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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, October 14, 2018
2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 60°F (15°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.55
Course Score: 98.55

Race Size

2017: 293 Finishers
2016: 273 Finishers
2015: 357 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 4.1%
2016: 11%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Empire State Marathon is a mostly flat course with approximately 15 flat miles (first 9 and last 6 miles) along Onodaga Lake and Onodaga Creek. The middle section climbs from the lake and creek area at just below 400 feet to just above 500 feet. You'll climb three hills that carry you above this 500 foot threshold.

Marathon Rankings

The Empire State Marathon was the 202nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 221st largest in 2016.

Last year 4.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Empire State Marathon the 381st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 167th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.55 ranks it as the 266th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 10th fastest course in New York.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Empire State Marathon a PR Score of 98.55. This PR Score ranks it as the 206th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in New York.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 511 feet (155m)
Min Elevation: 360 feet (109m)


Recent Empire State Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Empire State Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Mile markers 5 & 6 were inaccurate. Mile markers 8-10 were missing. The remaining markers were sporadic or missing and assumed inaccurate. There was no half marathon mat or mile marker. Poor starting line logistics, not organized. I am not sure if the race director has run or even organized a 5K.

Race Tips

Nice, scenic, flat course.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plenty of race day parking. We could literally arrived 5 min before the race and not missed the start.

review of 2013 Empire State Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well run Mid-sized (500+in full; 1500 Half). Super nice section that runs along Onondago lake (miles 2-6 and 20-24). Some of the middle miles are run on the shoulder of the road w/ a pretty severe slope. Decent sized expo w/ race themed items if that's your thing. Even tho this year we didn't get great foilage I think usually you can expect fall at its best. Tons of water stops and all w/ sports drink but in 2013 it was accelerade (I can't handle that) so beware. Simple food afterward but they did have chocolate Milk! Yeah! Nice long sleeve tech shirt and good medal.

Race Tips

There are some hills in the middle miles. They can be long but they are gentle inclines. There a mile long downhill @ 19 then super flat the final 10K when runners need it. We had sunny cool weather in 2013. Half begins after the full so no early road congestion.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed in a Motel 6 that was about 10 minutes away. Race begins and ends @ local baseball stadium so parking was easy (folks guided cars into place). There is a pasta dinner but I didn't go.

review of 2012 Empire State Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful Upstate New York Fall scenery
Great weather in 2011 and 2012 (in the 50s, no rain, some sun)
Supportive crowd
Logistically easy (plenty of parking, toilets)
Well-stocked aid stations (water and sports drink, gels)
Great race shirts
This is a wonderful race. I ran this race in 2011 and 2012 and will run again tomorrow for 2013. I ran my first marathon in D.C. and found the travel from Syracuse to D.C., travel on race morning, and long lines for toilets to be stressful. Then I ran the Empire State Marathon and I realized my experience in D.C. was not necessary. I am now reluctant to run a different marathon because the Empire State Marathon is so close to home, wonderfully organized, and beautiful. Running the marathon distance itself can be stressful enough so why not find a race that keeps other stress factors to a minimum. This race is it!

Race Tips

If you prefer a particular type of energy gel, bring your own.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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