BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thousands of people will be downtown next weekend for the Buffalo Marathon.
This is the first time in the race’s history that it will sell out.
“I’m very excited. The committee has worked very hard to make this happen. Buffalo’s a great city and they deserve it,” Greg Weber, the race director of the Buffalo Marathon said.
Weber took over after director, Tom Donnelly unexpectedly passed away last November. “It has been very difficult. Tom was a visionary,” he said.
Weber said the goal is to fulfill the vision of past race director’s for the marathon. “We’re all committed to keeping their vision alive. Which is really making this a destination race for everybody in the country. Currently we have 40 states represented that are coming and six or seven countries.”
One of the changes to the race this year is a new starting line on Delaware Avenue near West Huron Street. It will accommodate the growing number of runners in the marathon.
The new course will go down Delaware Avenue toward Gates Circle. Then loop back out to Buffalo’s waterfront. The finish line will be in front of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Franklin Street.
Weber said he appreciates all of the patience of Buffalo residents during that time.
If you go to the race, you will see a new Stars and Stripes relay. This year, members of a national veterans organization, Team RWB will be in the race. Veterans will carry the American flag through the city for the whole 26.2 mile course. Weber said 10 to 12 teams have registered.
Another new feature is a beer crafted by the Flying Bison Brewing Company. It’s called “Mile 27.” The company’s founder, Tim Herzog said it was created with runners in mind.
“When you’re done running, you want a thirsty beer. You want it to have a nice flavor to it, but have a light body. Have a nice clean finish. So you don’t have a lot of dry mouth. You’re not having it with a steak dinner. You’re having it with the memory of a nice run,” Herzog said.
The John Beishline Memorial 5K will take place on Saturday, May 23. The Buffalo Marathon is on Sunday, May 24th. Runners step off at 7 a.m.