BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Nearly seven thousand runners hit the pavement Sunday morning for the annual Buffalo Marathon.
Many runners prepared for months for this and it paid off. Waynishet Abebe of Ethiopia was the first woman to finish at 2 hours and 55 seconds.
Kiplangat Tisia was the first male and he set a marathon record. Tisia crossed the finish line 39 seconds faster than the old record.
“I feel great. There’s nothing more that I could have asked for, than just running a 2:17. Money was out of the equation here. I was just going for time,” said Tisia.
This year’s race had a new route because of the construction along Ohio Street. The race started near Franklin and Chippewa Streets.
“I’m hearing from it from all the runners that have run this course today that it’s an awesome course. They love it. It’s faster, flatter and visually it’s just beautiful,” said Tom Donnelly, the race director.
There was also a 5k and Half Marathon that took place.
Ken Swain of Elma said it was on his bucket list to finish the 13.1 miles.
“It was really fun. All of the people cheering you on were really inspirational. It was fun,” said Swain.
Race officials also put up more barricades this year to keep runners safe. However not everyone liked the roadblocks. The race director said they provided extra protection.
“We do it more for security than anything. We want to make sure the course is very safe, closed off. The roads are closed and you can absolutely be sure there are no motorists on the streets that way,” said Donnelly.
Also new this year, marathon officials have a strict policy where they can inspect your bag at any time.
Many runners said they had a great time at this event and plan to come back next year.