was the lack of food along the marathon course. I was planning on making use of the food that was listed on the website (grapes, chocolate, timbits, etc). Luckily I took plenty of gels with me as a back-up since that's all I had for most of the race. I was starving, freezing and exhausted by mile 25 when I finally got an orange quarter and some jelly beans. The lack of food at the finish line was even more disappointing. A banana and a tortilla as you walk through the chute doesn't cut it. Most 5K races I've been to have provided more food. I certainly expected more from a long race with a large field like this one.

Running Mom
October 29th, 2013 4:00 pm

I have run the NFIM Half twice before (2004 and 2012), this was my first time running the full marathon. After the scenery of Buffalo, the bridge (which is great) and Old Ft. Erie it was about 15 miles of monotonous scenery, no crowd support and strong head winds. The cytomax was VERY watery and the aid stations were out of candy by the time I got there (I saw empty containers on the ground so I knew they were there for the Halfers). It even felt like the cheer stations had lost their pep by the time the full marathon runners were coming by. Also, the T-shirt this year was the same for all the races. Doesn't seem right that people running 2K get the same shirts as those running 26.2 miles! Couldn't even buy a shirt that said NFI "Marathon" - all said "Half" on the bottom. I'm from western york so I'll stick with the Buffalo marathon. There, you get a huge post race party with unlimited BEER, pizza, bagels, fruit, snacks, free parking, no shuttles and TONS of crowd support. I may run this again as a Half, but not the full. Positive: I liked the Expo and they were super nice to my son - they gave tons of arcade tokens, which made his day.

October 29th, 2013 11:01 am

Amazing race, love the race shirt. Will do again. So glad it didn't rain. Love the volunteers. Wish that we the mileage was in ams instead of miles. Will do again, marathon next time. Ran the half this time.

October 29th, 2013 11:30 am

A super race. I am lucky to have it so close. Cool weather helped me ace my target time. Pace bunny easy to follow.

Flat course with good distance markers.
Good aid supplies and support.
Nice day (day before had been cold and pouring rain).

Distance markers should be in KMs. That is what many of the Canadian runners train.
It can get a little lonely out on the parkway.

October 29th, 2013 10:47 am

My first destination race doing the 10k. Would have liked to have seen alot more port a potties at the start line. I felt bad for some of the 5k'ers that missed their start because they were still standing in line! Six is definitely not enough for that amount of people! The route was nice and flat, the scenery was good, though I would have like to have seen more of the river. Very few spectators, but really appreciated the school group whooping it up near the bridge. Volunteers along the course were non-existent. The walkers should be instructed to line up at the back for the start. I saw a few nearly get stepped on.

October 29th, 2013 10:55 am

I did the half marathon this year, my second time doing it. The weather was cold and windy so yes it was harder running into a head wind. Race time was at 10 but bus dropped off at 8;30 so we had to wait in the cold. There were tents but didn't help too much. Next time i will catch one of the last busses to the start line. Lots of washrooms, water stations and tonnes of people cheering us all on! You could really feel the enthusiasm of the spectators.

Mark M
October 29th, 2013 10:26 am

This was my first Marathon, and I thought it was a good one. Great scenery the whole way, with good support from the pacers and other runners. The one part that was very disappointing was the food after the race, water, bananas, and Apples in a bag? Yes there were some samples of nutrition bars, but after a Marathon we need more nutrition. Very disappointed as I had to go someplace to buy food just to put something into my body. Suggestion, get some local food places like Tim Horton's, or a grocery store to sponsor food post race. I will consider running again next year.

October 29th, 2013 10:49 am

Great course. Two ways to improve race though:

1. There was no way to determine which cups had electrolytes (cytomax in 2013) and which cups had water. Develop visual or structural way to make it easy for runners to grab electrolyte or water in case volunteers are not vocal with what cups contain.

2. Structure the start of the half marathon differently. As Elite marathoners are entering the second half of the course slow half marathoners/walkers are in the way of the elite marathoners which can cause collisions at water stations and in general.

Wont be back next year
October 29th, 2013 10:12 am

I will not be returning. The start location was probably the best part of the run. We were able to remain indoors out of the cold until close to the race start time. I didn't see any nutrition until around mile 8 where they gave out swedish berries. The crowds were sparse and there was very little support.... they couldn't access the parkway except for limited points. There was not a single bit of nutrition until mile 25ish when oranges were offered. Besides that, water was provided at poorly run aid stations and a gatorade type drink very sporadically. The headwind could not be helped by race organizers of course, but there were no aid tents to speak of along the route if needed. Perhaps the 1/2 marathon start at mile 13.1 had tents but not for that reason. The finish area was awful. I received my medal (quite nice) and then was greeted by a couple of tables of food...bananas, pita (just plain bread), a very small granola bar and sliced apples. Yep, that will replenish lost calories and energy from a 26.2 mile run! From that area you had to weave your way through crowded sidewalks to find the buses with our checked bags. People were wandering around lost and confused as to how they were going to get back to the attraction area. There was nothing festive or fun about the finish area. This is not my first marathon. It will be my last at Niagara Falls. Truly disappointed.

