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Buffalo, NY

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Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie, Buffalo is New York State’s second most populous city. The Erie Canal, Lake Erie, and railroads are an important part of the city’s history as a major trading and industrial center. Buffalo was planned on a grand scale, with wonderful buildings, such as City Hall and the the Frank Lloyd Wright art gallery, and one of the most significant urban park systems in the country, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The scene for running in Buffalo centers around waterfront runs along Lake Erie and the Niagara River, and in some of the great parks and along Olmsted-designed parkways. Fun fact: the YMCA ‘Turkey Trot’ is the oldest continuously run footrace in the world.

The best places to run in Buffalo are the Olmsted-designed Delaware Park, and several routes showcasing Erie Basin and the Niagara River. There are also some great runs in the Tonawanda area. And no running experience in Buffalo is complete without doing a section of the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail. For more in the area, see our guide for nearby Niagara Falls  — both the U.S. and Canadian sides, and the  Niagara region of Ontario, including Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.

The NFTA operates an extensive bus and metro/light rail system. . Metro Rail light rail/subway operates through Buffalo’s central. Be aware that Buffalo can have cold and very snowy winters due to lake effect snows. Bring winter running gear!

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Some of our favorite runs in Buffalo, NY

Delaware Park

Wonderful running in Olmsted designed park. Nearby parkways also pleasant for running. We've mapped a 10k perimeter... more...

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Delaware Park

Buffalo, NY

Wonderful running in Olmsted designed park. Nearby parkways also pleasant for running. We've mapped a 10k perimeter route. Also the 1.75 mile "meadow loop" trail is a great way to see the park.
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Lasalle Park

Buffalo, NY

Great waterfront park in Buffalo and part of the riverwalk system. Terrific running path is 1.7 miles one way. Historic Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping station, harbor views.
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Erie Basin Marina

Erie Basin/Buffalo Harbor

Buffalo, NY

Another great spot for waterside running in Buffalo. The highlight is the 1 mile path along the Erie Basin Marina, which has lovely manicured gardens along the water, and views to Buffalo Main Light.
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A Taste of the Erie Canalway Trail

Buffalo, NY

No running experience in Buffalo is complete without doing a section of The 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail that runs between Buffalo and Albany! We've mapped three nice sections between Tonawanda and Lockport, totaling ~20 miles, with some short gaps.
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Delaware Park

Buffalo, NY

Wonderful running in Olmsted designed park. Nearby parkways also pleasant for running. We've mapped a 10k perimeter route. Also the 1.75 mile "meadow loop" trail is a great way to see the park.
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Buffalo has a four season climate. Lake Erie is an influence, resulting in lots of overcast,  precipitation falling on nearly 50% of days, and an average of 92 inches of snowfall annually. There are years when the snow can really stack up. Average January highs are around the freezing mark. Summers are warm and humid, with average high temps around 80F. Fall in the area is gorgeous.

Buffalo has a reasonable number of hotels in the downtown area, between S. Elmwood and Michigan Ave. and near the Convention Center. For good downtown running, try to stay near the water (Lake Erie, Buffalo River), such as at the Marriott Harbourcenter. There is also a cluster of hotels near the I-90/I-190 intersection.

Stores

Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo – Downtown. Group Runs on Mondays and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. with 2, 3, and 5 mile options. Leaves from store location.

Rick’s Sports and Apparels – Downtown.

Free Speed Sports – Downtown.

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Community and Runner Resources

South Buffalo Athletic Club: www.southbuffaloac.com

Checkers Athletic Club: www.checkersac.org

Greater Buffalo Track Club: www.buffalorunners.com

Buffalo Fleet Feet Sports: www.fleetfeet.com/storeprofile/60

Mike Beebe’s “Running” column: www.buffalonews.com/sports/columns/othercolumns.asp

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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot – the oldest continuously run footrace in the world!

Heart and Soul Run – February. 5k.

Old First Ward Shamrock Run – March. 8k.

Dolphin Dash – April. 5k.