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Presented By Maguire Family of Dealerships


A Buffalo Runner of the Year Series Event!!

The 2023 USATF Niagara Open/Masters Half Marathon Championships




The Grand Island Half Marathon is proud to announce its principal beneficiary for this year's event, The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island, an all-volunteer organization that provides food assistance to in need residents of Grand Island, The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island could use your support this holiday season. If you are able to donate any food, we will be collecting non-perishables at any of our upcoming events.

New This Year

  • RaceJoy - Free phone live tracking, progress alerts, and cheer sending.

  • FREE Downloadable Photos!!!!    Arranged by Bib number, Download your photos, Share them on social media, or even upload your own photos!! Photographers will be at the Start, Turnaround, and Finish line.                You deserve your photo finish!!

  • TEAM COMPETITION: Featuring Cash Prizes and Awards Enter a team of three runners. This is not a relay. All runners must run the entire 13.1 Miles. Team results scored based on the aggregate finish time of team members. 
    Cash Prizes and awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

  • First Time Half Marathons receive their medal with a distinct ribbon acknowledging their accomplishment, and will have the opportunity to take a picture in front of a first-time 1/2 Marathon placard

  • The GBTC Grand Island Half Marathon will be hosting the 2023 USATF Niagara Half Marathon Open/Masters Association Championships.  With the race being designated the Half Marathon Championship, this also includes being apart of the 2023 USATF Niagara Runner Of The Year Series and the USATF Niagara Team Grand Prix Series.  More Information TBA. 
    For membership information:
    For additional USATF Niagara information:

  • More to come!!


Race Fee: $80 for both in-person and virtual entries (plus $3.15 transaction fee at checkout) until January 1st.  Virtual entries will receive their gear via US mail, mailing date TDB once we receive the race shirts from our vendor. $120 for Duo Teams. EARN Cash Back by referring friends. Refer 3 or more participants and earn $20 back!  It's easy. Just share the special link you will receive in your registration confirmation email. Send the link to friends via email. Post the link on FB, Twitter, etc. You will earn cash back after 3 people register using your unique link!  


There is no race day registration. NO REFUNDS.  Registrations may be deferred to the next scheduled Grand Island Half Marathon OR 10K until April 15. You may transfer your registration to another runner at no charge.


Race fee includes:

-Chip timing, water and sports drinks at 6 hydration stations along the course 
-Post race party and beverages from 10AM - Noon

-A Quality Hooded Sweatshirt available in Blue or Pink 
-A giveaway to be announced soon
-Commemorative medal awarded to every Half Marathon finisher!
Half Marathon Awards:
The Overall male and female winners.
The Overall Masters male and female winners.
The Overall 19 and under male and female winners.
Top Three Finishers in each 5-year age division from 19 and under to 80+ 

Team Awards

Cash Prizes and awards will be given to 1st($200) 2nd ($100)and 3rd place(Athletic Brewing Beer) for:
Overall Open Male
Overall Open Female
Overall Masters Men
Overall Masters Women


James Dickinson 1:06:47 in 2021

Christine Cote 1:19:54 in 1998

David O'Keeffe 1:09:36 in 1999

Susan Munson 1:24:32 in 2002

Race Day Details and Amenities:
Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 8:00AM start at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY (between Buffalo and Niagara Falls). The race starts and finishes in the main parking lot. Runners will pickup their bib number on race morning at Beaver Island State Park. Shirts, medals and other race swag will be available at the finish line. The course is flat, out and back, along the scenic Niagara River. More than 85% of the course is closed to traffic. There is no time limit to complete the course. 6 hydration stations along the course. Race Volunteers will place cups of water and Gatorade on tables for runners to pick up. Cups will not be handed to runners in order to reduce contact.  Runners may also carry their own water bottles to refill along the course.

6 portable toilet stations along the course plus additional in the start/finish area.

Duo Division


A "Duo Team" is  composed of one runner pushing one person with a permanent disability in a racing wheelchair. 


Duo Team Division rules:

- Both entrants must sign the race waiver
- One runner is allowed to push the other team member the entire race distance
- The runner must be tethered to the chair and the rider safely secured
- The duo runner will appear in the overall and age group results based on the team's finishing time. The duo rider finish time will be listed in the "Duo" division based on the team's finishing time. 
- Duo Team registration is available for the in-person event only


QUESTIONS? Send an email to

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2020 Grand Island Half Marathon Photo Collage

2023 Race Hoodie

2023 Participating Sponsors

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Age Divisions:

19 & under, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 - 79, 80 and up.


Take the Beaver Island exit off the I-190. Follow signs to the park. Free admission to the park for all runners and their families. Veer left as you enter the park and look for the main parking lot. The start/finish line in located within the main parking lot and is a short walk from any parking spot you take. Please leave an empty space between cars when possible.

Beaver Island State Park
2136 Oakfield Rd
Grand Island, NY 14072

Please email for any further details.

Course Map:
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