Jim M.
October 29th, 2013 10:03 am

I ran in the half marathon, my third this season and the first without any rain. As a very late bloomer into running I will never be close to winning a race at this distance, but enjoyed the event. The course is pleasant and was well patrolled, with sufficient water and comfort stops along the way. This area has a strong running culture, but it is not a spectator sport at all here. And it is October on the peninsula so wind is the rule, but it was not overwhelming. With a few glitches the event was pretty well organized, although I never found the promised buses back to the Crowne Point after the race. Would do it again.

October 29th, 2013 10:54 am

This was my first 5k race. It was a beautiful route. I would totally do it again.

Average Event
October 29th, 2013 10:01 am

This was my first time participating in this event. I ran the 10k. I am not from the area and had a hard time finding the correct parking area. I never found it and ended up parking miles away from the start line. After a long trek, I finally found a bus that took us from the finish line area to the start line before the race started. I got there maybe 5 minutes before start time. I would have liked clearer maps of the area than the ones passed out at the expo. The expo was great, medals were super neat and the finish line area was good. The course scenery was rather average. Please have more signage next year around the race area so that non-locals can find the right areas to park.

Laural Adams
October 29th, 2013 10:10 am

I ran the half marathon. I loved it. I loved the donation bins for throwaway clothes. I loved the crowd support. I loved the high school cheer support. There were tons of water stations, which helped. I loved my pace bunny. Everything was well organized from the emails to the busing. My family had an awesome time because they followed the map to know where to cheer me on. We loved making it into a destination race. Totally going back.

Sara Bettencourt
October 28th, 2013 1:19 pm

This was my first time for this event and I ran the 5k. I figured it would make for a great weekend getaway, in addition to being able to participate in the race.

The course was nice and flat, so very easy to get a personal best, however it would've been nice to see more volunteers. I wish that after the race there was more going on, but I guess it was because the marathon/half marathon were to be completed later on in the morning. The medal was really nice! :)

Overall a decent experience, and something different. I would consider doing it again.

October 27th, 2013 8:26 pm

Expo very disappointing
Never found buses to do return drive

Pretty route
Good atmosphere at water stations

October 27th, 2013 7:49 pm

I chose this race because it would make a great destination for the weekend. In coming to Niagara Falls, I was lucky I was driving to the start line as there were no buses around to take people from the main Niagara Falls area to the start line. If there was buses, there was a extreme lack of communication. Smaller crowds out there. This race runs along the river, but is hard to see with it being blocked by trees. This race isn't the most beautiful scenery but is a easy flat route and great for locals and beginners that want an easier route. I won't be returning though as there are others races out there for me to try

June 3rd, 2013 4:40 pm

The late date in October means that this race often gets very poor weather. The year I ran it (2003) it was cold and raining. The bus drops you off in a park in Buffalo that has no shelter from the elements, and depending on your assigned bus time, you could be out there for hours. I was soaked to the bone and freezing by the time the race started. The race has a strong head wind in the second half, and they block all of the roads going down to the Niagara Parkway so that people can't cheer you on even if they wanted to. I bonked at mile 20 and had to walk 2 more miles until my husband could get down a road to pick me up - I swear it took me 2 days to finally stop shivering!

Running Wild
April 1st, 2013 6:04 pm

I ran the 5k at this event and it was pretty good. A fun little out and back. It was disappointing that more order wasn't given at the beginning of the course - it's never fun to get stuck behind a stroller or a gang of walkers. The parking was also a nightmare and no consideration given to people who may not know the Niagara Falls area and where to park.
The expo was pretty good and the friendship run on Saturday was great.

Buffalo Runnergrl
November 21st, 2012 3:53 pm

It was my first full Marathon. Have run the half in the past.
Biggest problem was poorly formulated energy drink--it was soooo watery
at nearly every stop.
Not much crowd support the last 6 miles . Not many photographers on course either.
Starting line excellent with water,coffee&muffins... a few more porta potties would have been better. Great traffic control along route to Peace Bridge too.
I will probably run this again (its practically in my backyard)

Sandy Musson
June 12th, 2012 5:55 pm

I have run this event many times and every time I say I don't like it I have my fastest run yet! Although the US to Canada crossing is a neat concept I really enjoyed the race the year it started and finished at the Falls as a big loop. Eliminates the wind, the bus and clearing customs.

June 11th, 2012 3:19 pm

2011. The 10K event started early enough that no on was out cheering, and one of the aid stations was not set up yet. That whole event felt like more of an afterthought to the full and half marathons. The course itself was quite boring. The expo was good and the race kit was full of great stuff. The medals were awesome.

March 3rd, 2012 11:42 am

Disappointed in the race. Beautiful scenery but poorly organized. Lack of photographers on the course and they were "too tired" to take our pictures during the marathon. Two of the aid stations ran out of water and thankful we had friends for support. Will choose another marathon next time.

Karl Seger
March 2nd, 2012 2:06 pm

terrible race absolutely no crowd support. ran 15 miles all by myself into the wind

peter donato
October 13th, 2011 3:10 pm

This is a good marathon if you like running into the One out of every five years it's with you, so you can take that gambling scenario with you to the casino as well...

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