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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, October 14, 2018
2017: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 48°F (8°C)
Average High: 56°F (13°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.30
Course Score: 99.30

Race Size

2017: 809 Finishers
2016: 936 Finishers
2015: 721 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 2.5%
2016: 8.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Niagara Falls International Marathon starts by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo N.Y. The first 6.5km (4 miles) of the raceruns on the parkways of Buffalo before crossing the Peace Bridge into Fort Erie, Ontario. The course then follows the Niagara River Parkway and finishes at the magnificent Niagara Falls.

The course is flat and fast and has hosted two USA men's Olympic marathon trials in 1980 and 1984.

Marathon Rankings

The Niagara Falls International Marathon was the 9th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 8th largest in 2016.

Last year 2.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Niagara Falls International Marathon the 37th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 40th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.30 ranks it as the 12th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 5th fastest course in Ontario.

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 Niagara Falls International Marathon a PR Score of 99.30. This PR Score ranks it as the 12th fastest marathon in Canada and the 5th fastest in Ontario.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 675 feet (205m)
Min Elevation: 554 feet (168m)


Recent Niagara Falls International Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2017 Niagara Falls International Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Planned this race to be a cool and fast marathon (overall downhill) with friends, but cool it was not. Despite beautiful cool days before and after, marathon day was muggy with high winds. Decided to abandon actual racing to instead pace my slower friends. From the results, it was clear there were very few BQs this year. Hopefully, next year the weather will be better.

Race Tips

Watch the weather! It's usually beautiful this time of year. Also, if they are featuring Nuun on the course, try it in training. I did, and I was fine, but some people experience GI trouble if they haven't used it before.

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

The finish line vibe was great, but be aware that then there will be a long walk uphill to your hotel. There were trams parked there, but in our exhausted state, we couldn't really figure out if any of them were going anywhere useful for us.

Finish Time Equivalent

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