In 1995 the Greater Buffalo Track Club started the Grand Island Half Marathon, conceptualized by coach Ken Hans. The course has changed over time and since 2006 is staged from Beaver Island State Park at the southern tip of Grand Island.
The race runs along the Niagara River (bordering the US and Canada) between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. After starting in Beaver Island State
Park, the race follows West River Parkway for about 6 1/2 miles, turns back and continues along the same route back to Beaver Island. The course is flat making it perfect for racing a new personal best. Click here for USATF course certification map.
The GBTC Grand Island Half Marathon will again be one of the twelve races in the Buffalo News Runner of the Year Series. Every year a portion of the race proceeds are donated to a local charity. Most recently, donations were made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for melanoma and prostate cancer education and research.
Beaver Island State Park is an almost 1000 acre park on Grand Island, NY with access to fishing, boating, golf, cycling and other activities. The post race party is located at the finish, Marina North & South picnic shelter next to the Niagara River. The race is easily commutable from points east such as Rochester and Syracuse. Also from the north from Toronto and St. Catherine's, ON. The hotel closest to the race is the Holiday Inn Grand Island.
Paul Hulme 1:08:13 in 1997
Christine Cote 1:19:54 in 1998
David O'Keeffe 1:09:36 in 1999
Susan Munson 1:24:32 in 2002