BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York is going back to (mostly) normal, and because of that, the Buffalo Marathon will, too.
Organizers of the annual event announced that this year, it will be “a normal race that includes a single start with spectators allowed.”
There will be less than half the usual number of runners this year. Typically, there’s more than 8,000, but this year, that number is approximately 3,000. Even though restrictions were lifted in NYS, the executive director of the race said they can’t add more runners with such short notice before race day.
“I just had a delivery of 9,000 bottles of Gatorade,” Greg Weber said, the executive director of the Buffalo Marathon. “Go down to Tops, who is our sponsor, and be like, ‘I need another 9,000 bottles.’ We’re tapping their supply of Gatorade. Same thing with water.”
Food poses the same problem. It has taken about three weeks to pack up 3,000 to-go boxes of food for runners at the finish line. Aid stations are already set as well. Nearly 90 Kaleida nurses will be set up along the route for the 3,000 runners.
Last year, when COVID-19 began to impact the region, the Buffalo Marathon was postponed into 2021.
This past April, it was postponed again. It was set to take place during the end of May, but was pushed to June 26 and 27.
With hopes of raising $200,000 for Kaleida Health in the next 10 days, the race has, so far, brought in $191,977. Donations can be made here.
“The outpouring from the community in a pandemic, when everyone has suffered… the city and region have really stepped up,” Weber said. “It’s special… it really is.”