Early arrival. Hydration.
Waiting at Big Blue near the start line as shown in the glass door reflection
Discussing the race course map with News 4 photojournalist Dan Holland.
Time to enter the starting corral.
Both marathon and half marathon start together.
Police escorts are ready.
Mike Beato Jr. is perched at the Embassy Suites for a good look at the start.
Ready. Set. Go!
The elite runners lead the pack. In the bright yellow-green, Kiplangat “Kip” Tisia defended his Buffalo Marathon title in a record time of 2:15:59, earning him a $2,000 bonus plus the $2,000 race prize.
Dress in orange hat and shirt, near the 1:55 pacer.
Breezing along. Only 13 miles to go!
Lots of red, white and blue this Memorial Weekend.
One of the elite runners turns the corner at the 6 mile mark.
Pacer for 1:50 half marathon. A little to fast for me!
Dan Holland of News 4 gets down low for a shot.
Marathon relayer Rick Serley (7018) starts his leg of the race.
Still hanging with the 1:55 group at the 6 mile mark.
So far, so good.
'Shark Girl' is a pace runner!
At Soldier's Circle in North Buffalo. Elizabeth Galanti signals to husband Joseph that it's time to start snapping photos!
Elizabeth Galanti photobombing!
Matt Roll (#5230 in blue) just a few yards behind.
Spotted again on the return trip after circling through Lincoln Parkway.
Half Marathon winner Ayele Mergersa Feisa breaks the tape in 1:05:36 -- average pace was 5:00 a mile. That's fast!
Women's half marathon winner Laura S Hagley nearing the finish line. She finished in 1:18:22.
Soldiers greeting the finishers.
The finish line is in sight!
Following young girls, all wired up for music!
50 yards to go.
Done. Finished in 1:58:58.
Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter passing out finisher medals.